Custom Toons Showcase

You guys have been keeping me hella busy lately with all the requests for toons. I feel like I work during the day and then I’m drawing the rest of the evening! Not that I’m complaining – it’s totally sweet being able to toon for you guys and I appreciate the huge support over the last few weeks.

I only really share them as stories on Instagram, so I thought I’d share them here so you can see them on your monitors too. I know it may not seem like it, but there’s a lot of detail in a lot of these cars – whether it’s from all the different shades of colours to little pieces on cars that make it unique – I really try to get in and capture those details in the toons.

For those of you wondering, I’m using my iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil with Procreate. I was thinking about putting together a video or a tutorial on the steps if you’d like to try it yourselves whenever I have time…  Anyway – here’s a few of my favourites over the last few weeks!

Darin’s Mugen TSX full toon. You rarely see a clean TSX – let alone a Mugen one. Super clean and fun to do this one. This one was fun to do to add the show lights into the toon as well to try and mimic real paint.

Philip’s M3 Sedan on Bronze TE37’s. Another super clean build that I really love.

Phil’s Spoon S2000. I incorporated a ton of layers into this – you’d think black would be easy but when you shoot a black car with a polarizer, tooning it means tons of shading.

Steve’s S2000 in yellow. I really loved the gradation in this with the dark corners.

Suyang’s amazing RE RX7 with a full toon. The RE RX7 has always been one of my childhood favourites so it was awesome to be able to toon one.

Derek’s boosted FR-S. A bit nostalgic for me to do an FR-S… The blues were fun in this one.

Mike’s Ghia with a shot I took years ago! This was super awesome to do with the rust and the green paint. I wish he had kept building this…

Steve’s M3 on TE37’s. Another fun one to do.

Van Russell’s Focus RS. This was one of the first toons I had where I incorporated the oil slick reflection in the headlights. A cool learning experience and something I have learned to love doing!

The first toon after mine that I did was Eric’s S15. One of the cleanest S15’s around.

Kenji’s 4Runner full toon. This one was proabbly the most involved and intricate with all the details in the grill, lights, front bumper and tires. Turned out amazing!

A full toon of a Ford GT350R. Carbon splitter and intricate reflections… Also that blue *heart eyes*

Tommy’s GT-R Sedan half toon. So fun doing rollers and the yellow reflection in the pain added some awesome effects.

Posh Detailing’s McLaren half toon. Learned a lot from this one with the rain effects and the lighting.

Peter’s FR-S half toon. This one had an interesting array of colours – from white, gray and blue. Came together perfectly.

This was an interesting toon of Ryan’s Celsior. I ended up changing the rear Bazreia’s to gold as he got them refinished after this shot was taken. Turned out rad.

Mike’s Civic Sedan full toon. Loved doing this one – from the DC5 Mugen-style wing to the grill fins and foglight intake.

Adrean’s Altezza in the sunset. Super fun doing sunset toons.

Another challenging one for me because this included lots of yellow on the right side which meant mixing colours properly to achieve the right effect. Another one that had a ton of layers to get right.

Bill’s Focus half toon. Again, gradation in the yellow looks so good!

Sue’s Focus hatch – also I cursed those wheels. LOL

Sue’s S13-vert in red. Classic cars are the best to do.

Spencer’s BMW 3-series half toon.

 

Something a little different – Chantelle’s dog, Chopper. This one was super fun to do with a TON of layers to ensure I was getting all the colours accurately and properly. I think I re-did this one a few times trying out different methods until I got what I wanted.

And last but not least – full custom toons… These ones are super fun for me to do because I can add my own style into it and make it how I see fit. From drawing all the little custom bits that people have on their cars to playing with different shapes and angles to make it really look cartoony.

In Philip’s M3 – parts like the hood hump and the whole front end were super fun to do. I always loved this gen and it was cool to do. The Volk bronze is challenging because it requires like 6-7 different shades of bronze/brown to bring it all together to look like that.

