1st Sumer month and we have some uber uber awesome chops! Hot cars, with various themes, one better than the other! We've got Euro, Concept and a phat JDM tuner car.
In the Streets section Niqhtskill proved himself, he still owns PS, not the other way around and nailed a win with his super stanced Golf R32 - simple but effective, I think those are the right words!
This month, CarShow area is being represented by my TRD Scion FR-S Concept, I trully thank all of you, didn't thought it would make that of an appearence!
On the other pole, there's illusionest which wins ground each month. This time he went full tunerish with a slammed 370Z show car.
More to come!
Streets chopper: Niqhtskill
Q: What or who made you use Photoshop?
A: I had a few people in my old Multi-gaming clan who used to Chop. That got my interest and paired up with my liking to cars i couldn't resist to try.
Q: When did you start virtually modifying cars?
A: I actually started 3 years ago. But at that time i was a total beginner with Photoshop and stopped again. Then i tried it last year again with a better success than the first time.
Q: Where do you get your inspiration from?
A: If I'm out of ideas, looking at tuned cars helps me a lot.
Bonus question: What's your average time spent on a chop?
A: It depends if I'm in chopping mood or not. Can range from 5-6h up to a few days.
CarShow Chopper: Danyutz (questions by illusionest)
Q: Why did you choose to do a TRD version of this FR-S Concept? Is there some meaning behind it you would like to explain?
A: Yes it is, basically all my chops have a solid ground behind it, a theme, or anything, I just don't start random. TRD FR-S was a bit of a test, just like a test "pilot" episode of an upcomming show, see how the crowd reacts. It' part of our PS-Garage Exclusive chops, where we intend to speculate upcomming car models, or to anticipate the looks of sportier versions of already released models (like this FRS).
Q: the technical aspect of your work is excellent, how long have you been chopping? or brushing?
A: Thank you, it means a lot when it comes from you. I've been chopping for 5 years now and brushing started right after I joined PS-Garage.
Q: What tips do you have for those members that havent made "Car Show" yet?
A: I think the most important one that I mould around is "to have patience", that's the 1st chopping rule, rushed things are always faux and treated as like. Another advice would be that when they're about to give up, just think things rationally, "It's Photoshop people, let your imagination go wild, there's nothing "Ctr+Z" can't do, to fix mistakes, where else can you do whatever you want and then go back to a previous stage if you don't like the outcome?"
Advanced CarShow Chopper: illusionest
Q: What's your criteria when judging chops?
A: My criteria for judging chops are a bit different than most people. Most people look for absolute 100% realism, or, some people like JDM stance and nothing else. As a transportation designer, I look forward to the future of the industry. I’m always looking for creative, innovative solutions, not just old school restorations or cool 20 year old drift cars. I want to see body kits that have never been done before, push the limits of body kit design. Use of color, combination of graphics is endless, and can be trend-setting themes to try. Of course the technicality of the chop is also very important. Good idea needs good execution. If you have a brilliant idea but can’t communicate it well, time to practice! As Chris Bangle once said in an interview (from the movie “Objectified”), we come in contact with sculptures every day, not just at the museum. Cars are sculptures we see, and use every day, but we never really think about it. That being said, it’s not a bad idea to treat cars as sculptures. I can go on and talk about sculptural methodology for a while but this is not the interview to do that. Here’s a secret I don’t usually tell people, but since this is a ps-g exclusive interview….. A lot of people understand basic lighting and shadow, and reflection techniques and rules. However, sometimes you need to break the rules to produce outstanding work.
Q: You think that users that aren't satisfied with their chops from various reasons (like finding donors, failing at brushing, etc.), should quit chopping?
A: No, those are technical problems. That’s like saying I’m going to stop riding my bicycle because I have a flat tire. If you really want to chop, you find ways to fix that problem. If you can’t find donors, then don’t. To be honest, I can’t find donors, in fact, I suck at it. I hate finding donors. So what do I do? I spend a great deal of time learning how to brush so I never have to find donors. It takes me probably an hour to brush kits, but will probably take me days to find donors. Chopping is a hobby, not a job. You have a choice to do it, or not. If you are unsatisfied with your work, and you don’t like doing it. Then don’t.
Q: What should a member do when "chopper's block" hits?
A: Take a break, completely stop chopping for a while. Then look at other artworks, appreciate other people’s works. Get new inspiration, it could be inspiration from a 60s race car, or a sci-fi movie, or some graphic designs you saw online, or perhaps some photography from someone’s online album. Inspiration can come from many places! You can always start small, maybe work on a simple lip kit, then work your way into something more complex and get into the groove again.