Probably the best artwork for any Bond movie of recent years is the Flame Girl / Bond motif used for “The World Is Not Enough”. On the left is a silhouette of Bond in a classic pose. On the right an inverse silhouette reveals the body of a woman in the flames in-between. Very striking, very clever.
My first attempt was to create the motif on the side of the car. The Aston Martin DB9 Coupe presents a minor problem to this in that part of the door is accessed via the roof painting section and part of it via the side painting section. An inconvenience, certainly, but one that can be got around. I principally wanted to see how close I could get as quickly as possible. I wasn’t going for pinpoint accuracy but the general feeling.
The principle was quite straightforward. The car would be black. I would place a block of colour where I wanted the girl and chip away the edges using black primitives leaving only the girl visible. I then replaced the block of colour with a couple of gradients. To my delight, things came together pretty quickly. I was using a lot of the rounded rectangles spun to different angles to create the legs and not leave sharp edges. I didn’t quite get the proportions right and I never quite got the transition from her breasts to her shoulder to her head right. However, the effect was there and on track it looked surprisingly cool.
On top of that, I enjoyed racing this car.