Just a comment about the lovely Max Millar stuff posted by DOHC, and various comments made on this thread and the one about Werner Bührer. No mention has been made so far about how fashion has changed style. Although we all - I think - appreciate the line work of Max Millar, James Allington etc., if you were commisioned now to prepare a cutaway, and delivered artwork in that style you would not be thanked. Commisioning agents, magazines and punters all expect a photo-realistic, 'computer generated' look. Jim's work was more 'modern' than Max Millar's, I think mine was more 'modern' than Jim's, it is inevitable, and not just because, as individuals, we have different styles. Of course there are situations, the original bread-and-butter work that most illustrators are/were used to, when eveyone involved had to have the same style. You don't get Brownie points or a pay-rise for producing work that is more artistic than your colleagues.
I have always appreciated the hand drawn artwork more than any computer generated drawings one finds in the automobile catalogues/magazines of the past years.
Actually, until years ago (10 maybe) I thought Tech Art, Jean Jacques Francois and even yourself sometimes created your drawings on computer generated bases. Of course I knew that
your McRae GM1 and other B&W linework had to be hand done, there weren't computers/software around that were affordable to make such artwork viable in those days.
It is just that my own lack of knowledge of what could be done with an airbrush led me to suspect otherwise when the couloured work appeared.
Also interesting indeed is the changes in style through the years, which as you say is dictated by fashion. I can appreciate a cutaway with annotations, except for the bloody obvious
I don't need telling which wheel or brake disc is the front one or the rear. On an innovative design it can be helpful to call attention to a certain detail.
Did you ever do a cutaway with annotations Tony ?
Bührer is different as he isn't a cutaway man ( though his Tyrrell P34 is very good) he always noted/analysed styling details with his sports car drawings.
As an enthusiast (I take the liberty of titling myself so) I would never post a computer generated cutaway unless it was really way out!
After all this thread is called................................. and artists !