One More Time.

When I started working on the series of ArtRage iPad illustrations of racing cars back in December, I did it as a personal exercise to learn a new tool. As I worked through those images, it became pretty clear that while technically proficient, they lacked something, and need additional finesse from other design software like Photoshop, and Illustrator.

ArtRage for the iPad does a great job getting me started, but using Adobe products is like speaking a second language, and the ability to tweak, is endless. I’m not starting another ArtRage/iPad project to post on my blog, but I did want to post and addendum image that shows an ArtRage/iPad image combined with more powerful tools running on more powerful hardware.

I love my iPad and the creative freedom it brings me, but some tools can’t be replaced. This image started as a digital painting rendered from a pencil sketch on the iPad. It was imported into Photoshop, and combined with Illustrator elements to complete it.

As I work through these I am finding a whole new workflow, and way of creating. It’s really kind of exciting.

This is What an Electric Motorcycle Should be About.

CRP is a family run motorcycle racing company based in Modena Italy. Founded in 2006 this company has produced some of the finest racing bikes to hit the track in the last few years and have been steadily building a name for themselves with in the MotoGP circuit.

In 2010 CRP became the first Italian manufacturer of an electric motorcycle competing for the clean emission World Championship TTXGP with its eCRP . This purpose-built electric superbike is a compact pure racing bike, designed and built not only to be a zero emissions motorcycle, but to go fast. Unlike many of the electric Motorcycles that have been released this year, this is not a city commuter bike. It comes from a racing heritage and it shows. Beautiful clean lines, Italian styling, sleek and aerodynamic.

the eCRP was designed by Roberto Cevolini and CRP Racing to combine an electrical propulsion system, with a true racing chassis to guarantee balance and agility on the track as well as the street. The bike combines a stiff light frame with a high torque motor for some outstanding results. eCRP 1.2 is an excellent example of a next generation of racing electric vehicle that is fast, agile, responsive and easy to ride. Cevolini has over 40 years of experience designing racing bikes and it truly shows here.

Next month the eCRP will head to the upcoming clean emission World Championship TTXGP to prove its racing metal. Later this year CRP plans to release the bike to the general public. According to Francesca Cuoghi, “eCRP 1.2 can be bought (starting from 40.000 Euros). Lease options also available: Euros 5.000  + VAT for single race and Euros 18.000 + VAT for all season, Euros 10.000 as deposit.”