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Discussion in 'Showroom' started by SpinDragun, Sep 6, 2019.

  1. USSTalladega

    USSTalladega Making a comeback!

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    Welcome back! Really nice work all around.
     
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    bluedevil21 Well-Known Member

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    I remember you from the BIg Al Grafix Days and URD. I use to be big in painting stuff there when it was around until I found myself in NR2k3. Welcome Back!
     
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  3. SpinDragun

    SpinDragun Well-Known Member

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    Thanks to everyone that's been liking and throwing some nice comments out.

    Haha! Now that's a name I remember. Yeah...I do remember seeing you around quite a bit back at URD. Nice to be back.

    Speaking of URD...a lot of the site, it's gone. Nearly all resources are as well as copies of the site (when you have the site behind a registration page for years, backups stop existing). Through my time there I spent a lot of time just bs-ing in the chatbox. This week I'll be releasing some screencaps from that, ones that haven't been seen in years with some names that are just gone (I know for a fact T1AO88 went nuclear on his social medias since we were good friends for years post URD). No, these aren't to call out people being shitty or anything...they were in my opinion some of the golden moments from the chat.
     
  4. Steve7151

    Steve7151 Well-Known Member

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    Ah Snap! Long time no see, Spin. Glad to see your back!
     
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  5. SpinDragun

    SpinDragun Well-Known Member

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    And delivered. Now I can't recall what the hell we were discussing for things to get to this point, but in my opinion this was one of the funniest nights. T1AO88 being the random mofo we all knew him as, St. Elsewhere ending reference, the foster's home for imaginary friends shoutouts, and even the reference to the old spice guy.

    chat1.png chat2.png

    Edit: yeah, I had a lot of dm's open. a bunch of people liked to chat with me on the side. Some weren't exactly allied with URD, i know Denny11 used to message me on occasion and he was outright banned from URD. The retrospect of his ban made no sense, but that's for another post.
     
  6. SpinDragun

    SpinDragun Well-Known Member

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    I was always one to give a tease...and after this post, that's gonna be a habit I'll be breaking. Now I threw 2 hints in my previous posts about something in the works, something "big". The question is, what? A new scheme or possibly some new render scenes? Well...yes and no. The reality is, I'm probably going to drift to a new style soon. After quite a bit of planning and finally getting my hands on the models...I have some "cars" I always wanted to paint on. Apologies if the scene looks like shit, I'm still experimenting with mental ray:

    truck cover.jpg

    Go big or go home. Legit have wanted to do SUV designs for so long...got that and a host of other body designs. Grave Digger I felt was obligatory for the launch. Nearly everything can be customized, I'm just a lazy ass and didn't change the frame color for the preview. The tires...ugh another thing that looks kinda shit, but they came with the model and I didn't feel like finding or making some better looking ones (maybe at some point down the line). Sadly, unless someone does something with the model (like an import to beamng or rfactor if that's a thing still), these are just show pieces.

    So how's the template look for something like this? Grave Digger is a bad example, it's mostly simple until you get to that front end. Nearly every other model? Easiest painting experience of your life. Here's a snippet from something I worked on back in 2015 (I tried making an earlier return, but had a lot of mixed feelings about it and postponed it for a few years).
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  7. SpinDragun

    SpinDragun Well-Known Member

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  8. Slipster17

    Slipster17 "Terrifying Cones Since 1983"

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    Kinda funny - I think you and I were both working on making vector graphics out of the VooDew logos and character at the same time, lol. I finished up all the main graphics on my fictional Chase Elliott car yesterday!

    I took one look at the bottle and 12 pack for VooDew and said HELL YES FICTIONAL SCHEME TIME!
     
  9. SpinDragun

    SpinDragun Well-Known Member

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    Lol, same. It brought me out of a 6 year hiatus to even try something. The only real pain I had was all the tree variations they used. I have another VooDew design coming out in the next few days too.
     
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  10. Slipster17

    Slipster17 "Terrifying Cones Since 1983"

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    Paging through your work here - which is awesome, btw - you and I seem to be in a pretty similar boat; a love of vintage schemes and cartoons. I cut my teeth back in the mid 2000s working at Summers Brothers Racing as one of their painters for NR2k2 and NR2k3. I had a LOOOOOONG hiatus where the wife and I were moving around a lot for jobs, starting a family, buying a house..... but since rediscovering sim painting, I really just enjoy painting whatever pleases me. Mostly old Cartoon Network cars and other schemes involving things I can free hand draw and then finish off in Photoshop.

    I have the base for my fictional Chase Elliott VooDew #9 up and awaiting some renders from the guys more talented at that then me, lol. Thinking about transferring the design to the 2005 Dodge template as well because I feel it could make a convincing Dodge Dealers/ Jeremy Mayfield era scheme as well.
     
  11. SpinDragun

    SpinDragun Well-Known Member

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    Same, I'm just doing what I enjoy anymore. I had a lot going on at what could be argued was my peak, control over a decent popular painting site, worked on carsets, filled both painting and render requests...now, kinda just do my own thing. I have no "exclusivity arrangements" (once again, another story for another time). I post my stuff wherever, some gets popular and some, people just don't care about. I'll agree with the freehand route, got a Huion tablet monitor just for that purpose. I typically do some sketching in clip studio, ink it in Adobe animate, then put it all together in Photoshop. A bit complicated, but gets the results I want within like 2 evenings of work. I checked your garage earlier today (really digging the nostalgia, especially from seeing Dexter lol) and it does seem like we're not far off from one another when it comes to paint designs. Nice to see someone else with that approach as well.

