Arthur "Art" M. Fitzpatrick (1919-2015) is famed in illustration circles for his classic 1959-1972 series of illustrations for Pontiac made in collaboration with Van Kaufman. Fitzpatrick rendered the cars and Kaufman furnished the settings and people. There was some overlap in that settings and people might be reflected on the cars. I previously wrote about him and the Pontiac illustrations here.
Fitzpatrick's Wikipedia entry is here. An interview of him is here, and includes the following regarding his way of working on Pontiac ads such as that shown above:
"I photographed a car [for General Motors testimony at a congressional hearing] … same position/view with 3 different lenses, 35, 50, and 120mm. Photographers, for reasons that continue to escape me, were using long lenses, which shorten a car, making the rear wheel look bigger then the front ones. I always used a 35mm lens (wide angle). I made a pencil line drawing of an exact tracing of 35mm photo, and on another sheet over that did my “enhancing”.
Further detail regarding the "enhancing" is here, including this snippet:
"To produce his famous "wide" look, Fitzpatrick traced photos of the new car, cut the racings into pieces, then "stretched" the car into bolder proportions. "We wanted pictures that were different," Fitzpatrick says. "Impact is the name of the game, so we went with predominately front views -- even cropping the cars so that they looked too big for the page."
Fitzpatrick began his illustration career in 1946 with a contract for Mercury. He freelanced for other brands until 1953 when he and Kaufman began working for General Motors. He did Buick illustrations at first, then in 1959 began the famous Pontiac series. Following Pontiac, he and Kaufman made some advertising illustrations for GM's (at the time) Opel subsidiary in Germany.
Below are a few examples of his illustrations for brands other than Pontiac.
Cross-posted at: carstylecritic.blogspot.com