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Voting Starts Now May Hotrodders,com Art Contest "50's Lead Sleds" Anything Goes

Last month the Art Contest wound up with a first time winner in this talent-fest. Brickyardboy dropped in a wicked scary movie car to top the polling. His choice was between a contest of Roth Style "Rat Fink" or a Full Chopped, Channeled, Sectioned "Lead Sleds Of The 50's", as we had done one similar before the "lead Sleds" got the nod for the subject matter this month and we are again in voting mode with some great artwork by many users we see all the time here and newbies to it. Take any style of art and there is substance to all the work, even if you crayon something, its art and all deserve some fine mentions.

The contest begins now May 26th and ends in 5 days "Memorial Day" to all the vet's out there and the people serving our country with the poll closing automatically and another chance for a winner to choose the subject matter of the next coming contest of June.

Please feel free to Vote, Comment, add anything you like to the polls as the artists worked hard to get some fine artwork involved for new desktops and images to look over and possibly try next contest for inspiration.

Artistís renderings are listed in post order some have more than one and also please make sure to check the larger images from the links below the artistís image to see more detail if there is one, images have been made smaller to make loading faster.

Enjoy Guys and Members !!

Vote Now For The Image You Like By Any Artist:

1 ) evil dead:
Registered User

Buick Lead Sled:

Member "Evil Dead" enters into the contest as he has before with his own style of making a lead sled different using photo manipulation, chopping, channeling, dropping and subtle touches to refine an image that is already a classic, the total look of the car lends to the idea that less is more but the hints of customization are all over it, mainly his work on the portholes moving them and creating a smoother flow gives this idea some food for thought to would be "sled slammers".

2 ) fortypickup:
Wolf in Hot Rodders upholstery

1950 Ford, Slammed, Chopped, And Channeled "Lead Sled"

When an artist puts up an image and decides it's not going to be his entry, he has something in his drawing pad that will surely make a statement, this he did with the classic Merc "Lead Sled" of the era, this is the optimized version from his graphics chamber of tools. At first glance it almost looks like a photo but closer, it shows his rendering work we have seen him do so well with. The expert channeling, chopping and details make this the ultimate in Merc sled work. the colors blast out as a ruby red with custom flames and a hint of sparkles that relay the flake that may be in the paint, the Bonneville flats caps have the smooth reflections of the proper use of color to create the real chrome effect, browns, blues and touches of burnt oranges make this work well, the coon tail and frenched in grill area, shaved handles and of course the lakes pipes are all part of the genre', what a nice clean piece of work by this artist.

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3 ) 57Corvette :
Rat Rod Studios

Golden Buick Lead Sled "Twilight"

A busy man is 57 Corvette, long time member of this contest and winner many times over has shown this image before but has made changes to it and it works even better than it did before, this gorgeous photo manipulation gives this member a chance to use some of the finest blending of color and contrast with that dark "Twilight" look most photographers try to capture in a short time frame. 57 Corvette opens his programs and blends in many images to create just one solid portrait with sharp lines, attention to details, "Notice The Clarity Of The Windows" and the striking bursts of light reflections. Again he tops himself using tools he has with his own style separating most from the norm.

View The Artists Larger Image Here:

Merc Lead Sled Old Skool "Gassin Up"
57 Corvettes second entry also has been seen before with the use of the gas station though this time it's a complete composition making more of a motif' or almost a full theme with the gas station taking most of the attention, the flamed Merc in the back getting gassed up is all part of the grand scheme in his artwork not sparing a pixel of unused space, from the highly detailed image, you get the bright stucco or paint of the gas station and the billowing clouds that provide the contrast needed to make it look almost like it has been flashed with a camera for a scene in a movie.

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4 ) brickyardboy:
Registered User
Streetbeasts lawsuit donor

Massive Olds Custom "Lead Sled"

Last months winner Brickyardboy poses another threat with his colored artwork done by hand but this time he has found that "Sweet Spot" of adding movement and even a little lens distortion to make it pop out and bring you closer to the image by simple manipulation and tricks of the eye with horizontal and vertical dimensional proportions to enhance all the aspects and perspective of the subject. Pencil and pen work is hard and Brickyard is honing his skills each time he plays in the contest and adding to this, choosing an Olds for his content seemed like an awesome idea as it's catchy, clear and visually pleasing.

5 ) johnnyjalopy
Registered User

Rat Rod "Lead Sled"

Our newest player in the game is Johnny Jalopy, his profile says he's from Florida so his idea of a rusty "Lead Sled" may have been from something he has seen in his area where salt and rust wreak havoc on custom cars or he just wanted to make it a no billet style of artwork. Completely hand drawn, his image portrays the Ford Lead Sled featuring a Carson top and all the slamming needed to make it one low slung Mutha. Touches of rust make this seem like a garage find that will soon be coming to a body shop or driven with pride at any cruise time, a double plus for his artistic touches to make this drawing stand out for a first timer to the contest. Welcome.

6 ) Only Racing
On The Ragged Edge
Streetbeasts lawsuit donor

Buick Retro Rod "Lead Sled"

My addition to the contest was a rendering I did back awhile ago for the long and low contest, though I feel it's not fair to re-enter this without modifying it more, I lost the original PSD so it's just the same thing as before. I envisioned a sled based on the Buick and the T-Type or Grand National with a Smokin 572 crate, twin 88mm turbo's hanging off the engine and intercooled relieving the estimated 900 digital electronic fuel injected horsepower to a bagged suspension backed by a 6 speed manual trans to a narrowed Fab 9 sheetmetal rear and full black / grey tweed interior with carbon fiber accents instead of chrome. Adding on the massively deep Torque Thrusts and low profile tires give it a stance. This was all done using simple Photoshop selection tool, shapes, gradients, airbrush and styles, I'm hoping some of you may try it and join in !!

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Enjoy Guys, Voting Ends Memorial Day, Please Remember them !!

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