    While I'll keep most of the details hidden until the release, I'm working on a VooDew inspired Grave Digger paint. Most of the graphics are done, it's just a matter of putting it all to a template.
     
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  12. Slipster17

    Slipster17 "Terrifying Cones Since 1983"

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    Awesome. I look forward to the results!
     
  13. SpinDragun

    SpinDragun Well-Known Member

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    Alright...last preview...

    dewdigger1.jpg

    The headstones flavors are:
    Dew S.A.
    Liberty Brew
    Typhoon
    Sangrita Blast
    Distortion
    Dark Berry
    Pitch Black II
    Ultra Violet
    MDX
    Game Fuel
    Dewshine
    Holiday Brew
    Label Series (Black, White, Green, all discontinued)

    This and some of the hood are running into 50 layers as it sits (had the forsight to use groups at least). Still got a couple nights' worth of work to dump into it, but definitely a favorite design of mine now by far.
     
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    crazyboy335 #50in07 Banned

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    Good stuff in here. Sangrita Blast was my shit back in 2015.
     
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  15. Slipster17

    Slipster17 "Terrifying Cones Since 1983"

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    Kick-ass man
     
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  16. SpinDragun

    SpinDragun Well-Known Member

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    Grave Digger VooDew:

    dewo.jpg
    vdew3.png
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    vdew1.png

    Yeah the model still needs some work, and I plan on some better renders (got a friend helping set me up, but he's a bit busy and I really wanted to post this).
     
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    SpinDragun Well-Known Member

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    And as promised, here's the graphics set. Now the more custom stuff (the headstones, fog, patterns) I don't intend to post. This is everything else, the trees, the monster, the logos (mtn dew, voodew, limited edition, do the dew, and mystery flavor), some of the tombstones, bats, an HD bottle, etc. There's a lot, nearly all of it's 3000x3000.

    If any admin sees this, you have my permission to post it in the logo section:
    https://www.mediafire.com/file/wxilb6a8u0zdr90/voodew_logo_and_graphic_set.zip/file
    voodew logo and graphic set.jpg
    *the raven's tail is cropped in this image, it was fixed in the file.
     
  18. SpinDragun

    SpinDragun Well-Known Member

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    Got some new cartoons (if I have some new stuff like this I'll combine it into 1 post). A while back I did Ember as Harley Quinn. Well one of my friends said I should do Joker in the similar way with Freakshow from Danny Phantom. I rose up and gave him what he fucking deserved.
    [​IMG]

    The next...I'm not gonna lie. I have such pride in this. I'm from around the Pittsburgh area and on occasion go to Pens games (never really thought of combining that with a paint scheme, but I do have a concept I'm toying with). After heading to one in October I got some inspiration for this. I finished it tonight, and on what better occasion than when Pittsburgh beat Chicago 3-2 in a shootout?

    Ember and Kitty at the Pens game
    [​IMG]

    That's the first time I've attempted to draw Kitty since 2012. She has always been a pain in the ass due to that hair.
     
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    SpinDragun Well-Known Member

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    Been a rough past couple months, so sadly my time's been limited. Working on a new paint scheme, but in the meantime here's Tristan Jarry of the Penguins. Dude's had a great season, both him and Murray (may do one of him later), but had to give it to the guy who's helmet is covered in Tom and Jerry and the penguins of Madagascar.

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  20. SpinDragun

    SpinDragun Well-Known Member

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    Ember live on stage:

    ember guitar pose2.png


    I've never really messed with perspectives, at least not in years. My last attempt at it I sincerely hate to this day:
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    7+ years old. Fuck. It's actually my least favorite sketch for a number of reasons. Zero heart put into it. It was something I did to try and challenge myself, but also to make that car it was on not look so plain. At this point I was in my own freefall with URD and slowly stopped caring. This was my next to last car, with the absolute last one having so little effort put into it I never even rendered it. You'll notice it has doesn't have my signature "13" and even the "Circus Gothica" font changed. Simply put, it wasn't my car. I was typically asked to be in leagues just to help make things look more lively, "it makes us look better" I was told at one point. It didn't deserve either of those, it was made off and shipped to whoever ran the league (addict probably). Here's a link to the flat, I'm not even making you guys take up server space.

    https://imgur.com/BONXEdr

    Even in retrospect that's just depressing to see. But that's why I fell off the grid for years. Back in that time I could only dream of getting works like the new Ember one done.

    I'd have gotten a lot more done, but there were some moments that took precedence over my art (and to a much lesser extent writing). In short there was a potential job change in the works, but when things were starting to draw near with that I saw a lot of questionable moments where agreements changed. Then a long time friend of mine found out he had cancer last April (he's still alive, don't fear the "hads"). I think it was nonhodgkin's lymphoma. He had been going through chemo/radiation for months and in mid February they performed major surgery on him and giving him a decent chance of dying in the middle of the operation. While we were extremely optimistic and supportive for him, we spent the preceding 2 weeks gaming with him every night. While no one even wanted to think that way, it may have been the last time we got to spend with him. He got through it, unfortunately he lost his bladder/prostate in the operation. He's recovering now, slow but sure. We're helping him as much as we can, and he's been deemed cancer free.

    I sincerely didn't even think I'd type all this tonight, but if you read it all then some props are owed to you.

    tldr: I sucked with perspective drawing and am ok with it now, my last paint scheme on URD is full of depression, and my friend beat cancer.

    Next post we're diving back to templates. Been a hot while since I've tried my hand at another design, and I finally have something I think can work.
     
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