“I feel it’s important to our scene that high quality moving images, which can both awe and inspire, are available to anyone at anytime. My goal is to reach the younger generation. The generation of people who grew up on the Internet, and turn to it as a source of new ideas and inspiration. I’d like to instill in them the notion that hot rods, motorcycles, and building stuff by hand is still cool and relevant.” –Brian Darwas, Rumblers CC & Automotive Documentarian
In his latest short, Brian Darwas interviews automotive artist, Keith Weesner. Weesner’s style portrays the mid-20th century in a noir-esque theme by embellishing his creations with the mystery and twilight surrealism associated with the urban setting.
“I remember learning how to draw people…I had all these old Mad magazines that my uncle had left around and I would just trace the people. The cars…I had cars around me all the time…I had a bunch of ’40 Fords out in the backyards and I’d just go look at them and try to draw them,” Weesner recounts.
He continues, “By eight years old I could draw a profile of a ’40 Ford two-door.” Weesner draws his inspiration straight from the manufacturers themselves, “I have certain genres of art that I like. I like late 50s, early 60s General Motors brochure art, or old advertising art, and 50s and 60s pulp illustration.”
Darwas explains in a recent release that he’ll be changing things up a bit by doing more short films such as the Keith Weesner spot. This is all in an effort to quickly diffuse a culture which he has worked hard to document through past full length documentaries. Be sure to check out the video above and head to www.AtomicHotRods.com for more information on Darwas’s latest works.