Blue Skies & Rainy Nights

Well, it seems like we’re in a never-ending series of filming for Ricky’s video lately… But I don’t mind! He’s getting a lot of good footage and this night was no different. We planned to go out in the rain to get some rainy shots and change the mood a little bit, and change the mood we did.

He had access to a rooftop that looked down over center street, so that was a perfect time to get some footage that you can’t usually get (unless you have a drone lol). Rooftop access paired with near-empty roads makes for some cool shots for sure. I wish I had my camera up there with me when we went to scope it out so I could show you… But I guess you’ll just have to wait for the video.

Derrick joined in that night as well to get some behind-the-scenes footage and some extra stuff that Ricky could use too. The more, the merrier! The only footage I got was when we were parked in Chinatown and they were getting some stills… That night was a wicked night for shots again with the dimly lit sky and the misting of the rain. It wasn’t too cold or too wet…

Ricky getting some footage at the back there. The hotel in the back made for some nice backdrop with the rooms lit up with a heart and a peace sign in the middle.

These shots are super awesome to me because of the incandescent lights and the blue sky.

Just random shots…

Tried to get a puddle shot but not enough water haha

Derrick getting some footage…

Here, Ricky was setting up for a really cool shot where the car disappears in the video. Hard to explain but you’ll have to see when the video is done. I got a little teaser of it and I think it’s so dope!

Last one for the night… The car acts as a model and as an equipment car! LOL

Half Vision, Half Reality – Completed Toons

Just wanted to share some completed projects over the last few days that I’ve been grinding out. Trying to fit these in between everything has been a challenge, but I’m enjoying working on all the cars! Lots of detail in them and it’s nice to work on cars other than mine.

Just wanted to say thanks to all the guys that have been submitting! Once I start completing more, I’ll keep posting! I’ve got a bunch more in the queue so I gotta find some time to bang those ones out shortly too. Thanks for the support!

Eric’s S15

Tom’s R34 GT-R Sedan

Peter’s FRS

Half Vision, Half Reality Toon

Decided to play around a little bit with some illustrations and came up with a half vision, half reality concept. It mixes a little bit of both worlds to give a cool vibe.

If anyone is interested, I’m opening up commissions to creating them right now. $40/ half toon and $60/full toon.

You just have to give me your favourite picture and I’ll do the rest! Email me if you’re interested!

illuustrations X lifewithjson: The Last Few Shots

The final night of capturing footage for the video Ricky is putting together means the final night of capturing behind the scenes footage and spamming pictures of my car. Honestly, it’s been a little weird for me to be the one that’s not doing all the shooting and just standing around. It’s super cool trying to collaborate with Ricky on suggesting angles and stuff, but I’m just not cut out for it LOL. Angles that work well for video don’t work well for photos sometimes and so I just give up and let Ricky do all the work.

Last night was an interesting one to say the least – started off nice with a chilly wind and Ricky’s wife, Crystal, joined us to help with capturing rollers. At the end of the night right before we were getting ready to finish a few more rollers, their car battery died. Luckily, their friend close by came within 10 minutes with booster cables and we were on our way. Almost took an L despite the good shots Ricky was getting LOL

Golden hour as per usual.

Sunset was so good between the buildings… Except that car decided to park there and get in the way.

Got some Michael Bay-type lighting effects going on here too hahaha so cool

The last spot we had planned on hitting up was the library. Ricky had a set of spots listed out and we hit most of them. The library was a perfect last spot for us with a nice backdrop to boot. The architecture and lighting here is next level.

Decided to head up to higher ground to get some other shots. Not sure how I feel about this yet… The angle might be throwing it off but I also like the feel.

Ricky getting in the way… lol jk

Last shot while waiting for their friend to arrive with the booster cables. Ricky might be aiming to finish and release the video earlier than expected, so stay tuned for that! It’s been a sweet few days of recording and I’m confident he’s going to put it together nicely.