Darin’s Mugen TSX also fully custom tooned. Again, fun to do something different with the Mugen kit and add in the Spoon BBK…

If you enjoyed these, feel free to reach out to me for a toon if you’re interested! One thing I will say is these are most definitely, absolutely, positively not free. I always chuckle to myself when people DM me and ask to get a toon and start sending pics through Instagram and then I tell them to email me the pic and the money and they just peace out like they didn’t message me first and I never hear from them again.

That’s cool and all and I understand that not everyone wants to pay for these kinds of things, but I also don’t think you can go and ask for a service and assume it’s free either. Like most things, this takes time and as you all know – time is money. I don’t want to come off as a money mongering dude – I definitely am not – just saying if you put yourselves in my shoes, you probably wouldn’t spend hours of your time doing stuff for free for the public either.

Rant over. Enjoy!

Mugen FK8 – Completed

An unofficial and quick shoot of the rest of the car with the Mugen tail lights. I didn’t venture too far for these – I just wanted to get some full car shots of it all together and I must say that I’m pretty damn satisfied right now and that doesn’t happen often. It’s nice when things come together like you envisioned/hoped for… All this started because Diana and the guys got me a Mugen button…

I will say though that although Mugen FK8’s exist all over the place, it’s nice to be able to say that I have one of them. It’s a little different seeing one that you’ve put together yourself versus all the ones on social media. There aren’t many options for exterior cosmetics for this platform and there are a few big ones that have been released recently such as Spoon and Varis, but they just weren’t up my alley as much as I had hoped Varis would’ve been. Ever since my 8th gen days, I’ve always dreamed about putting together a Honda x Mugen build and I’ve finally done it. There’s just something about Mugen that invokes this really good feeling that you’re putting literally the best on the car because it’s literally the child of Honda. From the fitment to the quality – there’s just nothing that comes close to that compared to all the other brands I’ve used.

Anyway – I hope to do a proper photoshoot when the weather gets a little better and I have a little more time in the evenings. Until then, enjoy!

Finally the side profile looks complete. No more empty rear end!

Probably my favourite angle on the FK8 right now…

The Thanos rear chin. Like I mentioned in my last post – I love how the vertical lines in the Mugen lip pair up with the horizontal lines in the tail lights and how those lines match up with the trunk lines. It’s pretty hard these days to find cosmetic mods that fill and continue the stock body lines. It’s also a rear that I love without a GT wing and prefer the stock wing instead. I know, I thought I’d never say that but the stock wing is bulky enough to match the whole car whereas I find the GT wings just feel too small and out of place.

More shots of the rear… The addition of the red pin stripe on the lip is a nice accent to tie it all together.

Last shot back at home. I am in love with how this turned out because I didn’t think I’d get to this point this soon (or at all) but man… There’s only a little more this needs before I call it complete to me.

DIY: Mugen FK8 Tail Light Install

The last shipment that I’ve been waiting for finally arrived! It’s funny that I was going to just get the lip and thought I was going to be done with it, but then the sides felt naked… So I got the sides and I thought I was gonna be done there. Then the rear was super empty, so then I decided to just finish the whole kit off with the rear too and I was SURE I was going to be done but then it looked unfinished with the stock tails… And here we are…

I guess it was kinda meant to be that way – Mugen themed the whole car, so if you get one part of it, it’s going to look a little off. Mind you, many people have done that and gone for just the lip and it looks just fine but the OCD in me can’t stand it. It literally keeps me up at night LOL. So now that I have the tail lights, I feel like it’ll be complete. (I hope so, for the sake of my marriage LOL).

Anyway – a pretty straightforward install. I still have my gripes about it, but it’s Mugen afterall…

Arrival inspection…

Good ol’ Japanese instructions again. I could make a book out of all them…

All pretty looking even in the plastic…

Took the left light out just to inspect. Looks great – top notch quality as expected.

To start, I taped around the tail light just to ensure I wasn’t going to scratch up the paint or anything.

It’s a pretty easy removal. Two bolts and it pops out.

The existing wires that plug directly into Mugen. A good time to clean up under the tail light while you’re at it too…

All plugged into Mugen. It came with a bunch of foam insulators that I later wrapped around all the connections. I didn’t take a pic…

Also has a cool switch for you to decide whether you want sequential or straight blinking. Of course I went sequential…

All popped back in. Perfect fit.

