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Audi R8 by ijikana Audi R8 by ijikana
Audi R8. My all time favourite car. Saw one in the flesh the other day... Oh my, it is drop dead gorgeous! Anyways. Down to the facts. The background i did not vector. Thats a live trace. The car took ages. About 25 hours i reckon. The longest time ive spent on a piece of art.

Many frustrating moments aswell. Such as the file turning corrupt and not being able to open it and having to start all over again! I also did the wheels from another R8 in roughly the same angle because they had better contrast and res so i could trace it easier. However they did not fit and i wasted a couple of hours on the darn things. Well thats pretty much it. Its not perfect and i will most likely go back to fix some things such as the depth of the audi badge and put a better plate on the front of it. Custom maybe. hehe. So enjoi.
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exotic-legends Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very nice work. One of my favorite cars is the Porsche Carrera GT which is one of the most beautiful cars ever built. This car also inspired me for a painting in Adobe Illustrator (2-D, using no mesh/no grid for gradients) from another interesting angle. See here: exotic-legends.deviantart.com/…
Also see the detail-links in the attachment of the picture-description.
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Fironza Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
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AWESOME! :XD: My favorite car. Excellent job, time well spent.
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ijikana Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
Thank you very much. It is quite an awesome car. There is one that drives around in the city i live in and my god is it gorgeous.
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Fironza Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
Dx You're so lucky!

All I've got around here is an Aston Martin Vanquish and a Maserati GranTurismo. ¬_¬
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ijikana Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
haha. Yeah but those are 2 very awesome cars! Audi appears to be growing in popularity in Australia which is a good thing. German cars do quite well here.
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Fironza Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Oh yes, I garentee you that around every corner in London there is either a Porsche or Lotus Elise. :XD:
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wingsablaze Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008
Thats some good work!
Such a good looking car. I think I might buy one for my collection
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ijikana Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
haha, me too
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Roomfullofmonkeys Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
i wish i could vector like that, mine look so flat all the time
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ijikana Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
Thanks for the comment. Anyone can vector like this. I have quite alot to learn about vectoring. But what i have learnt so far which is evident in this piece has come about with about 3 years practice. Thats all it is. You keep trying. If you want to see where i came from check out my first submissions in my gallery. i cringe at them now but at the time it was my best work and i had a lot to learn. As i still do! Just keep vectoring and you too will get there.

Try adding more tone to your pieces. More shades of colour in shadows and highlights to give it the illusion of 3 dimensions. The more time you spend in that department the more rounded your work will be.
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NguyenDynasty Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
very nice =] i need vector shading skills like yours haha
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ijikana Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
Thanks, im glad you like it. Thanks for the fave aswell.
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A-place-in-the-dirt Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008
Awesome work! What did you use to draw this?
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ijikana Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008
Thanks man. All in Illustrator. 8 layers ( that was a little silly of me ). It still needs work. Like the number plate reflection. As another comment said the reflection is different to the cars plate. Also the badge has no depth and looks as if it is painted onto the car, so i am going to add a small shadow.
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A-place-in-the-dirt Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
Oh awesome! Yeah I saw them.. but still it's looking pretty great! Seeya tomorrow night man!
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ijikana Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
yeah man. You driving or bussing?
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A-place-in-the-dirt Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
Yeah sheridans driving down, seeya tonight!
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dangeruss Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
You could either create your own reflection, or retouch the photo based one to match the vector front license plate. The blue & white reflection spoils it a bit.
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ijikana Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008
thanks. Yeah great idea. I will put a new numberplate in the reflection. i agree. Thanks again.
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mallikinney Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2008
wow. you know a vector picture is perfect when you think it's a photo before you look at the big version!.
Great work!
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ijikana Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2008
thanks. It still needs a little work. depth and stuff.
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