Jaguar XK120 at Windsor Castle by Dennis Melling

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My vector drawing of the Jaguar XK120 backed by a digital painting of a PD Windsor Castle image.
The Jaguar XK120 is a sports car which was manufactured by Jaguar between 1948 and 1954. It was Jaguar’s first sports car since the SS 100, which ceased production in 1940. Although capable of 132 mph the “120” in the name referred to the aluminium car’s 120 mph.
In 1949 the first production roadster was delivered to Clark Gable.

The digital painting, using Whistler’s Rainbow in DAP, is of the Norman Gate at Windsor Castle. This large and imposing gate at the foot of the Round Tower is the last bastion of defence before the Upper Ward where the Royal Apartments are situated.
Source of original PD image is and is John Leyland: “The Thames Illustrated: A Picturesque Journey from Richmond to Oxford” (1897)


jaguar xk120, windsor castle, sports car, aluminium car, clark gable, norman gate, round tower, castle, fortification, stone, history

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  • Dennis Melling
    Dennis Melling10 months ago

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalyn10 months ago

    Amazing love !

  • Thank you very much Guendalyn :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • seeingred13
    seeingred1310 months ago

    Ok, I understand, you are an art wizard. Your description is both enthralling and mind-boggling! Very interesting work! Maggie

  • Hello Maggie
    Thank you very much for your comments – these are really appreciated

    – Dennis Melling

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayvelt10 months ago

    I think we like the same objects ( classic cars and tall ship). I been taking photos of both. The problems with the pictures there is so many people around, and painting looks so clean and gorgeous

  • I agree Luda :)
    When I lived in Gibraltar I supplied photographs to a library in the UK and was often put off by not being able to get close to my subjects because of the masses of people.
    It was at this time that I started to produce acrylic paintings and then I moved to Romania in 2008 and switched both for graphite and coloured pencil.
    After a while I found vector drawing and have been stuck on this ever since. To be able to produce a drawing like the XK120 above and many of my ships in vector is really good and I don’t even have to think of people getting in the way. I must admit that some of my vector drawings take me as long to produce as my most complicated pencil drawings :(

    – Dennis Melling

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayvelt10 months ago

    thank you so much for info. Which vector program do you use. I never done any, but would be intresting to learn more about this type technology

  • Hello Luda
    I use a combination of programs but my main svg drawings (vector) are made (or converted from my own art) in Inkscape, which is free and has enormous amounts of help and tutorials. The other 2 ‘main’ programs are Gimp (very much like photoshop but free) and DAP (there is a group on RB just for digital paintings produced in DAP). All my images are a composite of these programs and also contain some photographic work.
    I find it great fun this will show you from pencil to vector :

    – Dennis Melling

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  • Vitta
    Vitta10 months ago


  • Thank you Vitta :)
    When I was a boy it was my dream to own an XK120 but never made it :)

    – Dennis Melling

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