Kevin McNicholas has been able to gain access to the highly technical but extremely secretive world of F1 motor racing by painting pictures of the cars for leading luminaries of the sport, including Nigel Mansell, Ron Dennis and Sir Frank Williams. “I paint on canvas panels in a photo-realistic style using acrylic paint with traditional brushes.
I don’t use an airbrush and wouldn’t know where to start with one. I don’t like to lose the texture of the canvas, so I am extremely careful with the consistency of the paint.” The image is drawn in with graphite pencil and then ink, using a grid to ensure the perspective is correct. The image is then built up gradually with thinned layers of paint. This tends to take quite a long time, which means on average each painting takes around 1,200 hours to complete.