3 August, 2010
The first “Driver” was one of my most fave games of all time, Driver comes again screaming down the streets for the 5th time.
As it appears it’s all about exciting driving! Hell! they even brought back the wonderful car-chase action handling of the original Driver, over 100 models to drive, plus a magnificent in-car view. Judging from the video it looks like an all car driving game and it was about time that they stopped developing GTA clones in the Driver franchise!
Comes out early in 2011, so have an extra can of petrol handy for that V8! Don’t say I haven’t warned ya cowboy!
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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24 October, 2008
Hell yeah! My Car-tooning mania still goes on and strong!
My latest work is the 2007 Mini Cooper S. I’ve done this on my holidays last August, as I was drinking coffee on a beach cafe and a gorgeous red mini was parked near by. I decided to sketch it on a napkin. Later on it was all Photoshop long hours of work.
Much earlier than the mini, I’ve sketched a Nissan 350Z which was an on/off job for me due to heavy workload. But I’ve got it done finally, and this is the final product. The original sketch was done in May ’08 but the actual illustration took me over 4-5 months to complete.
I hope you like them both 🙂
On the works now is a 1976 Toyota Celica ST, which is actually a commission for a friend that owns one and regularly races it on historic rally races. Stay tuned 🙂
4 August, 2008
It seems that the trend nowadays is motoring and large companies in general that have nothing to do with computer products to collaborate with companies that produce electronic and computer products. We already have seen the Ferrari-Acer 4000 laptop and the Sony Ericsson K800i Ferrari Edition, not to mention the Prada – LG KE850 mobile phone.
Perhaps it coincides with Sandisk’s decision to sponsor the Ducati racing team, but the Italian firm already gave the green light on Sandisk to put Ducati’s logo on a specially designed 4GB USB disk.
The design is extraordinary and very stylish, the product reminds of a racing motorcycle’s fuel tank and when the USB adapter is inside it reminds the exhaust as it comes out from the back of the bike’s tail.
In terms of capacity, 4GB is today’s standard and with 20 MB/sec speed … it is not mentioned anywhere if the 20MB/sec is the writing or reading speed, they are different on ALL USB sticks. Definitely IF 20MB/sec is the writing speed it is very fast!
So you got a package of exquisite design that produces superb looks, a standard capacity that is enough for the average user and the Ducati logo on!
What’s the price for such an gadget of desire? It retails about $124.99 = (80.25 euros)! Yeap you’ve read that one right! Other 4GB sticks with approximately the same performance retail at 16.00 euros ($24.92). Also for around 60.00 euros you can get the OCZ ATV 16GB USB stick with superb writng speed (all prices are at the time I’m writing this). I’m mentioning the OCZ product because it is the one I’m using on an everyday basis and in my experience it is really fast, plus it can carry 16GB of data, we’re talking about whole graphics project folders here! And all that for half the price of the Sandisk-Ducati.
So you gotta pay that nice piece of plastic a bit too high if you want it with a Ducati logo on!
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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