By: Brett Nicholson of In The Groove Graphic Design, Exclusive to Sicknissified.com
*Editor's Note: While other websites just use one of their writers to break down the best paint schemes for the upcoming NASCAR season, Sicknissified.com isn't ready to settle for being just another website. We have brought in an expert -- Brett Nicholson -- to rank the Top-five best paint schemes for the 2013 season. Nicholson is an accomplished paint scheme designer. His work has been seen zooming around NASCAR race tracks since the 2003 season. To find out more about Brett visit his website: In The Groove Graphic Design.
Without further adieu, here is Brett Nicholson's list for the best paint schemes of 2013:
Before we break down our top-five paint schemes for 2013, how about we take a look at an honorable mention?
Jeff Gordon's No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevy SS – While the scallop paint scheme provides the desired appearance of natural movement, the candy apple red and black, offset with yellow and silver accent provide an excellent balance of classic color with modern flare for the four-time champion. Although the bumper graphics add a splash of color to the front of the car, they don’t provide the same movement and classic style as the graphics on the side of the car, holding this scheme to honorable mention.
5. Carl Edwards' No. 99 UPS Ford Fusion –Being innovative with brown and yellow may have initially been a challenge, but highlighting the two colors, with additional blends of yellow, while using pinstripes of green and cream bring a fresh new balance to this household brand. Retro-design inspired, I had to throw one of my personal schemes into the mix just to be sure you’re paying attention!
4. Denny Hamlin's No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry – Although the scheme is not updated this year, Denny Hamlin has a truly unique NASCAR paint scheme. Instead of using a traditional, hard-lined swooping graphic, this scheme utilizes fades and blends to get our eyes moving effortlessly from the front to rear of the car, almost in a futuristic approach. Also important to note, this scheme stays the same between the FedEx brands, only changing brand colors week to week, doing a great job gaining viewer and fan recognition.
3. Brad Keselowski's No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion – The Miller Lite blue deuce screams quality branding for our 2012 Sprint Cup Champion, Brad Keselowski, with the modern day logo on the hood, prime product placement car side and the incomparable tag line that reminds us all, “it’s Miller time!” The white, blue and gold stripe also gives us that needed sense of movement with great balance between the white numbers and wheels.
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 88 National Guard Chevy SS – With super clean lines, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s car has a throw back quality that any true fan knows he appreciates. Similar to last years scheme, the reverse of the blue and white is refreshing and makes for a bold scheme. The patriotic red, white and blue are colors that go well together and provide great contrast.
1. Mark Martin's No. 55 Aaron’s Toyota Camry – This scheme is on the top of my list because it is simple, clean and has a great retro design style. Classic and strong, the blue and white colors contrast each other well while providing an excellent canvas to follow through with clean lines highlighted by gold. Add in the font treatment of the No. 55 with the chrome wheels and you have a paint scheme that appears to have raced right out of the mid-1980s.
Do you agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comment section below what 2013 paint schemes are your favorites, even if none of the ones we have mentioned are among them.