My Digital Art Journey and More Car Toons!

I’ve been pretty busy again with tooning all your cars so I decided to just share a few here if you don’t follow me on Instagram. I had stopped for a little bit because we were busy with moving and now that we’re finally all settled in, I opened up commissions again.

I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone so far that’s reached out and supported me with these toons. I started this with a few people’s cars randomly because they knew I could draw and I thought I’d give it a shot. I never really tooned cars before and prior to all of this, cars were really difficult for me to draw because of proportions and making them look like the actual car they’re supposed to look like.

So I ended up giving it a shot a few times and I honestly stumbled upon this style accidentally. It’s such a weird and awesome coincidence for me because for short time that I was dabbling in digital art, I was really struggling to find my “style”. Lots of times, I was struggling to hide my style by masking it and copying someone else’s but it never really satisfied me because it wasn’t truly “mine”. There’s a big difference when you can create art from scratch and not from “stealing” if that makes sense.

I think if you are into digital art, you’ve probably come across the same predicament that I’ve mentioned above. All while trying to be original – it’s a really frustrating black hole to be in, to be honest.

Anyway – after just testing my tooning with a few friends’ cars, I just eventually developed a style that I vibed with and I just ran with it. I think that was kind of my turning point in digital art and it may not be much, but it was super refreshing for me because I was able to start creating something from scratch that was appealing. I know a lot of people have sent me DM’s on how to do this or where to start and I don’t know if I can honestly tell you – like me, you just gotta keep at it and eventually you’ll find what you like and are good at. Whether you know how to draw already or not – everyone starts somewhere… You just gotta start.

So, I’ve been busy tooning a bunch of cars and sometimes I get to a point where I’ve got such a huge backlog that it stresses me out but at the same time, I’m super grateful for all the work. Thank you everyone again for the support! I really love all the unique cars and challenges coming through.

 

 

AIMGAIN x Lexus: Andrew Kwong’s IS-F

Another lowkey car around town is Andrew’s IS-F. He just recently got a full makeover with the full Aimgain bodykit and it’s looking hella fantastic. Andrew has been working on putting this car together over the last few years and I don’t blame him – VIP parts are expensive AF. Every little thing seems to have some premium price so you gotta pay to play. That’s the one good thing about the VIP scene though – if you cheap out, EVERYONE will know you cheaped out. Whereas you could probably get away with cheaping out on a ricer build or something and not catch too much attention.

We went out last week to see if we could capture what we have of Fall since we never really get it around here. This time last year, it was snowing and there was a huge snowfall that would’ve made it impossible for shots like this. It was super easy for us to meet up too since he lives like 2 minutes away from my parents. I rarely see this thing come out either so it was nice to spend some quality time shooting it.

I think the final step in completing this build is for him to go on air which I believe he’s planning on doing… Once that’s done, this thing will look absolutely killer.

It’s also super nice to shoot a black care that has been meticulously maintained. No swirls, no scratches, just some nice slick black WAP. (LOL)

As I mentioned in my previous post with Tiegan, I enjoy the foreground/background usage. Fall colours make it better.

That rear though…

I always say it and I’ll say it again – these Leon Hardiritts are still some of the best VIP wheels out there. I don’t know another person in this city that has LH wheels. Come to think of it, I don’t know anyone in Canada that has LH wheels… Not that I know a lot of people, but you know…

The one thing about shooting black in the middle of the day is all the god damn glare. Doesn’t help that his car is shiny AF LOL. Turned out great though

Not a front end you see too often these days…

Just to the left of this picture was this big ass house surrounded by big ass trees and nature. They were just sitting around a fire and watching. I yelled out “we’re just taking some shots” and they were like “oh yeah, go ahead!”. Rich people can be nice sometimes.

Now imagine this slammed to the ground. Can’t wait to see that

Up close of that awesome color

We positioned quickly together as Andrew set up to get some drone shots…

Way up high… I’m scared of heights so just seeing this thing all the way up there made my palms sweaty. Just the thought of it falling… LOL anyone else? No? OK.

