Toyota's Tercel X—entry level, all-wheel drive, crossover hatchback. Um, sure. Click to enlarge this little jalopy!
C H O P — Sometimes I just start chopping a photograph without any clear idea what I'm going to do. In fact, I do that with my art as well occasionally.
I know what bothers me about a photo to start with, so I begin by 'fixing' those items. Then at some point, a clear idea will develop, and I'll run with it. This time, I just kept changing things in Photoshop, adding and subtracting details, and this cool little car came out.
I began with a Yaris sedan, a thoroughly competent small car, but not exactly a looker. You wouldn't say that about this car. Even in dark gray metallic, I think my little Tercel X would stand out anywhere. Besides the suicide doors, which are almost a trademark of mine, I used a vintage styling cue of a chrome beltline molding visually tying the door handles together. Instead of a full-length molding though, I used it only on the doors, for a contemporary, almost avant-garde slash of chrome. Heavy duty springs are visible in the wheel arches for a functional touch, and a roof rack is included for the occasional African safari, lol.
I think it has a very cute quality about it, almost that 'sit-up-and-beg' look that characterized some vintage British Fords. I began this chop a couple of years ago, found it last night while looking through some old folders on my HD and finished it tonight.