Jean Guichet - Not Sterling Without Stirling | Signed Small Fine Art
As the early morning sun pulls up behind Virage de Mulsanne, Jean Guichet pulls out of one of the most famous corners in racing. The red Ferrari 250 GTO along with its other driver, Pierre Noblet, would go on to take the title in the GT class (2nd overall).
The mint green GTO in the background, driven by Innes Ireland and Masten Gregory, would not be so lucky; ending the race after the 165 th lap in a car originally built for Sir Stirling Moss.
If Moss had not sustained career-ending injuries at Goodwood earlier in the year, would the roles have been reversed?
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Research and Concept
Every image created is based on a real-life historic event. To ensure accuracy, extensive research is carried out to piece together every last detail. In-house concept artists, then, work up several visual ideas – using different views, settings, and perspectives – before a final design is settled upon.
3D Modelling and 3D scanning
Once the concept is established, a 3D model is created using computer-generated imagery. Studying every piece of reference material available, Automobilists’ artists, then, digitally rebuild the vehicle from scratch, slowly constructing layer upon layer with painstaking detail – even down to the last coat of paint.
With pre-production complete, it’s time to go on-location and start shooting photographs. This stage can last for several days and involves crews of up to 70 people, depending on the concept. The highest grade of professional equipment is used to ensure the highest quality and resolution images, and extensively detailed sets are also built when required.
The last step in the production process involves consolidating the digital assets to form the final artwork. In this phase, the 3D elements are rendered with the photoshoot imagery, and to this composite, additional elements – such as light, smoke, shadows, dirt, flames, and weather – are added, to bring the piece to life. Only with these details included it is time to print and frame.