No Curved Lines with Jeffrey Docherty

1959 356 Emory Outlaw

Our passion for cars and coffee includes more than just incredible cars and delectable coffee. That's why we love the tag line, The Enthusiast Coffee. Being an enthusiast in our world can reach so many disciplines: business, art, graphic design, lifestyle, community, culture, etc. That's why connecting with like minded people revolving around the cars and coffee industry can only further our enthusiast lifestyle. 

While stumbling across talented people is easier than ever with social media, the profiles don't always clearly depict the details of what they are sharing to the world. So this is our first crack at connecting with another enthusiast and their work to share what makes them standout.

Below you'll connect with Jeffrey Docherty and get an inside look at a visual passion for combining Porsche and art. Backstory, we chatted a little before the questions and our conversation started with this years 24 hours of LeMans and the 19th overall victory by Porsche.

1. You mentioned watching LeMans (I assume the 2017 race?) and starting to work on this project, but was there a particular event watching LeMans that inspired you?

With Porsche’s rich history at LeMans, coupled with seeing Brendon Hartley, a fellow New Zealander pilot the No. 2 car to victory. It was exciting and inspiring to watch. I just started playing around on the computer and before I knew it, I had 3 sketches down. It snowballed from there.

2. Other than being a fan, what made you choose Porsche? If it is just because you are a fan, what draws you to the Porsche make?

My father was a mechanic, so I inherited his love of cars. Although, my automotive interest is more skewed to the design side. I’ve always loved cars from an aesthetic standpoint. I got introduced to Porsches via older Air Cooled Volkswagens. I have been restoring an old 1963 Karmann Ghia. At local Volkswagen events I would always see older 912’s and 356’s. I just loved the look and design of them. So it wasn’t long before I had to jump in and experience a Porsche first hand. I recently picked up a 911 SC.

3. Where did this style come from? From past work you have done or was it something completely new? Is there a name for this style?

This style was new to me, I wanted to create something that felt abstract, but familiar at the same time. With the iconic Porsche silhouettes, combined with the iconic 70’s liveries, the style came together quickly. That’s the beauty of the Porsche, you can remove a lot of detail and it can still be easily identified as a 911, or 356 etc… Not only this, but it’s a testament to the original design teams who worked on the paint schemes throughout the 60’s and 70’s.

4. Some of the background colors don't tie into the color liveries at all? How do you select the color combos? While others blend the lines of car to background?

The colors I use are so crucial. The color palette is as important as the graphic line work. I pick colors that show up within the livery or sponsorship stickers, that way it’s familiar, but at the same time distorted into an unexpected fresh place. They have a Warhol pop art feel to them.   

5. What is the process behind a creation? Do you have a picture of a car you like, recreate it in Photoshop and call it a day? ;) You don't have to give away trade secrets here and I'm sure there's more to it than that.

Every artwork starts with a little research, I mainly focus on Porsches that have significant race history. I’m always looking up old LeMans, or Sebring race results and drivers. That’s the foundation, from there it’s onto the computer. One detail that’s hard to pick up at glance is, I don’t use any curved lines in the art. This again helps make the familiar, a little unexpected. Considering Porsches lines and forms are 99% curves. I’m also starting to play with a newer and slightly looser style using my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. More to come on that in the coming months.

6. Where do you see this project taking you, if anywhere?

I’m aiming to build a solid body of work first, then explore several mediums and executions for the art. Prints, t-shirts, skateboards and other items in this realm. Currently I spend a few hours drawing each night. I really like that it’s still a passion project and still very much in it’s creation phase.

Well, that's a wrap! What did you think? What could we do differently? Who do you want to know more about? Let us know in the comments below!

Big thank you to Jeffrey Docherty for being our guinea pig with our Spotlight Series.

Don't forget to check out his work!