Vector: Jackie’s Honda S2000 Progress

I’ve been on a mission to try and get better at this sooner rather than later. I feel like I’m so close but I always get to a stage and get stuck and it’s frustrating as f***. I’m pretty confident in myself in outlining the car and all other details. I’ve got a tad better at colouring but now I’m stuck at shading and highlights. I can’t figure out how to shade properly for the life of me. I can do closed areas like vents but that’s pretty much it unfortunately.

I suspect that after I get over this hump of trying to learn how to do shading/highlights, I’m going to have a hell of a time with headlights and wheels. Anyway, thought I would share my progress on this… I’m hoping I can have a finished piece that’s worth looking at by the end of the year. Baby steps until then… I’ll keep posting progress as I go!

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Here is the base I decided to work with this time.



After about an hour and a half, I was able to get the line work done. I’m starting to find different techniques as I go that look better than others. Ie., thicker lines for the outline, thinner lines as I move to smaller details on the inside. It sort of looks like the game Auto Modellista on PS2 if any of you guys played that a long time ago…

I’m also finding that it’s probably best to try and stay away from small details that don’t really matter that can make the project a little more difficult and messy for an amateur. Things like windshield wipers, small grooves, etc. Little things that people wouldn’t necessarily notice or miss when they look at it. I was overall pretty happy with the linework of the S2000, most lines came out smooth and the car doesn’t look as beat up like my FRS did.


And finally, I got the base colour down. This takes no time at all, and makes it look half decent, but it’s really missing the reflections/highlights/shading. I am absolutely clueless on how to do this so if any of you vector pros know how to do it, help a brotha out!

As you can see on the front bumper, I was able to do some knife work on the vents to get partial shading which I was super proud of myself for, despite it being a super simple task. I tried creating highlights and ended up removing them because it looked like poop. I’ll take another shot at it tonight to see how far I get…

Extra: Jackie’s Honda S2000 x Acura TL-S

Busy busy busy! I’ve been putting this post off for a while because I’ve had a whole bunch of other things come up again – no surprise lately…

While we were in Victoria, Jackie asked me to shoot his TL and S2000 together so he could have some memories of them together. He’ll probably end up selling the TE’s and then deciding to buy new ones again a few months later. I don’t even know how many sets of TE’s he’s had over the years. Both cars are a very similar grey – it would be bad ass to have the TL in the Moonrock grey too, but it’s close enough. I snapped a few pictures before we had to go have lunch and head out. Unfortunately, no rollers as I don’t think there was any stretch of road long enough that would have had enough lanes for three cars in Victoria. 🙂

Fun fact: The TE37’s on the TL are the same white TE37’s that were on Nick Chow’s J’s Racing Honda S2000, then on my STI, then on the RE Amemiya RX7, and now it’s been passed on to Jackie. I miss those wheels in white.

Happy Monday!

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TE37 on everything!!

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Nice view..

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We ended up moving to another spot quickly and Ben joined us in his NSX.

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And just the last two shots of the pair together. One for the weekend and another for the weekdays. MBN…

The Internet Sensation: Jackie Law’s Honda S2000

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Jackie’s S2000 has been in the scene since before I even started and he’s continuously pushed the bar higher for himself. If there’s one thing that I’ve gotta give kudos to Jackie for over the years, it’s that he builds his car for himself. I know that’s saying a lot, but it’s extremely rare to find someone who truly builds their car void of outsider opinions, ideas or criticism. In fact, I think Jackie is still the only person that I’ve met that has built his car because he doesn’t give a damn about what anyone else thinks.

Admittedly, Jackie has been a source of good information and inspiration for my builds. I used to hang out at Speedtech every week for hours on end talking cars with Jackie and discussing parts and the pros and cons of this versus that. I think my love for GT wings was spawned through his S2000 – 7 years ago, GT wings were ricey as hell and really looked down on at the time. Nowadays, everyone and their mom is trying to get the biggest GT wing they can find with as many support rods, cables, and reinforcements as possible. The scene evolves and tastes change, it’s crazy to think that GT wings are not a thing of race cars, but rather an aesthetic go-to now.

A big part of my attitude towards real parts versus fake parts come from those early days of mine – I don’t hate fake parts, but I try to steer clear of them. Building a quality car takes time – Jackie’s S2000 is the perfect example of that – quality is what people admire. It’s gone through it’s phases and it’s eventually reached a point where Jackie truly believes it’s complete and that no more money is going into it. Of course, that’s what we all say but something new will come along and he’ll have another reason as to why it’s not done yet…

For those of you that have seen Jackie’s car before, you’ll know it’s no stranger to the scene. This has been his biggest overhaul to date – so while we were in Vancouver, we made the trip over to Victoria to hang out for a few hours…

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First up – a roller as per usual!