There it is…

Andrew working the magic

And one last parting shot before this thing is probably put away for the year. Hopefully some big changes to come next year!

                       

Two Type R’s // Two Different Worlds Photoshoot

It’s been a minute since I’ve been on an actual photoshoot… Haven’t been doing a whole bunch lately since we’ve been focusing a lot on life outside of cars. I know right? It exists. With COVID and working from home the last few months, it’s really given me a lot of time to just do things I wouldn’t normally prioritize. Focus on art and drawing, focus on family time, focus on making life better. As a result, the car gets less road time and I’m perfectly fine with that right now.

Anyway, enough with the boring… Tiegan messaged me earlier in the week asking if I was down to do a double shoot. I really didn’t know much about Tiegan – we are what you call “instagram friends” as I’m sure most of you are familiar with. I figured this would be a good chance to take the Type R out somewhere to get some good pics finally and get some shots of Tiegan’s car while we’re at it!

You’ll notice pretty damn quickly that Tiegan’s car and my car are of two very different vibes. While mine is pretty simple and just Mugen spec’d to be a family friendly hauler, Tiegan on the other hand has hers looking ready to hit the track and/or even an anime convention! She’s put a lot of personality into her car and you’ll see it through the pics for sure.

I was even able to convince the almighty @Deborja (AKA David) to come out and take some pics as well. David is and has been one of my favourite all-around photographers in the past year and he just seems to keep leveling up and creating awesome content. I won’t say much now about him and I’ll save it for when he sends me his shots from the shoot and I’ll post it at a later date. In the meantime, you get to see my ghetto shots and look forward to his in due time…

David brought us out to some awesome spots to get some of the Fall colours and it didn’t disappoint. It took me a while to figure out how I wanted to set the mood on the photos with Tiegan’s car versus my car. Two different colour cars set two different moods and for Tiegan, I decided to go with a “Pumpkin Spice Latte” look to really expose the Fall colours to match the red of her Type R.

We shot in the middle of the day with some harsh sun coming down giving it a really bright and sunny look to things. The red pops nicely in front of all the fall foliage.

She’s currently sitting on stockies until her new wheels get here…

A shot of her Nero Claudius livery from the Fate/Grand Order anime.

My go-to lately is really trying to take advantage of the foreground to bring in some extra textures to shots. I really dig using perspectives to give a different feel.

Here is where you’ll kind of see evidence of my colour manipulation – something I’ve really been trying to play with and master this year. Also something that can easily be abused to the point that pictures look too fake. I’m teetering on that medium and I decided not to remove all the green in shots of my car because the green made it work better.

The umber bronze on the Advan GT’s was enough to compliment the Fall colours and I thought that was enough to balance it all out.

Here is where I played a little less with the colours as the trees in the back did look pretty good as is. Very October-ish.

This was a first. Tiegan, took a quick polaroid snapshot of my car. Her version of a photoshoot, I suppose! Pretty rad.

Out in the middle of nowhere

Some more PSL colours for you

As David was taking shots of Tiegan’s car, I ended up just taking random shots over in the corner…

Same here lol

Tiegan’s Type R sunbathing…

This was interesting because there’s just so much going on in this shot but the colours intrigued me enough to keep it.

David directing…

Booty.

One of the more unique pieces in Tiegan’s car were the custom forged carbon and 24k gold flake interior trim pieces. These were made specifically for her as a one of one I believe at first, so she would be the first to have them until others order them again.

Close up shot of the detail…

Paired with a red carbon Mugen knob.

Looked really dope!

David capturing a shot of the two…

My take on the double shot…

With Tiegan up front this time…

Really loving these colours right now – probably won’t last long…

Lurking.

And one last rendition of the two – where I shot at something other than f1.4 LOL

Bada bing bada boom!

