Thursday, December 29, 2016

Anyone remember the FARBS?

I loved FARBS when I was a kid.

Only four were made in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  I had all four.  They were super creative "cars" made by Hot Wheels, that had people as the bodies of the vehicles.

You can learn more about them at Toy Car Collector here.

Now, though, I can only put my hands on one of my old FARBS, whose name was Hy Gear.

He seemed like the perfect subject for my next "heroic" drawing--taking something small and drawing it at much larger scale.

Since I recently gave oil pastels a try doing a sketch of a vintage Matchbox fire chief car, I thought I'd try them again with the FARB.

I set this up as a "portrait," focusing on the face of the character, and enough of the car aspects so that I could tell what it was.

I guess if you had never seen a FARB before, you might not realize this is a person/car...

What I like most about the sketch is the volume I was able to capture, particularly in the tire and the gearshift.

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