Automotive lifestyle artist Ryan Curtis has always had a passion for anything with wheels. As a child Ryan traded in the ol’ bat and ball for Hot Wheels cars, dashing his dad’s dreams of having a left-handed baseball pitcher. Throughout his childhood Ryan was consumed with anything he could tear apart and rebuild. It was quite common to find Ryan rummaging through the dry washes around his parents home for old disposed bikes and car parts to be used in his latest projects. Ryan’s artistic talents also emerged in his early childhood years as he would draw many of the ideas that would run through his head. In high school he was infatuated with the mini truck scene. There was just something about the low stance and elaborate paint schemes that had him mesmerized, and he filled his sketchbooks with these trucks.
After high school Ryan earned his degree in Visual Communications and started his career as a Graphic Designer and then as a Art Director working for various printers, magazines, and advertising agencies. After ten years within the advertising industry Ryan felt that something was missing and started automotiveSIN Magazine a publication that focused on automotive Style, Intrigue, and Nobility (SIN). This satisfied his passion for vehicles for awhile, but there was still something missing. Ryan began to look at his roots and childhood, and there he found what was missing. In 2007 he phased out automotiveSIN magazine and established his art studio SIN Customs in San Tan Valley, Arizona. Over the next several years Ryan would develop and merge his affection for cool vehicles, custom paint, and illustration into an automotive lifestyle that would be fueled by his childhood passions.
Today Ryan’s speciality is automotive art and the new “SIN” mantra “Style, Innovation, and Nostalgia” can be seen in his work exhibited through out the United States in various shows and galleries, utilized in concept renderings for high-end vehicle builds, published in national magazines, and used on commercial products.
For those who are not familiar with Ryan’s artwork, he takes a meticulous approach to the creation of his original works of art. Utilizing a unique mixed media blend of digital technology, automotive painting techniques, and traditional painting methods. The process frequently begins with sketches and composition layouts drawn directly into the computer using a Wacom Tablet. These drawings are then refined into black and white illustrations, which are then colored to establish the various layers within the art. Once satisfied with the composition and colors of the final illustration, it is then transferred to either a street sign or aluminum panel. Ryan then uses an array of spray guns and masking techniques to lay down automotive urethanes (yes, this is the same paint they use to paint cars), candies, and metal flake to the solid areas of the painting. In the final stage, the use of traditional paint and pin striping brushes are used to add in the final details and complete the painting. It's through this process and the use of automotive urethanes that Ryan has been able to achieve bold vibrant colors and mesmerizing effects that cannot be reproduced in any other medium, making his original works of art very unique and extremely collectible.
As with any automotive enthusiast, Ryan has a garage full of vehicles and ongoing projects, which currently include a 1962 Studebaker Lark (being built for his wife), a 1970 Ford F-100, and his high school dream truck a 1995 Chevy S10. With all these projects, you can be assured that when Ryan is not drawing or painting vehicles he is either driving or working on them.