Famous Artists at the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ LA

While the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ is known as a sketching/ design competition, there is no doubt that automotive design qualifies as fine art.  And when the artist is as famous and talented as Camilo Pardo, the art quickly becomes out of reach for most of us.  However, on Wednesday, November 16th from 8-11pm, real original art will become affordable to the masses at the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™.  camilo-pardo_yellowgt40q_34x17-webThanks to Camilo Pardo (famous for the last Ford GT), Arthur Martins aka “Deadbrush” and Dwayne Vance aka “Chicken Scratch”, we have found a way to give you the opportunity to own an original piece of automobile artwork for an unreasonably low price.  These talented artists will be sketching live during the evening and donating the work to The Petersen Museum who will gladly give it to you for a nominal donation.

img_3930Born in New York city, Camilo moved to Detroit at the age of 10 and had by that age developed a fascination with 60s and 70s era sports cars and modern art. After graduating from Detroit’s prestigious design school Center for Creative Studies in 1985, Camilo was hired by Ford Design Center in Dearborn Michigan.


His assignments included working in the Dearborn Advanced Studios, Ford of Europe- Torino, Italy Studio , and the Design Studios in Cologne Germany. After 15 years at Ford Motor Company, he took on what was for him the ultimate assignment … a state of the art re-design of the classic Ford GT race car. This project developed the 2002 Ford GT concept car which became the 2006 production Ford GT.

Today, Camilo continues to explore additional avenues of art & design. His work is created in his Detroit and Los Angeles studios, and include fashion and sculptural furniture design.  His work has made the rounds from main art galleries in Metro Detroit, Italy, Japan, to the Contempory Furniture Fare in New York.  As a dedicated artist who sets no limits on his creative endeavors, Camilo has found that his outside artistic expressions further strengthen and complements his passion for automotive design.


Dwayne Vance’s passion for design started at age 3 when he started drawing pictures on his closet door.  His natural talent became apparent at that early age, and was nurtured through art classes that began when he was just 5 years old.  Cars became another passion, as his childhood collection of Hot Wheels grew into the hundreds.  By junior high school, his love for cars and talent in art were converging, and Dwayne knew he wanted to become a car designer.



After graduating from Art Center college of Design, He began his design career with Troy Lee Designs as a designer of high-end motocross protective gear. Dwayne then became a senior designer for Mattel,Hot Wheels division. At Hot Wheels, he developed everything from Hot Wheels cars to entire lines of new toys.  Following his success at Hot Wheels, Dwayne returned to his roots at Troy Lee Designs.  There, he continued to design cutting-edge motocross gear including the SE2 helmet line and other protective equipment. Later went on his own and started Future Elements and did work for companies such as Disney, Activision, Mattel, Hasbro, Anki,Texaco, Oakley, Warner Bros, Mazda, Chumba racing,Upper Deck, Blackstar Paintball, Arctic Cat snowmobiles, Corel Painter, Jada toys, Fly Racing, Troy Lee Designs, Flying Lizard Racing, EA Games and a few others. He is currently a Senior Design Manager at Fly Racing and oversees the design and development of motocross helmets and protective gear. 


Dwayne’s skill as a designer is deeply rooted in his love for the automobile.  He has been  published in several car magazines and books “How to draw Hot Wheels the Hot Wheels Way” and “35 years of Hot Wheels”. He published two of his own his own books with multiple hot rod artist called “The Hot Rod Art Book: Masters of Chicken Scratch” Vol 1 and Vol 2.  His art work has been featured at the Peterson Automobile Museum in Los Angeles, California, in the Museum’s Hot Wheels collection. He was also featured on Jay Leno’s garage where Jay interviewed him about the Masters of Chicken Scratch books.  Dwayne has an online store called MastersofChickenScratch.com and it features all of his artwork and art books.


Dwayne Vance has a Bachelor’s Degree in Automotive Design from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.  His hobbies include spending time with his wife and four children, restoring his 1967 Pontiac Bonneville and riding his mountain bike.


Our final guest charity sketcher is Arthur Martins better known as “Deadbrush”.  You can find Arthur’s tumblr here and his portfolio here.


Come back tomorrow to learn more about the activities at the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ LA including the awesome venue and check out our judging panel here and some of our contestants here.  And don’t forget to buy tickets here – we expect a rather long line at the event and having your tickets in advance will shorten your queue time.  Also don’t forget we support students with deeply discounted advance tickets – where else will you get to see Bugattis and BMW Art Cars up close and personal for $5?


Tickets for the 2016 LA event can be found here

and also on the website of AutomobilityLA

and The Petersen Automotive Museum.

About Frank Schwartz

Frank Schwartz is the founder of CarFriend.me and Advanced Automotive Consulting Services, partner in The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment and serial entrepeneur. A long time automotive enthusiast, Frank started reading car magazines at the age of 8 and has spent 30+ years working inside the automotive industry. In his spare time Frank races with the Sports Car Club of America, spends time working on his numerous project cars and supports many local charities.
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