Last week I posted three paintings I made for the 30th anniversary of "The Love Bug." This week I'm going to drive the extra mile by featuring a hardlines item I did for the same “retro Herbie” assortment.
This is a VW-shaped “trinket box” for holding all your... you know... trinkets.
Honestly it’s not even large enough to contain a spark plug, but as with most “collectibles” useful function isn't really the point.
The exciting challenge was translating the wonky graphic style of the flat artwork into a similarly wonky 3-D sculpture. To help make sure the shapes would be appealing, I made a preliminary Herbie out of Sculpey and cast up a couple of them in resin.
(Can you tell he has a subliminal happy face?
I painted one of the resin casts and worked out the racing stripes and 53s on pieces of paper over the contours.
This prototype was just three inches long – but it was a handy reference when sculpting the final version.