Sunday, October 10, 2010

"Theme" bike paint jobs

These are a few theme stye paint jobs I did a while back. With the V-rod, I figured Porshe motor, Porshe paint scheme. The other two are military themes that I wouldn't mind riding.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Barris Hirohata merc sign

I did the artwork for this 24"x 24" embossed aluminium sign for George Barris a while back. He has it for sale on his website

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Drawn portrait of my wife and her grandmother

This is portrait of the love of my life and her granmother on our wedding day. I gave this to Julie as a present for her birthday this year. Julie was very close to her grandma Lucy and, unfortunately, she past away not long after we were married. This piece is 11" x 14" on colored paper. I used ink, pastels, and colored pencil.

Artist tip of the week 3

This tip is one of those things that just slaps you in the face when hear it! It's brilliant in its sneakiness and I feel like I should be whispering this to you all while looking around. We have resources available to us for free that billions are spent on yearly. Ready...come closer, I don't want to write this too loudly.... all right, the next time you are in any store ( grocery, hardware, electronic ).....look around.
Seriously, it's that simple. Think about how many brazillians of dollars are spent annually on which colors look good together, which layouts have the most impact, which fonts work well together, and what packaging makes people stop and look at their product. All of this wealth of information available to us by simply looking as we shop.
Simple and brilliant. I wish I could take credit for this tasty morsel, but the great artist, pinstriper, and sign painter Bob Behounek let me in on his secret.
This ties in perfectly with my "learn from everyone, even if it's not what you do" philosophy.
In these tough times, maybe an enterprising grocery store owner will hang an "and art school" placard under his store sign.

Go get better!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

57 buick inspired "Purple Haze"

I really would like to build this bike at some point! This is insired by and uses pieces from a 1957 Buick. Anyone up for the challenge?

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Prints available

I'm now offering these as prints. They are 8.5 "x 11 " on high quality paper and go for $15.00 signed and shipped. I also offer 13"x 19" for $25.00 signed and shipped.

Thanks, Del

2009 "Pinstripe Legends" sign

I have even fewer of these than the 2010 signs. These are 24" x24" embossed aluminum as well and go for $35.00 plus $10 shipping also. I only have a few, so hurry.
Thanks, Del

2010 "Pinstripe Legends" sign

I have the honor every year to do the artwork for the "pinstripe Legends" 24" x 24" embossed aluminum sign. The "Pinstripe Legends" have raised over $300,000.00 for the children's cancer ward at "Children's Hospital of Milwaukee". I have a few of these left for sale and they have to go on a first come first serve basis. They are$35.00 plus $10.00 shipping. You can e-mail me at and we can workout payment details.
Thanks, Del

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Artist tip of the week 2

"Artist tip of the week" has a better ring to it than " This is the only tip you're getting for months", so I think I'll keep the the title and I will really try to post a tip every week. I don't want this to be just me, so if anyone has any useful info or insight, e-mail me or post here. Thank you in advance.
This "week" the tip is this, In my opinion it's extremely important to look at and study other artists that don't necessarily work in your field or interest. Check out the artists in my "links" (which I really need to add to) and I think you'll see a big variety of styles and genres. I've learned from each one of these artists, whether it's line quality, how they work with color, or how they lay out a page or painting. I don't want anyone to copy anothers artwork, but if you look at the way other people handle artistic problems and blend some of that insight into your artwork, I guarantee you'll be richer for it.


Wednesday, March 31, 2010


I finally have to go-ahead to post the pic of my artwork for the 2010 MSRA "Back to the 50's" sign. This sign is roughly 20" high and is embossed aluminum. If you contact Ron Mulvaney with MSRA merchandise at 1-651-429-1059, he can hook you up with one of the few remaining signs. I have to say, this really looks cool in person.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Cartoon cars

These two were first used for Pinstripe Legend signs. I'll show those later.

Cartoon cars

The '55 is a clients car and the mustang is just for fun.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

These two pieces were done as concepts for a now defunct video game.

Sci-Fi and Fantasy

I call this "Bob's night out". I did it in college in '91 for an assignment. It's no. 2 pencil on hot press illustration board.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Artists tip of the week 1

This the first of hopefully many tips.
Being an artist for most of us isn't just a choice. It's something that we are compelled to do. Because most of us have this drive to create we are drawing, painting or sculpting a lot. It's not enough. We need to fill up at least one page a day in our sketch books. The tip of the week is: Draw one page every day in your sketch book. At the end of month you'll be amazed at your growth.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


I am Del Swanson and along with my wife Julie, we own Swanson Artworks. Our tag line is "Art from the mundane to the arcane". In the near future I will be posting examples of our work. Thank you for looking and thank you for checking back!