Chopping photographs of my scale model cars. There's no end to the madness! Image will open up to 1,100 pixels wide.
C H O P — I was going to wait to post this image until I had completed at least a series of six, but it's going to be a while before I'm really comfortable using my right hand enough to create photoshop art again. I can easily go through 1,000 steps before the 'history palette' resets itself, so who knows how many steps I really use in a chops, and my fingers and wrist will probably need at least a week before I can work like my magic again. In the meantime, behold the first one in the series, my 1971 Buick Riviera Formal Roof.
This is a photograph of one of my 1:18 scale models. This Riviera was the famed 'boattail' fastback iteration of Buick's halo coupe. I've chopped it into a more formal appearing coupe, more like what Oldsmobile fielded with its Toronado that year, a car that shared its E-body platform with the Riviera. I thought about what GM's styling veep of that time, Bill Mitchell, would have done had the boattail been rejected by management. This new pillarless roofline is very GM circa early '70s—it reminds me of the '71 Pontiac Grand Ville coupe which used GM's luxury C-body roof. I think it's pretty spot on! I really like the way it came out.
I'm going to include a different small vintage collectible with each scale model chop. In this case, I photographed the Riv with my Mr. Peanut's pen from the 1950s.