Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Darrell Mayabb, ROCKIN' illustrator
Darrell Mayabb, who illustrated the front cover of ROCKIN' (an interpretation of the promo poster for Neil Young's 1985 TRANS album), is one of this country's most distinguished and accomplished automotive artists. For several decades, his work has been featured in every major car and racing magazine, and he routinely handles major assignments for corporate clients like PPG.
Darrell and I go way back--some 25 years in fact--when I was at Winterland Productions in San Francisco and looking for an artist to develop a new hot rod and truck series of t-shirts. Darrell took me to my first major hot rod and custom car shows, beginning with the NSRA Nationals, held that year at the Oklahoma City state fairgrounds. Darrell could spot the Top 25 cars out of thousands on display, which was very impressive to me. It was all in the conception, details, and the execution, he said. Darrell likes innovation, but he's also a traditionalist.
Garaged at his home and studio in Colorado is Darrell's '36 Chevrolet sedan delivery, nicknamed "Banana Creme." He also has a beautifully louvered roadster which I'll show you in another blog. Darrell has a penchant for naming his cars, as you'll read on page 40 of ROCKIN'.
Wanna know more about Darrell? Check out his website at www.automotivegraffiti.com. Or, pick up almost any national car mag at your local newsstand.