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We got onto the Ferry nice and early and it was packed. It was a nice day though so a lot of people were up on the top deck.

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Diana can’t resist her selfies.

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The view was nice – much different from when I was here a few months ago. It was all gloomy and rainy…

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Blue skies all the way!

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When we got there, Jackie picked us up and we made the trip back to his place to pick up his S2…

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The cool thing about Victoria – or BC in general – is that the landscape and scenery is just so rich and vibrant. There’s a ton of places for photoshoots… It definitely beats our loading docks and dirt in Calgary…

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Of course we get to the first spot and the girls go to play on the playground.

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Now we get to the good part. Jackie’s new set up is immaculate in person. The way the colours all go together is great.IMG_1845 copy

Probably the most noticeable change is his vibrant, custom blue TE37’s paired with T1R titanium lug nuts and a new AP Racing BBK set up in place of his T1R BBK he had for a while.

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And for the biggest change – Jackie’s turbo set up. It matches perfectly with his Spoon hood…

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Craft Square mirrors.

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Double Spoon bucket seats

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And for those that have been following Jackie’s build over the years – the most obvious change is his switch from the ASM bumper to the Voltex Race bumper. Much more aggressive.

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To continue with the flow of colour, Jackie has a set of titanium wing stands for his 1700mm J’s Racing GT wing. The piece that was responsible for my love of GT wings…IMG_1858 copy

Fun fact: the Ti bolts that Jackie has holding down his wing are my old bolts from my Civic. Good to see he still has them… Now how do I convince him to give them back to me? lol

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Jackie’s gone with a more functional wheel/tire set up – probably cause he’s sick of messing up his fenders all the time. But it still looks great.

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And yet another aesthetic change you might have noticed is the full body colour change – he went from the OEM Sebring silver to the “JDM” Moonrock grey metallic. It’s a bit darker but it’s definitely a nice shade in person under differing light. It’s grown on me…

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The TE’s shining through…

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Oddly enough, one of my favourite shots – the colours just work so well together here.

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Off to the next location – if you remember way back when I shot Ben and Chris’s cars, I mentioned that there was really only one stretch of road with nice scenery and two lanes. Victoria is fairly small so we took this road a few times until I got the shots I wanted.

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Speeding away to make a U-turn for another round…

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under the hood, Jackie got Sheepey to make him some custom pieces for his turbo set up. A nice addition.

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He recently also changed his red valve cover out for ab lack one to match the engine bay a little better and added an ARC plate as well.

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One of the mods Jackie was quite proud of was his Mugen radiator. A pretty rare piece to acquire…

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You can see the Mugen Power stencil on the front of the rad here…

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One more shot…

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We had to stop to fill up so I got the typical gas station shot. Every car guy likes these, right? I sure as hell do.

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Couldn’t help but add the obnoxious wide angle pic of the wing to make it look even wider lol.

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As we moved closer to the scenic area, the sun started to get more harsh. It’s definitely tougher to shoot in these conditions, even with my polarizer, but it turned out well.

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All of these pictures show all of the different spectrums that moonrock grey metallic can go through depending on light.

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Another shot of Jackie’s wheel/tire/brake combo.

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I liked this shot as well – got a JDM angle going. I try to avoid it, but sometimes it just works lol.

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I lied. Another JDM angle shot.

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One more shot to show how bright the titanium stands are.

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Close up of the detail on the Voltex carbon lip.

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And alas, the Spoon hood everyone wants to get their hands on… This is the Spoon prototype race hood, and I believe there are only a handful of these that some people are fortunate enough to have. Jackie being one of them… I know that there are a bunch of individuals who have tried to take the mass-made Spoon hood and mold it to look like this, but haven’t seen a good copy yet. Either way, it’s something that I don’t think Jackie will be letting go of any time soon.

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And one last one to finish this off like always. Huge thanks to Jackie for taking us all around and letting us drive your Hybrid Highlander. Sorry we couldn’t stay longer like I promised – NEXT TIME, we will plan for the whole day and we won’t have to rush! I’m hoping I get the chance to shoot this again in the near future… Until then…

Happy Monday! Scott’s S2000

I say “Happy Monday” because I only work two days this week and I’m off for Christmas! Super stoked and I think this is the only Monday I’ve ever looked forward to this year LOL

Let’s start Christmas week off with a few unedited shots of Scott’s S2000 that I missed.

Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!!

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