My grandfather, C. Hatfield Bills, was in industrial designer whose career inspired my own.  Born in 1890 and essentially self-taught, he designed cars for Chrysler and Chevrolet, wooden speedboats for Century, and elevators for Otis during the Great Depression.  He designed this scooter (below) in 1945 and rendered it in gouache on Canson Mi-Teintes paper.  I still have the original illustration and it's always been a favorite of mine.  I've often wondered what he would think of the effect computers have had on his profession.  With that in mind, I decided to bring his scooter concept into the 21st century by building it in Cinema 4D and rendering it in Keyshot to see how it might look if he had had access to the amazing design tools we take for granted today.  If you'd like to see more of his work, I posted more examples on my Behance profile.  Clicking this text will take you there.  

A couple of years ago I decided to attempt a portrait of him in oil (below).  He enjoyed oil painting, too.  Clicking this text will take you to some examples of his paintings and pastels.

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C. Hatfield Bills working away at his drawing board, below.

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