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Classic Trolley 3D Illustration

Recently I was contacted by Classic Trolley in Medford, Oregon because they needed some realistic renderings of a custom trolley they are building for a customer. At this point I'm fairly close to being finished with the modeling, and when I'm done there I'll jump into texturing and that'll really bring this thing to life. It's been a really fun project… here are a few test renders.


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Aerial Illustration: Upper Rogue River

I've nearly completed another "aerial illustration," this time it's the Rogue River from Lost Creek Dam down to Gold Hill. Being a former resident of the Rogue Valley, I know this area fairly well. Lots of fond memories!

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Aerial Illustrations

Every year I produce about 100 illustrated maps of fly fishing destinations for three magazines, Northwest Fly Fishing, Southwest Fly Fishing and Eastern Fly Fishing. I've been doing this since 1999, when the publisher launched the premiere issue of Northwest Fly Fishing. It's been a good "gig" for me in a variety of ways, and I've come to appreciate landscapes from a bird's eye view.

I've decided to develop the style of maps I do for the magazines into a large-format, more fully-rendered piece of art that shows off these very interesting places… some places I have fished, some places I'd like to fish.

I've begun with the Metolius River, a little more than an hour's drive from my home here in Central Oregon. The Metolius is a beautiful spring creek which also takes on quite a bit of snowmelt from tributaries as it rolls toward its confluence with the Deschutes River at Lake Billy Chinook.

I'll be making this available as an art print here.

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Custom Sports Car Concept Visualization

About four or five weeks ago a visitor to my web site named Steve contacted me about creating a 3D model of a sports car that he wanted to build himself, a car that combines certain styling cues from several vintage racing cars, all to be built upon a Corvette chassis.

Steve and I worked out the terms and, in short order I was off and running. What a cool project!!

Here are some images from the progress of this project.

Thank you, Steve, for a very enjoyable project! I can't wait to see pictures of the real thing!

 

 

 

 

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Pete Chadwell's Jaguar C-Type Model Appears in Jaguar's F-Type Promotion

A few weeks ago a British film company (Tangerine Films) contacted me after visiting my web site and seeing the Jaguar C-Type model. It turns out they needed a 3D model of a C-Type Jaguar for the production of a promotional video they were doing for Jaguar to promote the coming launch of the new Jaguar F-Type sports car.

Well, they ended up purchasing the model and using it in the video embedded below. It goes by rather quickly, and you don't see a whole lot of the car, but the intent was to invoke Jaguar's sports car heritage with 'teaser' shots of the C-Type, D-Type and E-Type models. The shots of each are brief and rather abstract, but enthusiasts are likely to recognize the shapes so I think the use was entirely appropriate and effective considering what the producers of the film were shooting for.

My C-Type model makes its appearance at the :17 second mark and remains on the screen through :22 seconds. The D- and E-Types show up a bit later, but those models were sourced elsewhere.

It's a nice accomplishment to have my work playing a direct role in Jaguar's promotion of this new sports car, the F-Type.

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Resuming the Jaguar XJR5

The model of the Group 44 Jaguar XJR5 turned out to be a long-term project, alright. It got set aside for a couple of reasons… for one thing I needed to wrap up the Jaguar C-Type. Plus, I had a fair amount of paying work to do besides… and I'm sure grateful for that!

But one reason why it was easy to set this one aside was that the more I looked at it and compared it to the numerous reference photos I had gathered, the less happy I was with it. Eventually I figured out what the problem was: I started this model with bad drawings. I had downloaded them from the internet, and thought they were scale drawings. Simplified somewhat, but reasonably accurate… I thought. But much to my aggravation I had to conclude that the drawings actually had little basis in reality, apart from the fact that they did show the car with 4 wheels and tires. (I guess that's commendable) But seriously… after I worked my tail off trying to get the bodywork right I still could tell that something was wrong.

When I compared it to my reference photos, the front end was looking too bulky, the windshield way too small, the side windows not the right shape. It was driving me nuts. So I went digging some more and, to make a long story short, found better drawings. So, then I had to do the bodywork over AGAIN.


Based on the new drawings, I have re-modeled the bodywork and I'm very pleased with the vast improvement… and I've pushed right on through to applying the Group 44 livery to the bodywork. Here are some test renders:

I still have details to add and a lot of texturing to do insde the cockpit, but it won't be long now before I'll be able to drop an image or two into a "Group 44 Legends" format and make those available for purchase through my FineArtAmerica.com profile.

I'll be posting a few more images here before that happens, though. Thanks for visiting!


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Another New Long-Term Project: Group 44 Jaguar XJR-5

Though I'm not totally done yet with the Jaguar C-Type, I jumped into another 3D illustration, which will be the second in the "Group 44 Legends" series. This time it's the Jaguar XJR-5 driven by Bob Tullius. This car was raced in the early-to-mid 1980s and I'm still in the process of learning some of the history of the car.

I've already made pretty good progress on this, and I've posted some images below.

I've made some adjustments now to the side windows, which is a big improvement:

And now I've started to build some of the cockpit features.

 

 

 

 

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New Long Term Modeling Project Underway…

I have a rather long list of interesting sports and historic racing cars that I'd love to create 3D illustrations of… one of those is the beautiful C-Type Jaguar from the early 50s. A while back I did begin such a project, but it was set aside for various reasons. Recently I've resurrected it and I will plan to offer prints of the images I render from it similar to the Group 44 TR6.

I've included an image below that shows a little of what this process is like… first I have to locate some reasonably good plan view drawings of the car. The Internet is a great resource, but it can fall short, too. For the C-type, I actually found a couple of good reference drawings.

These drawings are scaled carefully and then imported as backdrop images into the 3D space and arranged appropriately. And then the fun begins!

And here are a few early test renders of the Jag:

I don't expect to move to rapidly through this project, as I do have commercial projects I'm working on. But I'll post updates periodically!

Thank you for visiting!

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Pete Chadwell Offers Prints for Sale at FineArtAmerica

I'm a sports car fanatic. Especially Triumph sports cars, and especially Triumph TR6s. After all, I've owned one for more than twenty-five years. And what sports car fanatic isn't also a road racing fanatic? I'm guilty there, too. So a few years ago when I started to fiddle around with 3D modeling, I knew it was only a matter of time before I would use 3D modeling to create illustrations of the Group 44 Triumph TR6 that dominated SCCA C Production racing in the mid-70s, piloted by Bob Tullius. I finished that project a few months ago and decided to upload a few renders to my account at FineArtAmerica.com. As time goes by I will be adding more, not just of the Group 44 TR6, but also of other interesting cars and who knows what else.

You can see the available prints by clicking here. You can order prints there in a wide range of sizes, either framed or not framed. Canvas, archival paper, with or without a matte. They ship it right to you.

Take a look and see what you think!

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Dynamic Arts Launches New Web Site

Thank you for visiting the brand-new Dynamic Arts porfolio web site! I'd love to hear from anyone who has suggestions on how to improve the site, but I have to say I'm pretty happy with it.

I hope you like it as much as I do, and I hope to hear from you soon about the next commercial project I can help you with!

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