The Car-toon Collection
Brent Hale is the talented illustrator who created the Car Art logo as well as our desktop calendar. Trained as a car designer, he developed a wide ranging portfolio which, as well as automobiles, includes things like cartoons, architecture, and storyboards.
He now enjoys the busy life of a freelance artist, working with some of the best companies in the world on a wide range of projects in the fields of entertainment, advertising, editorial, and publishing.
Here is Brent’s story, in his own inimitable style:
“Growing up in Garland, Texas I was a dorky little kid that loved to draw. Drawing was my passion. And since I stunk at sports, I spent a lot of my spare time drawing - mainly hot rods and cartoons. I drew on everything I could get my hands on - my school notebooks, church bulletins, napkins, the bottom of my tennis shoes. I did some of my best work in those early days on my blue jeans. I couldn't help myself. I loved to draw.
My artistic inspiration came from the classics - Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tom and Jerry, Rocky and Bullwinkle. I also loved cars and the guys that designed them like George Barris, Big Daddy Ed Roth, Tom Daniels and the great GM designers Harley Earl and Bill Mitchell. And from the world of commercial illustration, my rock stars were Norman Rockwell, J.C. Leyendecker and Haddon Sundblom.
I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas with a BFA. Then I attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California where I majored in Industrial Design and Transportation Design.
After school, in 1982 I moved back to Nacogdoches and married Jill. I landed my first job at Spradley Signs as a post hole digger (they didn't need a car designer). Soon I worked my way up to sign painter and then eventually, Art Director.
Five years later, I ventured off on my own doing freelance graphic design and illustration. I also built a reputation in East Texas as a mural artist doing work for various restaurants and businesses.
In 1990 I joined Design Strategy - a small design studio that specialized in business to business marketing through print advertising.
I took the position in 1992 at Hanson Design as Senior Art Director. This award-winning design firm grew to be one of the top agencies in East Texas. Our team of talented designers developed creative solutions that pushed the envelope of brand building and bla, bla, bla. We designed really cool stuff and had a blast doing it.
We also formed a side company called Wattu Wear, Art for the Human Torso - designing innovative apparel with a nostalgic twist. Some of our creations were featured in Graphis Design Annual.
A freelance artist since 1995, I now get to work on projects that challenge me and allow me to draw inspiration from the very things that made me want to be an artist in the first place.”
Brent has completed over 50 various murals for businesses and private custom garages, using oils and acrylic latex on sheet rock, canvas and brick walls, in sizes up to 15 x 90 feet! See some examples here.
"I love painting murals -- working on a large scale and slinging paint around with big strokes. It’s also a lot of fun working on site in front of an audience."
Commission Brent to create a unique cartoon artwork or mural for you!
Call Peter Aylett at 949-443-0500 or email