The workshop at JLF Designs has been as busy as ever with more IndyCar helmets being painted for Dan Wheldon and E.J. Viso. Two helmets have been recently painted for Dan with one featuring a design combining his main sponsors NOS energy drink and National Guard which has a camo design which is very time-consuming to paint! Each of the tiny blocks is laid on as masks so that the next color can be sprayed over the top and the process is repeated until all three colours are done. Then it can take over an hour just for the masks to be removed. There are no short-cuts in helmet paintwork!
His other helmet was painted to help raise the profile of the Breast Awareness campaign. We put together a design based on the charities colours and sent it to Misty; Dan’s PA. The design was a hit but came back with the instructions to include “more pink”, which has to be a first for us!
EJ has kept us busy with more crazy designs with one for the Sonoma race featuring vines, leaves and grapes in a matte finish, and another design for the Chicago night race with a microchip design using fluo green/yellow colours over a prismatic black base. Included in the design are sections of light-reflective stripes which glow whenever camera flashes hit them. If you compare the two views of the helmet you can see the brightness of the green under the light.
With the MotoGP race coming to Indianapolis this weekend I have included a painting I recently completed showing Valentino Rossi in typical knee-down cornering style. Over the years we have had commissions from customers for personalised paintings and we are now going to be producing highly detailed airbrush murals of drivers and races with prints going on sale in the next couple of months. Each painting can have countless hours involved and this Rossi painting took around 50 hours. We have been in contact with several top drivers about commissions so watch this space!