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Celebrating Illustration, Design, Cartoon and Comic Art of the Mid-20th Century

Tom McNeely's Automotive Art

Thursday, July 05, 2012

"Automotive work was the financial backbone of the studios... when I was in my 20s and 30s," writes Tom McNeely in his book, Tom McNeely, 50 Years of Visual Arts

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"My friend and fellow illustrator Will Davies and I produced many of the auto industry's catalogues, posters and newspaper ads"

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After all these years, Tom was unsure if he actually did the art on this specific series of ads (although I'm quite sure he did). When I spoke with Tom earlier today he said, "Will and I didn't work together then - we were at competing studios - but we both worked on all the big automotive accounts for all the ad agencies."

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Tom laughed, "The salesmen would come running through the studio says, "The client from Ford is coming through - put that Chrysler artwork away!"

* I previously wrote about Tom's automotive artwork and that period in his career. For those interested in seeing more of this type of work and reading Tom's recollections, click here.

2 comments

  1. Beautiful retro work that you can see coming back through in certain illustrators work today. Love it!

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  2. Nice post ! keep it up.

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