Have your pride and joy sketched
AN over-accessorised car, burning rubber and exhaust fumes wafting in from Morgan Park, what more could Warwick’s mechanically-minded want?
Consult local artist Emily Mann and the answer is obvious: a detailed sketch of their prized automobile.
The 28-year-old Warwick woman has turned our city’s obsession with motor sport and passion for motorised possessions into a growing business.
“I started out just sketching cars and boats as presents for friends and family,” Ms Mann said.
“Then I discovered people loved the idea of having an individualised sketch of their own car or bike or truck, and it just went from there.”
Last year the self-taught artist launched her own website aptly titled www.sketchgarage.com to highlight her work.
“Warwick is definitely a place where people love their cars,” Ms Mann said.
It is a sentiment the former Stanthorpe local can relate to.
One of two girls, she grew up working beside her dad in the workshop on the family farm.
By the time she was 10 she had already discarded traditionally girly toys, like dolls, to focus on the greasy task of rebuilding motors in the shed.
At 15 she was working on her first car and dreaming of making a career as a mechanic.
“But my parents always felt it wasn’t the right job for me; they didn’t think I had the physical strength to do the work,” Ms Mann said.
Never one to live with regret, she opted instead to study as a graphic artist.
“In all honesty, graphic art probably is a little too structured for me; I just love drawing,” she said.
Of course if it is a hot car she is sketching all the better.
“My dream car is a 1965 or 1966 Ford Mustang, but they aren’t easy to come by.”
Meanwhile she is the girl most likely to grab a camera when she hears the hum of a V8 engine.
“If I see a great car or ute going past I am always trying to get a photo,” she admitted.
“I am just a girl who loves a great car.”
And a girl in arguably the perfect city for a car lover.