One of the most intriguing and totally unexpected positives that have emerged from the ECQ is the opportunity to develop many e-friendships based on a common passion for the automobile. Each day, new acquaintances and friendships are started and forged, largely due to the vast amounts of time suddenly available to share and connect, bond and converse and silently, be optimistic that better days are ahead when E-quaintances and I-meets can evolve into real physical friendships.
One of these positives is discovering the different talents as well as journeys of many of our new Auto-buddies. CARambla is humbled to once again humbled to introduce one such talent and allow him to tell his story.
Marc Abasolo on his passion for sketching cars
I am Marc Abasolo, an entrepreneur, an avid car enthusiast, photographer, and passionate artist. Many know me, especially the ones who have been my classmates throughout my student life, as the one who just keeps drawing in class!
First of all, I’d like to actually thank my parents for introducing me to cars early on in my life; through the toys I would receive on special occasions and the VHS I would always watch on the television which I still surprisingly vividly remember; How A Car is Built: featuring a 1995 Ford Mustang. I never got sick of watching that 30-minute show!
Growing up I’ve always been fascinated and loved cars more than anything else. And soon as I could actually pick up a pencil, I started doodling just as most kids do, but as time went by I was only focused on doodling one thing; a car. I would spend many hours and use up a good amount of paper trying to draw cars wherever I could; at home, at my parents’ office, in school, in a hotel room, in a restaurant, anywhere as long as I had a piece of paper and a pencil to use. It’s one thing that I’ve been doing all my life really, since kindergarten even until my university days, I would just be drawing in and out of class (I’d say a good 80 percent of all the paper I’ve used up even in school were just drawings and the rest were actual notes).
Up to this day, I still find myself doodling cars during short breaks or even when undergoing through a stressful moment, it’s almost as if doodling is already second nature to me, it just happens! And on the days that I have free time, I sometimes spend half a day drawing a serious piece of car art. For many years now, I’ve been trying out new techniques and styles, learn from the professionals, and reading up on different drawing technique books as I aspire to be the best version of myself as an artist.
Drawing cars isn’t just for pastime, it is my lifelong passion and each car art I create is my brainchild. Cars are more than just people carriers, I see them as rolling masterpieces of art and that inspires me to turn them into my art form. I usually draw the cars that I dream to own and collect myself.
I’m not limited to a specific “kind” or genre of cars, as I appreciate all kinds from vintage cars like the Packard to ultra-modern hypercars like the Bugatti Chiron. But full-sized luxury sedans ( Rolls Royce Ghost ) and luxury Grand Tourers (Ferrari 812 Superfast) have an extra special place in my heart! And because I’m forever a five-year-old, I love cars that are simply bonkers and ridiculous; like the 800 HP Hennessy Cadillac Escalade.
I don’t just draw cars; I live and breathe cars.
Thank you Marc, and keep the passion burning. Message him on Instagram: @lapassionart or Marc Abasolo on Facebook Messenger for individual commissions, it's worth it. If you have an automotive journey or story to tell, let me know. After all, CARambla is meant to be a mix of different voices from a deep cauldron of automotive enthusiasts, a platform for our different driving passions as well as the brands and models that moves us.
Largely two words, CAR which is self-explanatory and “rambla”, which loosely means “a broad avenue”. There are many sets upon subsets of automotive enthusiasts as well as an infinite number of tribes, CARambla is a platform for these perspectives as well as voices to be heard.