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  1. CB added a post in a topic VW Midget   

    I'm totally loving this Ken! 100% scratchbuilt!!! THE ONLY WAY TO GO! Just can't stop looking at those very cool styrene tires
    Might have to take a cue from you on your taking a break from the midget by building those awesome balsa wood aeroplanes-- I have a big 1/16 scale Fw190 balsa kit that needs built.

    Looking forward to seeing whatever you're having fun with.
  2. CB added a post in a topic Red eyed Rat   

    Thanx Erik, but 'tisn't PhotoShopping what done the deed. I used a softie called 'PHOTO EXPLOSION 3' from Nova Development. Have used it for years and keep recommending it to peeps as it's very user friendly and dirt cheap-- around $50 at Staples, or online thru 'Nova Development'. Everbody seems to think they gotta have the 'real' thing, and go to all kindsa lengths to get the PhotoShop fer really big bucks. True, the 'PHOTO EXPLOSION' softies are nowhere near what PhotoShop is, but for most peeps what wanta do a little artsie fartsie stuffs, fer $50 they can not go wrongo with it. I've just recently got the Adobe Creative Suite 4 that has PhotoShop, Illustrator, and a host of other stuff, and I'll probably not use even close to half of it in my lifetime.

    Thanx fer the kindly words-- I like them effects too. Would love to have a 1:1 what's lit up like that!
  3. CB added a post in a topic 58 Rambler gasser WIP   

    Been spending some time in the 'Shop' doing some 'painting' of this here Rambler......

    ...masking the flames off prior to painting them here.

    Close up of the masked off flames with the 'painting' just about done. The circle above the fender
    is the 'airbrush' and will only 'paint' the flames. They're surrounded by a white dotted line signifying
    that that area has been 'selected' and is the only part of the screen that is 'active'. Kind of like a transparent
    layer above the drawing.

    Got done with the flames, then 'masked' off everything but the windshield and layed a heavy red tint on it.

    Spent quite a bit of time masking and painting the body green and a kinda primer front end. That's all for today!

    More WIP pix of the process in my Fotki:
  4. CB added a topic in Auto Art   

    58 Rambler gasser WIP
    Saw a cool old two tone green Rambler in one of Ed Shaver's gas station dioramas, and got inspired! Went looking for a pic of a late 50's Rambler similar to Ed's two toner and found a cool '58 Rebel. It was a 4door, but....

    worked up this ball point pen drawing of that Rebel as a gasser-- the 'Rebel Rouser'.

    Made some copies and did some color studies, liking the two tone green on Ed's and hoping
    to make that the predominate color scheme. Worked up the gasser parts from pics from an
    old AMT Nova funny car kit.

    Here's where we be at the moment. Just got me a montrous new Dell and the Adobe Creative
    Suite 4, and have been doing some exploring. Playing back in PhotoShop again and lovin' it.
    This is a cleaned up version of the original ball pointy pen drawing with some revisions made.
    Thought this would be a nice little project to practise on, still need a lot of practise with the lasso
    tool. So far I just cut away the car and all the smoke, shadow area, etc, layed in a blue/white
    gradient on the background, cleaned up the car layer a bit and merged the two layers. Plan is to
    follow the color study more or less, still not sure about the 'Rebel Rouser' for colors yet, and hope
    to add some more lettering; cubic inches, gasser class, etc, in PhotoShop.

    As usual, I learned something-- really gotta start with a better drawing-- much less clean up that way.

    Wouldn't mind finding a reasonably priced old Johan Rambler to build up like this here, but I'm
    probably better off not adding another project to the bench, and just 'build' this one in PhotoShop.
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  5. CB added a post in a topic My VW Modifications,   

    .....a little carried away....??? I just don't worry about that anymore--less stress that way!

    Ok, now what ya got-- carrying us away?
    Lookin' inkeresting, but what you started with? Looks like metal.
    Can't wait to see sidewize 'n @.
  6. CB added a post in a topic '50 Ford Convertible Mild Custom - Updated 02-08   

    OOOOHH! Too pretty!
  7. CB added a post in a topic Plastic Surgery for the 1/8th "Big T"   

  8. CB added a post in a topic Sketch Pad Art   

    Or one big headlight?

