Final proof showing the detailed, hand-drawn wrap artwork fitted to the Ferrari 458. Each image showing the vehicle at a different angle is a separate Photoshop file where the body contours are converted to a template overlay and the wrap’s print files placed underneath. Each graphic is then angled and warped to fit the mockup and provide the client with a visual for final fitment and placement.
Sketch it, Vectorize it, Color it, Shade it…
Every element in this wrap design was hand-drawn by artist Paul Gambino whose unique style gives a new outlook on these memorable characters. While Paul is an outstanding artist, the character drawings are only the first step in designing a vehicle wrap. We started the process of vectorizing each flat drawing and laying them out on the vehicle template in order to make sure every single element fits on the Ferrari canvas.
Once the client approved the layout, we began filling the black-and-white design with a limited color palette. Using simple colors helps us make sure there’s enough variety and balance over the entire car before the final, most tedious step, shading.
In order to start shading, we imported the vector artwork into Photoshop at full-scale to maintain a high-quality print. Every inch of this vehicle was painted with highlights, shadows, and blended with texture brushes. The time-lapse below is only a small portion of this tedious process which ended with a file over 6GB in size– not to mention having saved multiple files at various checkpoints along the way. ** Designers: Here’s your reminder to save your work! **
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