Yes, yes, I’m late again with the Cold Start. I know! But I had to do some birthday car drawings for members last night and I was tired, dammit, tired, and then I had to take the kid to farm camp this morning and well, here we are, with Cold Start at 9:30. Fine. I’m a monster. But, I’m a monster that looked at this cutaway image of a 1978 Fiat 900T van and felt something. Not something in my heart (I mean, a little, but that’s not my main point here) but something physical. The artist managed to render this so well that there’s a material here that when I look at it, I can actually feel it on my fingertips. Let me show you and you can tell me if you agree.
It’s this bit:
Those panels over the engine box there, they look like they’re made of this medium density fiberboard stuff they sometimes use on car door cards or other behind-the-scenes paneling, but here there’s something about the painted color and texture that’s just so dead-on and perfect that I can feel the smooth-yet-particulate-ness under my fingertips. I don’t think a photograph would have conveyed this as well, somehow.
The unnamed artist that rendered this van is an absolute master, and I want them to know, wherever they are, that I appreciate the effort and work here. I can feel those panels, their hardness, slight coldness but less so than the surrounding metal, the way the slightly chamfered edges are a bit rougher, all of it.
Am I the only one here? Am I nuts? Have you ever encountered an image like this, that makes you feel a texture? Answer me, dammit! I need this!