“On The Run” – the splendid car collection by The Rusted Pixel

“This is a personal project of mine that I have been working on over the past 18 months dipping in and out when I find spare time or the patience to sit for 35 hours to UV map and texture paint two models!”

Paul McMahon, aka The Rusted Pixel, said so on his project page. My jaw dropped. Just look at this!

What I thought were painted papercraft turned out to be intensively painted 3D models with a slew of graphic softwares (C4D, BodyPaint, Corel Painter, VrayforC4D, After Effects, Illustrator and Photoshop). And I mean, they look absolutely gorgeous. Grill, headlights, hubcaps, door handles, every detail of the car designs is full of character. Here at Kuvva we’ve covered cool 3D models like these devices and this animation. But these cars, these utterly stunningly worn-out cars, are a different animal.

Paul’s list of inspiration goes pretty long (from Studio AKA’s “Lost and Found” written by Oliver Jeffers, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Borderlands 2, Road Runner, Wacky Races, Sunset Overdrive to Laika Studio‘s work). But he has done something neither of those did: rendering 3D models built according to the exaggerated cartoon physics, and doing so perfectly. It’s not the smooth and shiny refining, it’s the aged, grungy beauty.

“I’ve just always liked rough, worn, aged and distressed stuff. I love autumn with deep, rich colours so I just try to get that through in my work. Something that was once colourful but now is a bit aged but still has a charm… and I love irregular shapes, light bounces in a much more pleasing and interesting way : )”

Kudos to Paul for putting together such great effort and perseverance in nearly 2 years to complete the project. Mind you, it’s just part 1, and Paul also has a plan for a Kickstarter project for a 3D printed series. Watch out for him! Here is his Behance, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Vimeo, Dribbble.

Some of the films, games and TV references for “On The Run”:

“1. Ramblin’ Entertainment is referencing Amblin Entertainment who were the producers for Monster House Also above is a sticker for Nebercraker Motors – the “villain” in Monster House.
2. RVTV well that’s just TV for and RV. Simples.
3. The make and model of the car from the car and caravan is a Sierra Scientist. A reference to one of my favorite games Half-life.
4. The BORT licence plate from The Simpsons (of course).”

The process from sketches to modelling, UV mapping and the final models:

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