In a news article I read recently, automotive paint supplier PPG issued its annual forecast of popular automotive colors and they predict that blues will take on an important role in car styling. The article also stated that DuPont has seen a resurgence of blue being used.
Knowing color trends are important when creating concept artwork. When I was doing research on colors to use for the TATA Nano concept artwork, I noticed a lot of blues being used on many of today’s customized imports. In fact, the purple Nano in the artwork was originally blue until I changed it after deciding to use blue in the background to compliment the TATA logo.
So if blue is going to be the color for the future, what are the top colors now? As far as the top color, silver wins out over all others. The colors after silver are white, black, and red, in that order.
I tried to found more information about PPG’s report on their website, but couldn’t find anything. To read the news article I read, check out “Paint maker PPG sees blue as car color of tomorrow”.
I have seen images of the Bugatti Veyron and thought it was a cool looking super car, but I had no idea if it’s performance until I saw this video today.
Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear is driving the Veyron and in the video he says, “In a drag race with a McLaren F1, you could let the McLaren get up to a 120 MPH and still beat it to 200 MPH.”
I have seen Jeremy in a couple of other Top Gear videos and always enjoy his take on whatever he is driving. If you don’t know about the Veyron or it’s performance you will enjoy this video.
As far as Bugatti artwork, I did a piece of concept artwork called Roadgatti for Rod & Custom Magazine a few years back, where I crossed a Type 35 Bugatti with a 1927 Track Roadster for an article called “Reader’s Dream Rods”.
I read an article on Autoblog.com today about a new wireless computer mouse for the automotive enthusiast.
I have seen computer mouses (or mice) dressed up like cars before but for one reason or the other they still looked like a regular computer mouse. These new ones are different because they look more like cars than any other car-related mouse I have seen.
A company called fourdoormedia.com created these cool optical/wireless USB car mouses. They have all that you would expect in a computer mouse, right/left click-buttons plus a scroll wheel, but what sets these off from other car mouses is the attention to detail.
The also come with working headlights. Since I do a lot of my artwork late at night, my first thought was that the headlights could become distracting after a while but after a little more reading on their site, they showed where you could turn the headlights off.
Fourdoormedia has even gone as far to create a site where you can title your car mouse.
If you are like me you have probably seen Lego building blocks used to make a variety of things. This week I came across a video of a Lego V8 Engine that someone created. What makes this Lego V8 Engine different is that it spins at 1440 rpm!
On a post from Make, it says that it took 4-5 months to make and it is not part of a Lego set. Some very nice images of the engine can be found on Brickshelf Gallery.
Hey, what can I say! I was part of that generation that grew up with Hot Wheels from the very beginning. Still to this day, I usually make my way through the stores to see what’s new in the diecast section of the toy departments.
Some people really know their Hot Wheels models and which ones are the best to collect. I usually just get the ones I like.
My interest got renewed in Hot Wheels some years ago when our daughter started growing up. Like many fathers with a little one, you end up walking and looking at all the toys in the toy department. I remember telling her about having Hot Wheels when I grew up and how I liked to play with them. After that she started getting into Hot Wheels and now we both can usually be found looking at diecast toys on the weekends.
I thought I would post for you a few of my latest finds.
Purple Passion is one of the small 1:87 Hot Wheels. It was given to me as a birthday gift from my wife and daughter. These small Hot Wheels are more expensive than the regular ones so they knew I would not have bought it for myself.
The ’40 Ford is one that caught my eye. A purple convertible with flames, how could you not like it?
I found more 1:87 Hot Wheels on clearance at Walmart the other day, so I picked up one of each they had left.
This one was handed to me by another Hot Wheels fan scanning the display. It was one of those situations where I thought I had seen all that were displayed and then this guy hands me this one and says, “Do you have this one?” I don’t know who you were, but thanks!!
Have you ever seen one of those Hot Wheels mystery packs were you couldn’t see the car you are getting? My daughter wanted to get me one for my birthday and this is what came inside the one she got for me. It looks like Hot Wheels has new approach to a Hybrid vehicle.
Check out these hot pair of TATAs! This is concept artwork I did of the new TATA Nano. The TATA Nano has been introduced as the world’s cheapest car and will be launched in India sometime around 2008.
When I first heard about the Nano, I thought to myself what would one of these small, cheap, gas-savers look like all tricked out. So I drew two of them with custom paint, custom wheels, and a lowered suspension. I also modified the front of the orange and black Nano between the fog lights.
I thought that since I was doing concept art of a new model it might be a good idea not to make too many body modifications. Doing too many modifications on a new model could make it unrecognizable since it hasn’t been seen a lot by the public.
So you might ask, why create concept art of what is being called the world’s cheapest car? Well, I remember reading that the spirit of hot rodding is to take what has been manufactured from the car companies and in one way or the other, improve it. It seems that you can take almost any model ever made and find one that has been modified, so why not the Nano?
“The Nano is rear-wheel drive and it has an all-aluminum, two-cylinder engine. Its tailpipe emission performance exceeds regulatory requirements and in terms of overall pollutants, it has a lower pollution level than two-wheelers being manufactured in India today. The name ‘Nano’ was chosen as it denotes high technology and small size.”
Have you ever been to a Woodward Dream Cruise? I would sure like to go one day. The Woodward Dream Cruise is the world’s largest one-day automotive event. Each year they get around 40,000 classic cars from around the world.
I came across these interesting photo gallery collections from Autoblog.com of this year’s event. The images are put together by subject titles. Each image includes a hires version so you can see more detail. Take a look and let me know what you think.
Smokey and the Bandit is one of my all time favorite movies. I must have seen this movie over thirty times.
It came out about the time me and my friends were getting our drivers license, so needless to say it make a big impression on us. Still to this day there are certain phrases in the movie that always come to mind whenever someone says something to trigger them.