In the August issue of Popular Mechanics we visit Steve Erwin who, under the name of Stencilworx, combines stencil, airbrush, watercolours, pens and pencils to create incredible automotive artworks.
“Most of my paintings have been done in watercolour on cotton-blend paper, but through some experimentation I have figured out how to successfully pull off a similar look using acrylics on canvas,” he says on his website. He prefers the look of watercolour on paper for its “natural fluidity, creating abstractions in a multitude of shades within the work”. For a bolder look, the choice falls on acrylics on canvas.
He works mostly off photographs, some of them quite dodgy. “A lot of the time, it’s actually splicing images with others.”
Prices start at R250 for numbered, signed prints and at R1 500 for small originals. Typical turnaround time on originals is two to three weeks.
How to win a commission
Now you can win your very own A4-sized Stencilworx commission, to the value of R1 000! To win, simply answer the easy question below. You can find the answer in the August issue of Popular Mechanics.
1. Entry is open to anyone except employees (and their immediate families) of RamsayMedia and associated agencies. 2. Only one online entry per person. 3. Competition runs until 10 September 2017. 4. We will draw the winners by 21 September 2017. 5. The prize is not redeemable for cash. 6. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 7. Regrettably, only South African residents are eligible for prizes. 8. By entering this competition, you agree to receive future correspondence from Popular Mechanics. 9. You can opt out at any stage by: (a) Sending an e-mail containing the relevant details with the subject line “opt out” to email@example.com; or (b) Sending an SMS including the word “STOP” to 31699. Standard SMS rates apply. 10. For the complete set of competition rules, click here. 11. This competition is only open to entrants over the age of 18. 12. The artwork is restricted to A4 in size with a cumulative value of R1 000, and a subject matter limited to automobiles, airplanes and motorbikes.