Wednesday, March 21, 2012

El Chupacabra I

El Chupacabra (the 1st) is a legendary mythical creature described as a heavy set gargoyle looking creature about the size of a small bear. These vampiric furry lizards have been reported marauding parts of the southern States, Mexico and Chile. They generally target small livestock and drain the blood from said animals with the use of their sharp teeth. Directly translated, El Chupacabra means "goat sucker" which is apparently one of it's favorite snacks. Also reported to have leathery green scales and a row of spines running the length of it's back leading some eye witnesses to suspect an extra terrestrial origin. Come on now...that's ridiculous.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Lettered & Striped

It's been a long time coming to finally arrive at the graphics stage of our build and in an effort to stay true to our tribute to 1965 we had to have our lettering hand painted. There was only one name that I had considered for this particular job and that's our friend Myk Roc out of Langley. He isn't a sign painter by trade but is one of the best natural pin striper's I have ever seen and an over-all great artist. It also doesn't hurt that he's a die hard gear head and truly gets what we're doing. We imported him to Nelson this week for a working vacation. The layout was slow and tedious as he corrected the crappy vinyl that we had cut in order to maintain lettering proportions for the gold leaf. The letters themselves used 50 sheets of gold and by the time Myk was done there was ashen gold carnage everywhere. Outlining went rather quick and Myk free handed the "El" and "II" portions of the name. He also scrawled us an open ended /FX logo on the C-pillar for class designation and striped the entire blue and white colour break on the car in gold. The final outcome is nothing short of outstanding and I'd be lying if I didn't say that my liver hurts.