Celebrating James R Dean @ 100

6 Art

At some point in his youth JRD wanted to go to art school.  He put together a portfolio of drawings and paintings (no longer in existence).  I think he was considering UC Berkeley or California College of the Arts (in Oakland).  Bowing to parental pressure, that desire morphed to Engineering at UC, then to going to work to help support his family.
He entered (at least) two car design contests - he won 3rd place in his age group in California and $50 in a 1937 contest run by Fisher Body Division of GM (no drawings survive), and a 1950 Ford-Anglia contest, entry seen below.  He was a master draftsman, and most of his artistic efforts went into drawing airplanes. Thousands of drawings and plans and doodles of airplanes.  
After he retired, he took an art class in painting with acrylics/oils.  He was never pleased with what he produced, wanted to throw them all away.  We saved some of them, I like them.
At some point in his youth JRD wanted to go to art school. He put together a portfolio of drawings and paintings (no longer in existence). I think he was considering UC Berkeley or California College of the Arts (in Oakland). Bowing to parental pressure, that desire morphed to Engineering at UC, then to going to work to help support his family. He entered (at least) two car design contests – he won 3rd place in his age group in California and $50 in a 1937 contest run by Fisher Body Division of GM (no drawings survive), and a 1950 Ford-Anglia contest, entry seen below. He was a master draftsman, and most of his artistic efforts went into drawing airplanes. Thousands of drawings and plans and doodles of airplanes. After he retired, he took an art class in painting with acrylics/oils. He was never pleased with what he produced, wanted to throw them all away. We saved some of them, I like them.
JRD was always doodling logos, and he came up with some good ones as seen above. The SCAMPS logo was noted in one of the model magazines when it was adopted by the club and is still used as we speak, some 50 years later. He was also often called upon to make signs, like the Texaco contest in 1968. He created the sign above the front door of the Williams, OR Grange hall. Last time I looked it was still there. (I have a picture somewhere, but can't find it.)