The 3G Meet

You know what’s nice? Having a nice peaceful meet where everyone just chills out and isn’t on high alert for dumb things. Bill had a great idea of organizing an invite-only meet to keep things under control and mutual and it worked out amazingly. I think this is what I’ve been longing for… I had been making myself believe that the bigger the meets, the better – and in some ways they are – we’ve gone through this rollercoaster ride of small meets to big meets to them dying out again, and last year we had finally gotten back to a super meet again and it was exciting. Whenever you’re at the peak of something, you always forget about the bad apples…

It wasn’t until yesterday that I realized it wasn’t about bringing out the entire city to a meet – it’s about bringing out the people that really understand what a car meet is. It’s a meet – not a show or rev competition. Good people, good cars, and a good time. I’ll call it the unofficial “3G meet” because that’s all we really need. Do we need 5G? Sure, but right now there’s highly researched evidence that it causes COVID and Autism so we’ll stick with what we know.

I mentioned yesterday a few times that it’s sad that it has to come to this, but as I was editing photos and just seeing the quality of cars and knowing the face behind most of them – it’s not sad. It’s actually pretty nice, and it was the calmest meet I’ve had in a long time – it brought me inner peace. LOL

Anyway, looks like this is how we’ll progress from now on. Random spots, random times, invite-only. Here’s some quick snaps… I haven’t busted my camera out for a loooooong time. I got most of the cars throughout the afternoon… If I didn’t, you know the reason…

Ryan’s S2000 on Mugen MF10s

Beauty.

Another angle…

Corey’s S2000 on CE28’s

Jason Divina’s Boost Blue FK8 on TE37SL’s. My first time seeing this in person since he put the new wheels on. The guy traded in his black FK8 just for a boost blue one… LOL

Alex Yoon in his newly acquired 3-series wagon on TE37’s

You might recall photoshoots of this guy over the years when Jimmy had it… Still looks fantastic in Alex’s hands.

Adrian’s EJ1 looking real clean

Bronze CE28’s. He said they were dirty so I stayed a little further away 🙂

Paul even came out in his aired out Accord wagon. Literally the only one I’ve ever seen still. Such a great classic.

Jay’s MK4 Jetta aired out on Revolve wheels.

Andrew Kwong’s (AKA my PC GOD/Creator) IS-F with his freshly kitted and painted Aimgain kit. The lines are subtle and blend in extremely well with the stock body lines – in person it looks fantastic. Sitting on the highly underrated Leon Hardiritt Jagers. God, I want to do a VIP build again…

Spencer Hogg’s Tacoma – he’s been decking this thing out weekly, it seems with his youtube video uploads. Digging the new Morimoto headlights on this.

Mike Salek’s new Dodge Viper. This brings me back to my childhood – Ricky used to be obsessed with these things and even to this day, it hasn’t aged one bit.

Still fits in with the cars of today…

Danny’s new M2 – still in a fairly stock form currently. Looking forward to seeing what he does with it.

A wild mini Cooper appears… I’m not sure who the owner is… But it goes to show you that new faces can come and fit in as long as they’re cool LOL

This thing was bad ass – Brandon Line’s MK4 sitting way down low on Work VS-XX’s. I really love the mix of Euro and JDM flavours whenever it happens.

Hella dope. Jason McWang’s MK3.

Another one of my favourites as you may know from some of my meet coverage over the past little bit…

It just sits so perfectly…

And that fitment on Watanabes…

Here’s a wallpaper for you too.

Awesome spread on the dash too. I love how some guys come to a meet, park and set up like they’re at a show. Minimal display but awesome to just walk around and check out.

Jack Connelly’s fairly new Soarer. I see he’s often acquiring all these bad ass JDM classics and fixing them up and this is one of them.

