Now I actually finished Forza Motorsport 2 some time ago (970 gamerscore, yay!) but hadn’t got around to posting this paint job which is the one I’m most proud of.
This is a reproduction of the Studio Ghibli title card, a DVD capture of which you can see below. Studio Ghibli is the home of Hayao Miyazaki, an entirely remarkable filmmaker who thoroughly deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Hitchcock, Disney and Spielberg.
I started by reproducing the text part. This was fairly straight-forward though quite time consuming as, obviously, the Japanese Kanji script had to be recreated from primitives. Once that was complete it was saved as a new vinyl group.
Next was time to attempt the line drawing of the Totoro (taken from Miyazaki’s entirely wonderful My Neighbour Totoro). There are two tricks to producing complex line-art vinyls in Forza Motorsport 2.
The first is to complete the artwork on the roof (a large flat roof like the Mini) then save it as a vinyl group and place it on the car you require. The second is parentheses. The lines that make up this drawing are, in fact, scores of parentheses of different sizes. And yes, it takes patience and determination.
I even discovered a new detail in the Ghibli title card. One of the ears is a baby Totoro. I’d never noticed that before.
To say I was delighted with how this paint job turned out is an understatement. It is far better than I considered myself capable of as it looks recognisably like the image I was going for. It’s not quite perfect but, if you wait for perfection, you’ll never finish anything.
So, my tribute to Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli is complete and with that my Forza Motorsport 2 adventures are complete. Roll on Forza Motorsport 3.