Welcome to the personal website for San Antonio based artist Tobin Pilotte
There are few things I find as satisfying as watching someone make something. Drawing, building, baking, creating music, writing or the plethora of other methods by which we humans shape, comment or otherwise translate our experiences into something that can be experienced by others. When I was very young I developed a love of drawing and that love has stayed with me for my entire life.
A half a century later I can still be found drawing. It is so ingrained into my life that I cannot go a day without at least doodling something. For life I must have air, water, food and the time to draw.
Here you can see a smattering of my drawings over the years. They run the gamut from highly detailed pencil drawings and pen drawings to quick doodles and little sketchbook sketches. Not every one is meant to be completed and some are turned into paintings and the like.
Hope you enjoy the work. To see what I am working on these days follow my blog it covers all of my art and more.
Here is a smattering of the graphic illustration and art I have done. This all starts out with sketches and drawings which are scanned and then turned into vector art in Adobe Illustrator or digital paintings done in Adobe Photoshop.
I actually started my career as a fine art painter. At the same time I started my own web design business and then graduated from college. After working as a web designer/graphic designer I eventually went to work doing design (later to morph into UX design) for Lockheed Aerospace, a variety of DoD three-letter-agencies.
Painting is a great love of mine and I am glad to be back in the studio and will be displaying new work here over the summer and beyond.
Welcome to my Family page. Here you can keep up with stuff we make and stuff we do. From projects we create to foods we cook to places we travel you can catch a lot here on this page.
Jeep life is different things to different people. I am not a guy who gets out wheel’n for the fun of it. I get my Jeep off road camping, fishing and that kind of thing. Most of all its my daily drive. My fourth Jeep its the only kind of car I ever wanted and to date, I have not grown up enough to even think about driving anything else.
Usually you can see me driving about town, and since I have six kids I rarely get to go anywhere alone. (-:
I think that the freedom to be able to do something, even if I am not going to do it today, means something profound. When I am out on a road trip and I want to go off the road and check out a creek, a dirt road or a part of the beach that says “drive at your own risk” I can. Its a huge thrill every time.
Part of the great American car culture has embodied the sense of freedom that comes from owning a car. That freedom probably harkens back to our forefather’s westward expansion, exploration and the travel many of our ancestors made across the ocean(s) to get to this great nation. Part of what we recognize as our freedom is the ability to get around, to move, to travel. Here in America the road trip is something that for many of us is sacred.
“Where are you going?”
“Ummmm… well… that way.”
We just pick a direction and go. For those of us who drive Jeeps and other off road type vehicles we have a few more options as far as where we drive.
Something of our freedom comes in making our vehicles our own as well. Ever see “that car” that has 50 bumperstickers? I may shake my head but I am also glad its there. Its not just another Ford, Honda or Nissan. It is some body’s. They have claimed it and made it their own. We customize, we paint, we detail, we add stuff and take stuff away from our cars all to make them some kind of expression of our selves. They speak to the others on the road of our tribes, of our beliefs and of our personalities. And so it makes sense that I have done some things to my Jeep to make it my own.
It started out with the paint on the hood. I love hand lettering and pin striping and wanted that “old school” look on my TJ. Like many I wanted a cool name for my Jeep and when my sister suggested “Ghost of a Chance” I had to do it.
In most of my life, especially as a kid, I heard a lot about what I could not do. I was told I had a “Ghost of a Chance” of ever succeeding in a number of things.
Well, at least I had a Ghost of a Chance, which in my mind is better than no chance at all. By the grace of God I have been able to overcome much and achieve enough to look at my life and say with humility and with gratitude that I am indeed blessed.
God looks after fools and angels and Jeeps named Ghost of a Chance…
Misbehaving at Work
Some days its hard to go in the building to go to work. What I really miss are those days long ago when I would just get in my Jeep and drive for days. No destination in mind. No worries.
Having a little fun with my Jeep downtown San Antonio on a nice Sunday morning. The mural behind me is really kinda funky. San Antonio has a lot of great street art and hopefully I will get more here soon.
Pin Up Art for a Buddy
Got a Jeep bud that has one of the most amazing looking Jeeps in San Antonio. Rick #ricapache66 (on Instagram). Its a great vintage fighter aircraft/Hawaiian themed Jeep that you gotta check out for yourself. He asked me a while back to do a pinup on the side of his Jeep and I was humbled to add my own brushstrokes to that awesome ride.
Playing with paint markers and wood
Here is just a little Jeep painting I did on a rainy weekend when I wished I was somewhere else having an adventure on the beach.
Just a funny pic of my youngest son Bear. He was getting some pics with an old outfit of mine from when I was his age waaaay back in the 70s.
Pipes & Chill
So here we are. Just enjoying life and smoking a pipe. Why? Why not?