The original plan was for me to do the front view and J_HUI to do the rear... however J_HUI got busy (or lazy?) near the deadline so it was down to me to finish off the rear.
From the outset, the plan was to do something different to what most teams would. I knew a lot of teams would choose to go down the tuning path, so I decided upon the race theme - pushing the limitations of the task.
Given the race theme, I believed they should be in their natural habitat - a racetrack. However, I didn't want both the rear and front views be set in the same sort of environment (as this can be boring). That's why I decided that there should be a mellow pitlane garage setting, as well as an exciting on track appearance from the vehicle. The aim of this was two make both images feed off each other - the contrast of environments in both images would hopefully accentuate the sense of speed and excitement in the front view, while exaggerating the peace and silence that is represented by the rear view.
In terms of the technicalities, both chops received a heavy treatment from the brush tool, with pretty much all of the bodywork on both brushed. It will be pretty easy for those with a keen eye to pick out the C&P'd parts - but for those interested...
On the front view parts C&P'd include: Rims (radial blur and disc glow added), lights (added more glow), interior/windows (cloud reflections added), spoiler, and front grill.
While on the rear: Rims and various parts left over from the base image.
Thankfully the slightly audacious move paid off and we're through to the final!
Wish us luck!
For those curious, here are the WIP progressions for the front:[link]
And the rear:[link]