While Dean’s Garage venue is not custom cars, nonetheless there is a lot of creativity and interesting design to be discovered when designers apply their skills and interest to modifying what Detroit built. The customizer must have a very thorough understanding of the vocabulary of forms he’s working with to successfully reinvent the design. Plus, custom cars aren’t modeled in clay first. They are skillfully built in metal, a very unforgiving medium. Harry doesn’t merely create concept sketches; he also provides details on how the modifications would be executed.
Harry’s designs and presentations are lively and exciting. Harry has several illustration styles, and over the years he refined his techniques to overcome the limitations of black and white magazine reproduction. He inspires us to start sketching again just for the joy of it, a luxury that many of us have long since forgotten because of the pressures of life and trying to make a living.
There is a book published on Harry’s work entitled Harry Bentley Bradley, American Automotive Design Innovator by Fredercik A. Sharf and published by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Be sure to catch Harry’s biography and examples of his early work in the post entitled Harry Bentley Bradley, Part 1, published on February 18, 2010.