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Del Swanson and Michalia Swanson

Proud Dad!

March 11, 2016

Proud dad! This is my youngest, Michalia next to my buddy and pinstriper extraordinaire, Tramp Warner. Michalia drew Elvis and Tramp pinstriped on the glass. It turned out really cool!

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Del Swanson Geico Bike

Geico Bike

March 8, 2016

I can show these now! I’ve been working with Chris Eder at Misfit Industries on two bikes they built for Geico Insurance. They successfully unveiled them yesterday at Daytona Bike Week! I heard they went over well. Go to to see pics of the bikes as they turned out. They really turned out nice!  

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Michalia Swanson

Proud Dad

February 20, 2016

My daughter, Michalia’s, in-progress portrait for the 2016 Pinstripe Legends charity auction. I’m a proud dad!  

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Pinstripe Legends 2016 Shirt

February 19, 2016

This is the artwork that I did, along with Tramp Warner‘s pinstripes, on our Tee shirts and button down shirts printed by Ken Brock at Rod Tees for this year’s Pinstripe Legends Charity auction at the Wisconsin State fair Park at the World of Wheels show This weekend (NOW!) Go and get a shirt and…

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Del Swanson GoodGuys SEMA

GoodGuys SEMA Explorer

February 19, 2016

I guess it’s okay to show these now. These both were for Goodguys SEMA vehicles this past year. The first pic of the yellow Explorer is my illustration with Brian Stupski wheels. The second and third pics are of the actual vehicle that was at SEMA. We were dialing in the design of the Tahoe…

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Del Swanson and Jeff Williams

Jeff Williams – the King of Paint

May 19, 2013

While I was at the Frame Up Wheel Works Open House, the master painter, the King of Paint hisself – Jeff Williams used a couple of my sketches to upgrade a Harley. Check out his site at  

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Del and Julie Swanson

On the Road Again…

May 15, 2013

Watch for Mr and Mrs Incredible to be at art fairs and hot rod shows around the South East Wisconsin, North East Illinois area soon. The picture is of us at Frame Up Wheel Work‘s May 5th open house. I had a great time selling prints, shaking hands, posing for pictures and signing autographs.

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Del Swanson Search and Restore

Search & Restore

April 7, 2013

On the TV Star front, my art premiered on Saturday February 2nd, Search & Restore.  They did a ’74 Challenger designed and rendered by me!  Check out the video page.  Now you can use me as a connection for Six Degrees of Separation with Courtney Hansen!

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Traditional Rod & Kulture Illustrated

January 27, 2013

“That’s ‘Mister’ Page 24 to you!” Traditional Rod & Kulture Illustrated featured me with a 4 page spread on me and my art. It is issue #32, Winter 2013 (Orange Willys with brunette in blue on the cover). Pick up a copy where ever the koolest magazine on earth is available. Bring it with next…

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Del Swanson ArtWorks

Artist Tip 5

July 27, 2012

To all of my artist friends that use and love their “Copic” markers, I want to give a review of the chinese knock-offs called “Touch” in the all black exterior. The “Touch” markers are the same shape and size, and cost about 20% (give or take) less than the name brand “Copic”. I’ve noticed that…

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