  9. CB added a post in a topic Chili Pepper - VW Altered is Finished!   

    Looks GREAT Ira!

    Really does look like a pepper!
  10. CB added a post in a topic My VW Modifications,   

    Some cool lookin' VWs there Robert, and that streeeetttccchheed out racer-- very cool.
    Let's see us some more
  11. CB added a post in a topic Sketch Pad Art   

    Very cool Jairus! Kinda sprint car, single seater lookin' Vette! What's the front end look like?
  12. CB added a post in a topic Variations on a T   

    Thanks Jairus. Yeah, the b&w works. Solarization can be cool, but everything just has to be right for that to happen. I do so like seeing the colors change tho.....

    I've almost thought of changing my user name to "Pixel Pilot' at times. Being OCPD, I must be productive, so yeah, my 'playing' is at all times really 'practising' to the un-informed. Gotta be me, and the more I is me, the better off everything, and everybody, is Since I 'retired' 4 years ago from 33 years inna steel mill, I love telling peeps when asked what my occupation is--"Goof off"

    Awaiting delivery of my new super Dell computer (12GBRAM--1TB hard drive) Unless the FedEx truck is running a plow up front, I doubt it's gonna show up today tho with all the snow we got. Was supposed to arrive yesterday. I'm part of a band and they have been so kind as to provide Adobe's Creative Suite 4 so I can do video editing as well as other artwork. Really looking forward to being back in the hallowed halls of PhotoShop again
  13. CB added a topic in Auto Art   

    Red eyed Rat

    Took some new pics of my 51 Chevy 'Primer Liner' yesterday. Was playing with this pic
    doing different things to it until I got the look I wanted. Basically applied a 'solarization'
    filter to the pic after cropping it and rotating it a bit (original pic made it look like it had
    a flat up front ) The solarizaton filter gave it a bit of a dark, sinister look-- no red in
    the pic at that point. I saved that solarized pic to a jpeg, opened it up in my Photo
    Explosion softie, and 'painted' in the glowing red headlights, and seeing how cool they
    looked, I just had to 'install' some red glowies behind that toothy grille.

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  14. CB added a topic in Auto Art   

    Variations on a T
    Took some new pics of my Li'l T (with the big wheels) the other day and while getting the pics ready for uploading, I was doing the final adjustments-- cropping, lighting adjustments, etc in the simple HP Image Zone I have here. Here's the 'normal' pic of the Li'l T adjusted for best look before uploading to my Fotki.

    Here I converted it to black & white, did some pushing of the limits of contrast & brightness, etc,
    saved it to a jpeg, then put it in my Photo Explosion softie to 'sign' it. Almost has a pencil drawn
    look to it. Just might have to print it up and frame it.

    Basically same drill: First, in HP Image Zone, I applied the 'solarization' filter to the top image.
    I believe I then did a wee bit of adjusting of the contrast & lighting in 'adjust image', and again,
    saved it to a jpeg, opened it up in Photo Explosion to 'sign' it. Always like the effect when applying
    the solarization filter.

    I spend waaaaayy too much time playing with the little colored pixels
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  15. CB added a post in a topic The history of a small filling station   

    Really cool Ed! Who'da thunk a buncha paper & plastic could spark such a lively discussion abouts dem good old days!? You's really got a knack fer the historicals. I's glad I got to work at a real live Amoco station from '69 to '73 when all the muscle cars was out & about. The dingin' air hose bell, rear bumpbumps 4' up in the air when them young punk hot rodders would pump up their air shox Seriously, I put gas in some kids Tempest on nite and his back bumpbump was almost high as me nipples!

    Can't imagine you on a Shewinny StingRay George! Guess you know'd what you was a doin' when you pumped dat slik up with the comp air. A buddy of mine used to hang out at the station, and tried helpin' a couple young kids put air in their bicycle tires-- blowed both of 'em right up! poor kids!

    I always wished I coulda kept doing that kinda job, the pumpin' gas, checkin' the oil, washin' windshields, takin' inventory, and puttin' snow tires on.............but the times they was achangin'. T'anks Ed, fer bringin' a lot of cool memeories back fer a lot of us over the freakin' hill types.