Made entirely from source image. A 1955 "Oval Window" VW Bug.... made from a bug. (1 year and 17 days ago)
A very nice car but you can not go inside because there is no handle at the door ... a question in passing, while you have respected the general shapes of the car, why did you you change the shape of the windshield and the roof?
Haha good point. I did forget the door handle.
Interesting question. I made it perfect at one point. I decided it really looked like I just copied the VW, so I went back and made it worse to make it look like I just didn't copy the bug. This is a rougher version of the perfect looking one I was working on. Do you think this shape is better?
First time I thought something came out too good, and had to go back and mess it up.
Honestly, I prefer the good looking one but this is only my opinion
Thx Denlig. I went ahead and changed it. I like this one too.
It was so fun to make. I love old air cooled VW's. I had a 1963 very very very rare VW Notchback - Rally Edition from Germany. I stripped it down to the floorpan, welded in a new floor pan, reworked and beefed the front end suspension, new gaskets for the fenders, built a custom motor with oversized pistons/cylinders (had to bore the block), cam, dual carbs, and spent 60 hours porting and polishing the heads. New window gaskets, all the lights, converted it from 6 to 12 volts and a whole lot of other things.
The car was in primer and before I painted it I took it for a test drive to the beach at night. Six months of hard labor was coming to fruition. So me and a bunch of people are hanging out at the beach checking out my new car when all of the sudden this drunk guy comes barreling down the coast highway and starts losing control of his car. BAM!!!!!! The #@$^$%#@##'r crashed right into my Notchback!! Totaled my new car. I was so much in shock I didn't even get mad.
So, after the insurance claim I found a 1965 Notchback and rebuilt it... End of story.
That was a terrible thing to happen. I hope the insurance paid well. At least you found another one to rebuild.
My very first car was a second hand VW. Can't remember the year model.
I KNEW IT I KNEW IT I KNEW IT....was yours. Purrrrrrfect to my eyes.
CONGRATULATIONS well done and well deserved!
I liked making this one. It looks like I just copied the ladybug, but bending the parts around, doing the lighting, shading, brushing, and stuff was still challenging. The roof is a little flat, but the other parts are kinda realistically shaped.
I showed this one to my dad and he thought I only took the ladybug parts and overlayed them for color on top of the bug.
Oh, and mahalo.
Another member on this site gave me pointers like brushing out little scars on a face...small things that make the WORLD OF DIFFERENCE. Your work brings that point home to me.
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(5 years and 306 days ago)
I figured coloring it was more effort then most things but I guess that doesn't count so I put in a background image instead of the rendered clouds I had before, and also added in a baby beetle to go with it sorta lets you know I did have to cut her out to color it the first time. I left the tree branch in tho, I hope that's alright. The galaxy image I used for the background is under the Creative Commons license. I'm brand new here so still learning how you guys do things. Hopefully I'm up to par now.. I'm not sure why just coloring it was not good enough tho because then it is a beetle that doesn't exist right? Well now you can tell it's not a beetle of this earth I think..
If you had entered this version initially, you would have scored higher. Welcome to the site, and good luck in the future.
(5 years and 310 days ago)
Very hard work here (Do you think using the actual Bug as the hood ornament and not a shadow would increase the drama?) I like it the way it is, but I was just seeing if you could make it little more aggressive hehehe Of course some of my family is from Texas and people there actually fasten Taxidermy animals to their cars LOL Nice job and Good Luck
Thanks for your comment. The shape on the hood was meant to be a decal i.e. part of the custom paint job, I am re-posting the pic with it made darker so as not to look like a shadow. I like your idea about the taxidermy animals on cars in Texas, maybe that would be a good idea for another contest. Could be hilarious.
(5 years and 812 days ago)
LOL, I was going to say, HEY that's a Potato Beetle LOL (The Irish contest got my head going) Great job
Do you think just a tiny bit of burn along the lower edge of the shell on the beetle might help with the depth ?(or maybe just some contrast to pull out the shadows NOT A LOT, it's just in the thumbnail the white area of the shell looked very flat. (Your high res is wonderful, but I'm just thinking of the overall feel, and the white area is a bit stark IMHO)
Great job anyway GOOD LUCK!!!
when working on a pic for a long time, the eyes start to get used and there are all ways small details that can be missed
There was some thought that went into this, putting all of those parts together. I really like the details that you've added, too, from the exhaust in the back to the tiny hairs on the legs. Excellent job!
Pretty hard work!..my fav!
Great job here, nicely done author! Good luck
Congrats for 2nd!
(5 years and 914 days ago)
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