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GMC Motorhome Art

This page displays some screen images and brief descriptions of work done as a long-time user of Adobe Illustrator.

As the newsletter editor and webmaster for GMC Eastern States I’ve created several illustrations based on the GMC’s classic motorhome as well as other artwork to enhance the quarterly newsletter and club’s website. Seldom do I use graphics from other sources. The two images below are samples of the motorhome artwork Byron developed for a presentation by Topeka Graphics at the Fall 2009 rally in Elkhart.

GMC Front, Palm Beach - GMC Royale, Silver Lady

Chris Choffat's Coach
Eagle Wings

GMC motorhomes (frame, drivetrain, engine, and body developed by the GMC truck division) were produced from 1973 to 1978. During that period several models were made in the 23-foot and 26-foot lengths. In the early years the model names referred to color combinations and interior trim. In the later years of production, other model names came into being that were also linked to interior design and treatment as GMC tried to create a more upscale line while maintaining entry level models. In the last year of production Coachman Industries took over completing the interiors while GMC just built the coaches.

Now that these classics are more than 30 years of age, many have been repainted and are seeing continued use and enhancement. For those that want a piece of history, I’m offering renderings of the model names in the graphic style of the originals. All artwork was done in Adobe Illustrator CS4 with photos as templates submitted by a variety of owners. Low resolution versions of the graphics are displayed here. High resolution and scalable versions are available from Byron Songer. By acquiring a scalable graphic, owners may take the computer files to a vinyl sign maker and have decals made to replace the originals on a repainted coach. Of course, if you prefer, you can also grab the graphics on this web page and use them to create your own GMC-based stationery.

GMC Decal

The GMC logo, as it appeared in 1973 and 1974 was a decal. In later years the logo was done in chrome-plated plastic lettering.

GMC 230 and 260

Also in 1973 and 1974, GMC designated the different models as 230 and 260 indicating the length of the coach. A 290 was designed but never came to market. These numbers also appeared as decals with the background color showing through.

Painted Desert
Canyon Lands
Eleganza II


Model names were displayed under the driver and passenger windows (with some units having names on the front and rear as smaller decals). GMC used a unique typeface. The shapes are similar but different from the Palatino typeface. Lending to a decorative appeal, swashes, on some characters, are used instead of the standard serifs. Swashes alter the basic letter form to give an artistic flair. Of the lettering I’ve seen, the placement of the Glacier moniker was probably more unique in that it was placed under the driver/passenger windows next to the large window.

Most recently I decided to delve into the realm of producing photo-realistic images in Illustrator. Much more time is taken to provide a realistic rendering but, I hope you'll agree, is carried out quite well as can be seen in the image below.

Sharpe Paint

I've also toyed around with other views beyond the others listed at the top of this webpage or the one immediately above. Many different views and levels of detail can be obtained. All it takes is time and a little bit of money. Oh, and talent, too.

Garman Angle

Contact Byron Songer if you have any questions or desire high-quality images of a paint design you have in mind or to have a mockup of your coach done giving you a high-quality image for use in creating business cards and stationary. Since great time and effort has gone into producing these graphics, a small fee would be appreciated when ordering the scalable graphics.