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August 4, 2012
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2.3 MB


80 (who?)

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1/200 second
Focal Length
48 mm
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Date Taken
Sep 9, 2012, 6:30:57 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 Macintosh
Mazda 787B by Anths95 Mazda 787B by Anths95
EDIT 10/4/2013: Added a new picture to better show the drawing.

FINISHED 9/9: YES. YES. YES. I DID IT. I'm really happy with it :) I almost killed myself when I screwed up the last "N" in the RENOWN on the hood, but I fixed it with a white gel pen. Other than that it was smooth sailing :)

This is my Mazda 787B drawing.

I don't think this car needs introduction, but just in case, it's a four-rotor Wankel-engine powered beast that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1991 (and remains the only Japanese car to ever win). 5 exist in the entire world (not counting four replicas given to various auto and racing museums). It sounds like heaven… , and it's manufactured from pure awesome. :D

I tried a different approach to put down the lines this time; instead of using a ruler to measure out distances, I used a grid both on the reference photo (ref photo here if you're curious… ), and on the paper that I'm drawing on (the grid was suggested by Laggtastic, who has basically become my car drawing mentor :D). It has worked GREAT, I love using the grid, it's much easier than trying to measure and makes it so much more accurate!

However, if I EVER draw another car with this much detailed lettering again, I want someone from the DA community to SLAP ME. I must be INSANE to try to draw such a detailed paint job.

Anyway, to be serious, you should check out Laggtastic - his stuff is awesome (I would kill to draw cars like he does), and he's seriously helped me a TON, not only this grid technique, but with a bunch of other stuff, too. So go look at his stuff already! :)

Thanks for looking!
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FIREBIRDC9 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent Job!

I am currently doing an Acrylic painting of this same car,   and I feel your pain with the RENOWN part :P

WickedWagon Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
I like this a lot. What did you use to make this?
Anths95 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I used Prismacolor softcore colored pencils on Strathmore 14x17 bristol paper :) Oh, and a small amount of Sakura Gelly Roll white pen to touch up a lettering mistake.
WickedWagon Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Wow, that's impressive. One more question (the money question) How did you scan it?
Anths95 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I didn't, I took a picture with my camera :) 
WickedWagon Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
Wow. That's really impressive. I'll have to try that. Thanks a lot.
Anths95 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, it's my pleasure! Hope it works for you!
WickedWagon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Your welcome
KevinCalanor Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
I just love this car :eager:
It seriously makes me wonder why most brands avoid rotaries, it's one of the greatest cars that set their tyres at LeMans.

It scary think about how many time take to this level of detail, whenever I keep to long on a draw I mess/give up, need to try back some car drawing sometime.
Sometimes it's better leave things without background, It's a safe choice, and set the entire focus on the car. :3

Ps. A little question, how many color pencils you have?  :meow:
I keep buying larger boxes and they never seem to be enough... I can't figure if it's pencils or skills that I'm lacking. xD
Anths95 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too, it's probably my favorite race car of all time :) If I had to guess why Mazda was the only one to do it, I would probably say it's because they were the only ones who truly perfected it. Rotaries can be very finicky and Mazda decided to do the R&D to get them to work, and no one else really did. By the time Mazda's rotary cars took off in popularity, everyone else was too far behind.

Yeah, it is scary, trust me :P  This took me about 25 hours, I think. I always space out long works like this over at least a week (usually longer); that way I work on it when I feel good and ready to. Yeah, I just tried drawing a car with a background a week or so ago and I ended up ruining it because I tried using Copics for the sky, so I feel I was right to have been scared to try one, lol :/ 

I have a set of 72 Prismacolor soft-core pencils. (I also have a Prismacolor manga set of 24, but I rarely use those for... well, pretty much anything, lol.) Basically, what I've found is that 72 pencils is enough for almost everything. There are times when I'm off by a shade or two, but usually by blending or using white I'm able to get very, very close to what I need. (You do need to have nice paper to be able to blend though, so perhaps if you're having trouble, you should try out some Bristol paper? I use Strathmore Smooth 300 Series.) Anyway, you can go with a bigger set, but it's probably going to be overkill.

The only pencils that I've added to the original set since getting it are some extra shades of gray (10%, 30%, and 90% cool gray, and 90% warm gray, in addition to the 20%-50%-70% of both colors that I had already), which are really useful since all of your lighter shades for black have to be done with gray. 

Hope this helps, if you have any other questions, don't be afraid to ask :) 

And thanks for the favorites! 
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