DEBORJA: FK8 Photoshoot

I totally forgot I had this in my drafts to post! This was from a few months back just before it started getting cold and I had posted my set up below but never got around to sharing David’s!

I mentioned before, but David has been one of my favourite local photographers in the last little bit. He really tries to challenge himself and try new things with his photos which is a challenging thing to do. It’s really tough to move away from what you’re comfortable with and his sets of different cars always have a different feel to it but you know he shot it.

Anyway, not a lot of talking – just enjoy the pics!

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!