Look what I found at the warehouse recently. This is the original airbrushed artwork that was used on the Hot Wheels Redline Club VW Bus, 1 of 12,500? Man thats alot, but it’s cool art, non the less. I can’t believe I can do stuff like this. It’s been such a long time and I miss the kustom-paint side of me that’s aching to bust out.
I didn’t know where it was for a short time, but looking at it, it really inspires me to start airbrushing and pinstriping again. ahhh, only if I had the time.
How the HW VW Drag Bus was made from this airbrushed artwork was a process called graphic fusion. First a high-res image is taken of the original artwork, then the image is used to produce the fusion (fancy name), which is really a factory decal that can wrap around curves through a heat treatment, and adhere really well to difficult areas that tampo (pad printing) can’t get to. For me, the tampo process is my favorite application. It’s like an artform in itself, printing one color at a time. The fusion process does have it’s uses, but I personally don’t like it, it’s like cheating, you know, print a decal and place it on, easy but still not that simple. But again, fusion does have it’s uses but the tampoing, if done right and with quality machines is the ultimate fav.
Maybe I’ll do a write-up on the process of the step by step artwork, I recall taking pics all the way throughout.