The hatch pieces are a bit of a pain to get to cause you have to take off the plastic lining on the inside. Kind of a pain.

My only gripe about the Mugen tails is that the hatch piece is non-functional. So you’re basically going from a working piece to a “dead” unit. Mugen even includes dummy connectors to plug the stock harness into so that it doesn’t just hang.

There is another company that makes a replica of the Mugen tails that does include a working hatch piece and it looks exactly the same and although it’s functional, I wouldn’t ever get it just for that. I guess it all comes down to quality over everything to me…

All done! A shot of the nice Mugen logo on the inside…

Mugen stamped on all the light pieces. Nice touch.

All done! I ceramic coated the tails too 😛

Pretty much an OEM finish as expected by Mugen.

And also an OEM fit too. Everything lines up with absolutely no gaps.

Some testing shots with the lights lit up. Unfortunately, no actual braking shots cause I was alone when installing…

Super clean! It took some time for the tail lights to grow on me – much like the rear, but now that I have it – I love them. I’ve come to the conclusion that the Mugen tails look great with the Mugen rear and they compliment each other perfectly. The three LED strips in the lights match the three vertical lines in the Mugen lip. There’s a lot of subtle hints in the Mugen kit that all compliment each other nicely.

I’m a happy camper!

Carpro Gliss Application

The bad thing about detailing cars is that you end up getting sucked into this never-ending black hole of products that you can’t get out of because you think you need them. And even when you know you don’t need them, you get them anyway just because. Next in line for me was Carpro’s Gliss – a hyperslick topcoat meant to be used over top of Cquartz UK 3.0 or on it’s own. It’s basically a permanent coat of reload – rather than applying Reload every few months, you apply it once and you’re done. In reality, I could’ve just applied Cquartz UK 3.0 and would have been done with it… But you know… That black hole…

I have been in limbo by myself in that black hole for a while and I would occasionally delve deeper but the day I coated JC’s car was the day I brought him into that hole with me and let me tell you – that guy is freaking drowning LOL. This guy makes a visit to Carzilla every week trying to buy new products and doesn’t know what’s gotten into him. The bad thing is although I laugh at him – he’ll message me and ask if I want anything and I end up getting shit too. UGH LOL

Anyway, not too many pics on it since it’s pretty boring to talk about application. Just wanted to give a quick review on it.

Application of Gliss can be done several hours after application of UK 3.0 but in my case, it’s been a few months. My dilemma is that Reload, Elixir and Ech2O had all been applied multiple times and Gliss cannot go over top of it as it won’t bond to UK 3.0 properly. As a result, I had to do a few extra steps to get rid of it all. The steps are to wash with Reset, then decon with Tar-X, then Reset again and one final IPA wipe down with Eraser. None of this will affect the original UK 3.0 coating, but it will remove the oils that all the top coats left behind. If you’re doing this – keep in mind not to leave Tar-X on too long or wipe it in otherwise there is a chance it could damage some of UK 3.0 – simply spray on, wait a few minutes and spray off.

After it had all been done… It was stripped down to the UK 3.0 coating with no toppers. You can tell if you run your fingers across the paint and the slickness is completely gone.

*heart eyes*

Application was super simple. Easier than UK 3.0 even… You apply it the same way except it flashes much faster and hazes instead. I left it on for maybe a minute or two and then wiped off. Wiping off leaves the same super slick feeling that Reload does – so you’ll know it worked.

One of the other things with Gliss as well is that it does not harden. The cloths you use to wipe off Gliss can be re-used. I know it’s tough to see in pictures and on a white car, but it does add a bit more sheen and depth to the already shiny finish.

It is most noticeable on darker colours because you can really see the difference. I had applied it half and half and wiped off and you could see the part where Gliss was applied was noticeably darker and deeper. You can layer Gliss as well, but I thought that might be overkill LOL. I’ll leave as is and then do my usual maintenance with Merlin’s Majic Elixir and Ech2O.

Overall – a pretty good product to have so that you don’t have to worry about when to apply Reload. The extra few degrees of water contact angle sold it for me so that was already enough 🙂