Monday, November 25, 2013

Cops n Robbers......

As with most kids. I spent a lot of time in front of the boob tube growing up. Watching TV shows like CHiPs, Starsky and Hutch, Charlies Angels Miami Vice and Crime Story just to name a few. And as most artists do I create from life. So, it's only natural that I create images from these shows. I have a couple of different series of images I've done. Haven't finished them yet, they're works in progress. So I guess i'll show them from oldest to newest.

This image was created for myself. Inspired by Miami Vice, and also Phil Collins "In the Air Tonight" made popular by that show. This is probably the first of this style I did. The one I absolutely LOVE! Not to toot my own horn, but I really think this turned out great. I was very happy with how it looked when done. Entitled "Vice" it's the famous Ferrari (actual ferrari instead of the Corvette Kit car they built for the show) in the upper area I filled that in with the car speeding down Biscayne Blvd from the first episode. Created in Photoshop, based off found images combined with black background. adding light and shadow to create the "Lights On" look.

A lot of my inspiration or ideas come from searches of the internet along with what ever i happen to be listening to. This next one I created after having searched for an image of John Bakers GMC step side truck from CHiPs. I'm also an avid model builder and wanted to try and create a model based on his truck. So, I did a search on the internet for his truck. And I couldn't find any descent images anywhere. I decided to create an image based on some screen captures I found that were terrible DPI's and that way I'd have something to look at when I decided to start this project.

So, I took to work, started looking for a descent picture of a GMC Step Side 4X4 to modify to create this finished image. Again, this was based on screen captures of the truck in the series with a few modifications. The wheels aren't the same as what were on the original. but, i did color them like the original. The lights on the roll bar and brush guard aren't the same either. His truck had square lights and I believe only two on the roll bar and two on the brush guard. Strangely everything was the same color which for the model wasn't going to be done that way. I'd do them in chrome, just looks better to me. So, the striping was what I was really interested in finding. And again, not one good image of the stripes so I had to create them based on the screen captures. I believe I did a really good job. got the correct number and look to them.

Crime Story was another cop show series that was created by Michael Mann. The creator of Miami Vice. This series took place in the early sixties in Chicago and Las Vegas. The main Character Michael Torello drove a black 57 or 58 Chrysler 300 convertible. So... I decided I wanted to create an image of his car in the same style as the Ferrari. But also including some signage from the show's opening credits. So, the Orbit was chosen. I believe it may have been a screen capture that I captured from the series. So incorporating the Orbit sign in this image kind of like my "Late night at the shop" series. I used the lights from that as light to reflect off the car. Along with the lights on the car itself.
This is the finished product and I have to say I'm really happy with how it turned out. I like the detail I was able to include in it. Reflections etc.

This is the latest creation. The "Starsky and Hutch" Torino. Again using found images from the internet and photoshop I combined this background image which originally had a Mercedes concept vehicle in it. With this for Torino. I wanted to do something along the lines or the Ferrari and the Chrysler. But, then decided I wanted to try a not quite so dark image. Using some natural light to create highlights and reflections. This isn't quite as cool as the dark ones. But, at the same time. It's a first for me creating a dusk shot that looks fairly believable.

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