28 July, 2010
Y’know there many reasons as to why I prefer Macs and their OS from Windows. It is not only because simply macs look beautiful, of course they do, but MacOS is far more stable and quicker than that ol’bucket-of-crap called Windows. MacOS doesn’t need patch after patch to be safe and work right, MacOS rarely crashes etc etc, you all know them reasons.
There was only one reason that kept me from buying a Mac all those years and that is it’s price! And since I’m spending about 3/5ths of my average day in front of a screen doing graphics and 3D (and yes playing games when not on work!) I demand a high end machine, which in Apple terms that means more expensive than they are. Read the rest of this entry »
15 August, 2009
One of the many trends that came along with the Fast & Furious movies and the Need For Speed Underground series of games is the “art” of tuning and modifying your car to look as stupid and ridiculous as possible!!!
By that I mean the addition of ‘shark fin’ like spoilers, ‘dragon’ like body-kits full of air vents and grille and the necessary addition of hundreds of stickers of performance (therefore expensive) part brands that your car will never have. A must ‘mod’ is the neon lights under the car! Look dad, my little Seat has been captured by UFOs! Look how it glows!
So it’s bloody typical: you can have a Honda Civic that values up to 3,000€ at the most and still have another 6,000€ worth of tuner stupidity mounted on it!! The car looks like it can rocket up to 60mph in less than 3 seconds whereas reality brings that figure up to something more than 8 seconds. And you tweak it, tune it, buy this spark plug and that exhaust pipe, tweak it some more and tune it some more till one day the poor bastard falls apart.
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28 May, 2008
For quite some time now I wanted to do an illustration of a Ford Escort mkII RS2000. Now I’ve always said that the mkII Escort is one of my favorite cars of all time. It is also one of my future projects; to buy restore and race one.
So falling in to the car-toon obsession that I’m happily experiencing these days, I’ve decided to have a go at making a toon illustration of my fave car. So my number two toon is the Ford Escort mkII RS2000 (pictures above, on the left).
I have planned to make two flavours on that car, the first one that you now see is a modern drift version, whereas a classic Rally version is on the works. Inspiration for the drifting version comes from Colin McRae’s (RIP) mkII and the fabulous mkII owned and raced by Nikos Politis that I have photographed on a local Rally race two years ago (seen on the right).
The whole illustration lasted around 12 hours from sketch to finish and about 18-20 preliminary sketches were drawn in order to establish the best action “posture” for the car. “Inking” and coloring was fully done in Photoshop.
Long live the mkIIs!
28 May, 2008
It’s probably no news to many of you but I’ve just found out about the remake, or should I say- brand new episodes of Knight Rider. I was very glad to see that the new version of K.I.T.T. will be a mighty Shelby Mustang GT500 KR! Wooeeeyyy!
There’s a lot of debate going around as to which model is the perfect candidate for the role of KITT, I even seen somewhere the Mercedes McLaren SLR being proposed, but I reckon that choosing the ‘stang, was a good choice. First of all the car should be an American icon, as the first KITT was. But TransAm is not in production anymore, the new Dodge Challenger is not yet in the streets, the new Camaro won’t see production until 2009, Read the rest of this entry »
14 February, 2008
Well today is officially the birthday of my little Peugeot 106 Rallye (pictured above)! Bought brand new in February of 2003, my little pug hits the age of 4 years old! When I say birthday I mean the day I got it in my hands from the dealer, not the day of manufacturing.
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3 February, 2008
Inarguably there are only a few car fans in the world that haven’t heard about the 1968 film “Bullitt”, starring Steve McQueen. One of the things that Bullit remains noted for is a glorious car chase which lasts for quite a long time at the film’s end, between Bullitt’s 1968 Mustang GT 390 Fastback (painted Dark Highland Green) and the rival’s black Dodge Charger.
Exactly 40 years later, Ford decides to awaken the legend by putting the Bullitt logo and releasing a special edition (another one that is) of their new Mustang in fully Monty under it’s hood featuring a 4.6-liter, 3-valve V-8 which delivers 315 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 325 pound-feet of torque at 4,250 rpm! Now, the 2005 Ford Mustang is a design that needs no introduction; it’s clearly Retro at it’s best! it really revives the concept Mustang and in my opinion the 2005 model is the best and most vibrantly exciting Mustang design since the classic models. Read the rest of this entry »