He even cleaned the barrels for me *heart eyes* lol

Mitchell Simon’s GX81. Mitchell has been a longtime supporter of these meets and keeping them cool. Glad to see him coming out 🙂

I wish I had time to build something like this… Ughhh

I guess these classic guys roll in 3’s – A Ken Meri Skyline in extremely pristine condition. FUUUU so good.

This guy wins for cleanest wheels award. Either they’re brand spanking new or he just knows how to clean his wheels… God damn – even the lug nuts are perfect.

PSA for the Subie at Driven that one year that didn’t clean their wheels – come ask this guy. Yes, it’s still something people talk about. No, I won’t let it go.

I would literally eat off of this.

Also took me a while to get this shot of his – what I assume to be – air freshener. The windows were open and it was just flailing around and I must have looked like a perv trying to capture it… But worth it.

Jon’s Mini Cooper sitting on BBS’s. Jon also always comes out to our meets and chills – he’s been a day 1 guy.

Golf R sitting on RE30’s. More Euro/JDM interracial.

Justine Lalicon’s 3-series from Redline Sorority.

Bill eventually showed up in his S15. I know he’s been enjoying driving this thing way too much cause I never see his Focus anymore. Maybe he sold it? LOL jk

Cholo’s Varis FK8. I’m just going to call it that because I know he just got this baller shipment of Varis stuff that I’m pretty sure will debut next year…

I’m going to steal his hood one day too.

I was able to park beside him too – one step closer to stealing the hood. It’s also a nice contrast between Varis and Mugen.

My turd. Whatever.

You don’t see many of these anymore… I still see the rare TRD factory kitted one from time to time and I still want one…

Rich’s IS – I know he’s been actively attending meets and trying to get out as much as he can. He does a lot of the legwork in getting people out 🙂

JC’s IS – as you can clearly tell, his car is missing a layer of CarPro Reload.

Jack’s LS-swapped Silvia on Nismo LMGT4’s – still my favourite combo. 5-spoke concave ftw.

Gran Turismo hood livery…

Martin’s E90 in a chameleon-esque wrap

Random shot I thought was cool…

Jonathan’s S2000 on TE37’s.

Levi’s monster truck GT-R on TE37’s. I know he’s been working hard on trying to get this back to spec and spending a shitload on seals and other random things people don’t see. It was nice to actually see this in person finally – other than his lifted coils – it looks fantastic.

Perfection.

Suyang’s RE-kitted RX7. Another one of my dream cars that I’ll probably never own…

His new RE carbon tail lights.

One more shot…

Sue’s Thunderbird. Always nice to have the T-bird out.

Justin’s new S3 on BBS’s. Super clean and simple. I’m actually surprised it’s not slammed to an undriveable (to me) height LOL

Gerald’s FK8 on 19″ TE37’s

Jacob’s 2-series – I think he sold his Advan’s, so he’s rolling on stockies right now.

Stewie’s FK8 on OG TE37’s and a V-mount Voltex wing. Still probably the only GT wing that looks good on this chassis.

Jonathan’s 3-series coupe on TE37’s

Pat’s Altezza/IS. Recently painted his wheels white for the classic white on black.

Josh’s EG – still one of the best in the game…

Jonathan Gheron’s super clean S3.

Soapherith’s Golf R in a beautiful deep blue

Shawn’s immaculate 370Z. I also still want one of these… I have too much wantsssss

Errol’s FK8 sitting so high he can park above the parking block and you can still probably fist the space under it. Amazing.

Rev’s bagged STI Sedan on ZE40’s.

Eric’s S15 still looking like it hasn’t aged one bit.

Perfect fitment on the SSR’s.

Even R8’s show up!

Jeevs’ EK on MF10’s

Front end shot of Eric’s S15

Bill came over to park beside Eric to have the two S15’s together. Same but different.

Shaylee’s S13 sitting arguably lower than Eric? lol

Mugen rear. Ft Spencer’s Tacoma tail light.

Group shot.

My last shot before I left for the day – super clean Varis Evo X on aggressive TE37’s. Really loved this build. Super clean.