2010 October Chops of the Month

This month we had some intense chops! See below for the wonderful interview done by our friendly forum member, Danyutz. 

Street Chopper - shadow-designs

Q: What or who made you use Photoshop?
A: I liked modified cars since i was little, so when i got myself a copy of Photoshop i immediately started chopping without knowing that there is communities for such thing.

Q: When did you start virtually modifying cars?
A: About 4 years if i'm not mistaken.

Q: Where do you get your inspiration from?
A: My main inspiration is real modified cars and sometimes other chops , although i try to mix styles alot

Halloween question: What's your average time spent on a chop?
A: 2 weeks

CarShow Chopper - ATC-Design

Q: When did you start virtual tuning?
A: I started virtual tuning around about september 2007. It all started from me thinking "what happens if i could create an image of my dream car, but more realistically than by drawing it", then i saw digimods, and i had to start. For the first 2 and a half years i was using gimp, and have only recently started using Photoshop, which, i must confess, is a lot better.

Q: What's your motivation for virtually tuning cars?
A: My motivation for v.t. , is simply the fact that i love cars! Especially fast, good looking one. I also enjoy expressing myself, so photoshop modifications is a great creative outlet. It also gives me many skills that others do not have, which brings me onto your final question.

Q: Do you use Photoshop for anything else, or you focus your skills for virtual tuning?
A: For me, Photoshop isn't simply for modifying cars - I use it for everything, logo design, renderings for my tech coursework, and a whole range of images for different purposes from websites to simply editing my photos that I have taken with my camera. It's simply great.

Halloween question: In your virtual tuning career, what was the factor that helped you improve your skills?
A: In my virtual tuning career, the factor that has helped improve my skills most has been observation. Firstly, seeing other people's chops - this is great inspiration, it makes you want to chop, and want to get better, and it brings out the best in you. Secondly, looking at real cars and photos. If you really look hard, and try to copy what you see, you get the best results. It sounds simple enough, but it is hard, as reflections, and colours, appear in places you would never expect to see them, and it is these things that make a chop most realistic. For instance, with the rain on my last chop, i realized what people were doing wrong, by going out and looking at wet cars. The key is on areas of shadow, raindrops appear light when facing upwards, and dark when facing downwards... on light areas, they appear dark. And it really is like that - go out and look, and try to mimic every detail you see, and you will find everything falls into place a lot more easily

Advanced CarShow - samvesters

Q: When did you start using Photoshop?
A: I started using PS a couple of days before I started studying. So that would be September 2005. I have always been interested in cardesign and I think I saw some chops on the net by accident! Smile

Q: As far as I know, you study design in school, you think this helped somewhat in your chops? If so, how?
A: Yes indeed, I study Product development in Antwerp, which includes a lot of designing. It might have been of use, as one of the first things we learn there is to correctly draw objects in perspective. And just that is something a lot of choppers seem to struggle with!

Q: Do you see Photoshop, as a way to earn living?
A: I would love to make a living out of designing cars or bodykits. But chances of that happening are pretty slim I think. I would already be very happy if I could become a general designer or something in the likes. So Photoshop as a living, don't think so... Wink

Halloween question: Q: Being a more advanced user and a website old-timer, you got any advice or inspirational quote for our early staged members?
A: I know everything you make looks sweet and awesome when you just start chopping, but try to have a bit more self criticism and really look for errors. Flipping the canvas horizontally might help, gives you a fresh look over something you've seen a thousand times already.

Details can make or break a chop, but if the whole isn't good, all the details in the world can't save it. Thats why I always work from the whole to the details. Start with the big outlines and shapes, and if those look good start adding detail. Nothing as annoying as spending hours working zoomed in on some details in a front bumper, just to realize the entire front is off!

And last but not least, have FUN while chopping!

This is our October feature fellas, thanks for reading.

Again, congrats to the winners and thank you for your answers!