What’s in the Basement – Sketchbattle 15

At Sketchbattle 12, the basement of St. Andrew’s was basically empty and used only for coat check.  What a difference a year makes.  For Sketchbattle 15 the famous Shelter, where Eminem had rap battles in the movie 8 Mile, is a hot bed of its own activity.  Auction items for charity Project Beautiful will be joined by an Art Show of epic talent as the bar is open make The Shelter the perfect place to spend the down-time between rounds.50458286_2225569977769332_2491126249095692288_n

For the charity auction, pedal Cars provided by AACS were decorated, painted and modified by famous artists and designers and are available for silent auction bidding.  Jay Shuster, of Lucas Film, Star Wars and Pixar fame decorated the car above with original art from his time at Skywalker Ranch as the feature.  You can bid on this car even if you cannot attend the event here on ebay.  Jay’s description of his creation:

I took a deep dive into my personal archives for this piece. Resurrecting 15 pages of blotter pages, marginal notes and discards from 3 years of work at Skywalker Ranch; I copied, then, wall-papered the ride-on racer until it’s form became a bond paper sculpture plastered with the sketches I would draw when taking a break from spaceships. I tend to regress easily to drawing variations of form with four wheels; as it occupied my entire childhood growing up in southeast Michigan.


31779Other cars were created by Camilo Pardo, famous for his Ford GT designs and Bob Soroka, airbrush artist and  genius, and Sheefy McFly, well-know around the world as Detroit’s premier graffiti artist.  These can only be bidded on at the event.

art show at the shelter

The Art Show features a veritable who’s-who of local talent.

icecreamArtsy Fart is the awesome art collaboration between artists Alan Ledford and Alyssa Klash.  Meeting by chance both artists realized they shared a similar illustration style as well as artistic vision.  The two decided to combine forces and create Artsy Fart!  Artsy Fart’s talents include but are not limited to: fashion design, illustration, animation, video production and teaching.  It is Artsy Fart’s mission to spread fun, creativity, and bring out the inner kid at heart in everyone.Recent awards include Detroit’s Motor City Match Business Challenge and the Ford’s Meters Made Beautiful contest in Royal Oak. Artsy Fart is currently working towards a brick and mortar location to sell products and teach classes.

picture2From Chrissy Fehan’s website:  The constant desire and need to explore and experience the creative process has led me to express my art through variety of artistic outlets.  In addition to creating traditional and abstract art, I am currently painting murals for residential and commercial clients in the Tampa Bay  area. I invite you to explore my art and of course, to Seek Beauty.   Please contact her to begin the process of  adding art to your life.

20190114_092154Irina Zavatski was appointed Exterior Design Manager for the Jeep ® brand in February, 2015. In this position, Zavatski is responsible for the development, coordination and implementation of Jeep brand exterior design programs. Recent projects she worked on include the 2019 Jeep Cherokee and 2019 Jeep Renegade.  Previously, Zavatski worked in the Chrysler Brand exterior studio where she led the design for the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.  Recently, painting has become a hobby on the side. Her paintings have sold at United Way charity events and Caden’s Full Throttle. She also paints with her kids to encourage them to be more creative.  Zavatski was born in the former Soviet Union and moved to United States at 15.  Zavatski holds a  a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the Cleveland Institute of Art (2001).


Jason Reed is an artist living and working in Detroit, Michigan.

jessica-tiernanJessica Tiernan

img_0245Matthew Lisk is a CCS alumnus in Product Design and currently resides in Detroit.  Lisk is a consultant designer for Kyle Evans Design, focusing on Michigan based projects in interior design, products, and boutique automotive design. He is also Adjunct Faculty at CCS.  In his spare time, Lisk still practices fine art as an oil painter and collects design objects and magazines. He has been teaching at CCS since 2013 as an adjunct faculty member, bringing his experience as an experiential designer to help students better understand branding and the varying needs of a product designer.

Rachael Robinson is an Interior Designer at Ford and with a Transportation Design Degree focused in Car design from Istituto Europeo di Design.  She is equally at home with the shapes of cars and people.  Aside from her art talents, she is skilled in Sketching, Free Hand, Rendering, Vred and Adobe Photoshop. 

026111-000008Shannon McKeon eats, sleeps, and dreams paint. She catapults her vision onto walls, car hoods, canvas, ceramic, and any surface that allows paint to stick to. She especially loves painting on metal- something about the way enamel reacts to it when it crinkles or bubbles up. The process itself inspires her to keep going and finish the piece so she can see what happens next.

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.


The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ is presented by

            AACS and Middlecott Design.

AACS_diagram_whitelogoAACS (Advanced Automotive Consulting Services, LLC) is a business development consultancy working in all aspects of the automotive industry.  AACS specializes in helping automotive suppliers with their difficult objectives like introducing new technologies, expanding business onto new continents or breaking down walls to bring in new customers. We are experts in customer engagement!

b58cab33960182-56be35ad7e1fbMIDDLECOTT Design is an international design organization based in Detroit, Michigan. As Detroit’s premier design consultancy, MIDDLECOTT will supercharge your brand through its award-winning formula of high-octane design.

For the 2019 auto show edition of the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™, we are proud to bring together the Detroit Art and Business Community with assorted engineers, designers and gearheads to celebrate Automotive Design, all the while benefiting Project Beautiful – Inside and Out.  

Slide1Project Beautiful – Inside and Out is a  501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was created “to build confidence and inspire hope as individuals and families …in our community…. rebuild their lives”.   This is especially important for women in shelters and similar situations.  The charity provides some “niceties” in addition to the “necessities” (a roof over their heads, meals, clothing, etc.) which will help build confidence and inspire hope in these individuals when they need it most.



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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1 Response to What’s in the Basement – Sketchbattle 15


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