31 July 2011 -
I've been working on the glassed-in headlights option. Here you can see how the glassed-in version compares to the (slightly revised) round headlights version.
Totally different bumpers and grilles on each, which has taken quite a lot of time and tweaking.
I'm still a little hazy about exactly what models had which headlights: Citroen DS, Citroen ID, DS20, DS23.... it's all a French mess to me at the moment, I might head to some classic car forums and ask the experts there.
1 August 2011 -
Finally finished the glassed-in headlamps! Now time to start thinking about the background.
All that's left to illustrate is the remaining chromework (door handles, window frames, winscreen frame, stuff like that).
Then I can chuck it all into Photoshop and start putting some nice subtle gradients into the paint reflections!
6 August 2011 -
A partially satisfying, partially frustrating day working on the Citroen.
I finished work in Adobe Illustrator - chucked in the background and did some work on the Citroen badges.
Then I opened the many layer files in Adobe Photoshop. It all came together beautifully until I opened the headlight files.
I had done some tricky stuff in Illustrator: transparencies and Gaussian blurs. When I opened these in Photoshop, it freaked out.
So I had to go back to Illustrator and remove any tricky effects, and break the headlights into their component parts to re-build then in Photoshop, and then add transparencies and blurs.
Which is all a long way of saying it took a lot longer than I expected this afternoon, and I didn't get to do any of the fun Photoshop work like glossing up the paint or putting reflections in the windows. Sigh.
28th August 2011 -
FINISHED! I completed the reflections in the paintwork today, a few tiny final tweaks, and then my Citroen DS was complete!
So in my final artworks there are two types available for purchase, the early round headlight version, or the later glassed-in headlight version.
Now I've put together a couple of variants of the colour, and it's time to start thinking about my next project. What to choose, what to choose...?