Chopped from Mazda's Kabura concept (below) which debuted January 2006. This RX3 Sportback would be Mazda's entry-level sports car with a smaller version of the RX8's Wankel Rotary engine.
C H O P — The Kabura was a very cool little Mazda sport coupe that made the rounds of the car shows in 2006. It was a back-to-basics small sports coupe, sort of like a Miata fastback. I thought that with a bit of 'productionizing' and restyling it could become a modern day RX3, the Wankel Rotary powered entry level Mazda from the 1970s. It could be the 'little brother' to the RX8 sports car, perhaps selling in the upper teens/low twenties. I enlarged the windows, adding more glass including a vertical pane of glass in the rear hatch a la Honda CRX. I also made some very cool polished aluminum trim pieces on the rocker panel and the rear diffuser valance panel, emphasizing the wheelhouse bulges—as if they needed any more emphasis!
This is another early chop of mine, before I started completely changing the shape and design of the cars in the original photos and before I created new backgrounds for them. Below is the original press release photo I started with. I also worked at a much smaller size then, as many internet forums at the time had a limit of 600-800 pixels in width for images. Even though I had worked in Photoshop for 12-13 years by 2006, I hadn't used it for creating art so much as color-correcting and resizing art for my books. Creating fake cars was one way I taught myself a gazillion more uses of the software. When I look back at these early pieces, I see how crude they were in many ways, but I can also see the spark of creativity that really jolted me to my core when I realized how powerful a tool Photoshop really was, and how much I was going to be able to do with it. I smile at these early pieces for that very reason.
One of artandcolour's regular readers, dear Tampa Granny, has posted that she and hubby Gramps have a hot little Miata convertible. This could be her 'winter car' or when she wanted a hardtop roof over her head! : )
Original Kabura concept from 2006.