I previewed the Ferrari 250 GT California Spider illustration I was working on a few weeks ago, and I have finally wrapped up the final build and coloring. For the movie buffs out there, you may recognize this particular "Cal Spider" from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Truly a classic. I used a handful of photo references to get the shape as well as to make it as accurate as possible.
You can see through the various stages how the car came together. I had mentioned in the early post that the crazy “Technicolor” appearance in these early stages allows me to seam the shapes together, and prevent any of them from overlapping. This way, if I ever want a wireframe version of the car, I can just go into Illustrator and switch from fill to outline.
With this Ferrari, I had a few more challenges then I did with the Lamborghini Countach I created earlier.
One word, Chrome.
I wasn't sure how to deal with the Chrome elements on the car initially. It became apparent that the only way to pull it off was to build into some of the chrome pieces, for example the bumpers, a reflection. This gives them a kind of glossy, reflective, and hopefully chrome quality. For the tire rims, I used gradations of light and dark grays to mimic a metallic shine. All in all, I like how the effect came out in the end.
The tire spokes ended up taking quite a bit of time to make. I ended up adding more and more to help fill out the rims. They are simply lines from Illustrator’s Line Tool made of a few different shades of gray. The time consuming part was creating enough of them to make the spoke rims look accurate.
To finish I added some variations of red to give depth and then used the Shear Tool to give a little more pleasing shape to the whole car. This Ferrari and the Countach are part of a new series I am working on for the car collectors out there. I have an interesting concept that will utilize these illustrations in what I hope to be a new and interesting way.
I plan to have one additional car illustration completed before I reveal the entire line. I will be keeping with the classic car theme, but going American and muscle car for my next illustration.