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  • Apr 3, 2013
UPDATE: This Kickstarter campaign has been shut down due to copyright disputes over the original images used to create the Blackprints.

We enjoy highlighting artists who turn their brushes, lenses or whatever medium they fancy towards the four-wheeled things in life. San Francisco-based artist Sabrina Chun has done just that with her series called Blackprints: Car Designs Reimagined, which is currently enjoying an overabundance of funding on Kickstarter.

In the series, Chun has taken eight iconic autos and created inverse black-and-white profile views of each. The cars include the Porsche 911, '67 Mustang GT500, Shelby Cobra, Lamborghini Countach, Volkswagen Microbus, Ford Model T and pop culture icons like the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters and the DeLorean from Back to the Future.

The prints will be available in two sizes, mini (6x9 inches) and jumbo (24x38 inches), and they're printed on 80-pound card stock made of recycled paper using environmentally friendly soybean-based ink and solvent. What's more, this is some very reasonably priced art; a pledge of just $34 or more will get you all eight mini prints, while a pledge of $139 or more scores you all eight jumbos.

If you'll indulge us donning our art critic hats for a moment, what we like about Chun's Blackprints is not only the fact that she's chosen eight excellent cars to feature, but the works will hang equally well on the wall of a garage or living room. They seem so simple, but you'll soon lose track of time staring at features you've never noticed before that only reveal themselves in the light of Chun's negative spaces.

Take a closer look in our gallery above or in the video below.


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      Fazzster
      • 1 Year Ago
      She would look great in my bedroom................................I am talking about the 911 print.
      ScPhotographer
      • 1 Year Ago
      I spoke with two of the photographers. She did not have permission. Read more here: http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=1289072
        seansverige
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ScPhotographer
        Thanks for the link, some useful info there. Even 1280px image found elsewhere on Autoblog is borderline for 9", and waaay too small for 38" and some edges / shutlines / reflections look irregular / pixelated even on the web images. I don't like him, at least Fairey's Obama looked like there'd been some human input.
      Sc
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bruno Ratensperger ©2010 Courtesy of RM Auctions That is according to one of the photos I downloaded from RM Auctions' website detailing this car prior to it being sold. http://www.rmauctions.com/lots/lot.cfm?SaleCode=AM10&CarID=r164&fc=0
        neonrt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sc
        Email sent. Thanks for finding the photog. That is him, the photo is also on his Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixelteam/4487298038/
      neonrt
      • 1 Year Ago
      And it's gone. "Blackprints: Car Designs Reimagined is the subject of an intellectual property dispute and is currently unavailable." Behold the power of the internet. Hopefully she has learned a lesson and will go out, take her own photos and relaunch the project.
        djakebob
        • 1 Year Ago
        @neonrt
        "Hopefully she has learned a lesson and will go out, take her own photos and relaunch the project." Said lesson has not been learned-yet. The owner of the Cobra image has spoken with S.C., and she foolishly claims that the image of the Cobra that she is selling on her website is a different image than his, even though it's obviously the exact same image. You can see all of the images which she is still selling here: http://blackprintdesign.com/preorder/
          neonrt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @djakebob
          That is a shame. Hopefully the photographer of the Cobra registered the copyright and goes after her. I don't see how she could win that case. If you overlay her print and the photo all of the details match exactly.
      GasMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      The price is right. I wonder what it would cost to have one custom made for a car of my choosing.
      Mercek Daniel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Somebody PLEASE STOP HER! Modern day thief!
      Mark_SF
      • 1 Year Ago
      I agree with others here. Am long tiem Autoblog reader but never bother to comment here. This one really got me mad... the professionals who took this photo should sue her, she is nothing more than thief who stole others pictures re-touch them and now making money. I highly doubt she is paying any royalties to any of the real authors. What is even more mind buggins is that kickstarter haven't shut her down. It just proves how easy is scam artists and thieves get away. Somebody please stop her!!!
      Lori Hoddinott
      • 1 Year Ago
      she's back ... took the 95 decal off and is back at it. This is theft and fraud. Autoblog ... SUPPORT YOUR AUTOMOTIVE PRO PHOTOGS and tell this story like it is!
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
        Richard
        • 1 Year Ago
        I guarantee you could not afford her. And I also guarantee that she's better than what you have at home (if anything)
        GasMan
        • 1 Year Ago
        Wow you managed a racist and sexist two-fer. I hope you are proud.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        Nobody is too impressed with her prints, but this is uncalled for.
        H.E. Pennypacker
        • 1 Year Ago
        with such an amazing wit like that i bet you're a real hit with the ladies.
        augustus.key
        • 1 Year Ago
        Make me a burrito and 4 tacos
      lasiurus
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmmm...this image looks familiar. http://www.sportscardigest.com/wp-content/uploads/1965-Shelby-Cobra-Roadster-Side-Profile.jpg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lasiurus
        [blocked]
        neonrt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lasiurus
        Well, there you go. I imagine that photographer might have a problem with the "artist" making money off of his photo.
      GirchyGirchy
      • 1 Year Ago
      WTF is there to "fund?" It's just printed pictures of cars. I could do this in about two seconds in Photoshop. I wonder if she even took the photographs used for this.
      lasiurus
      • 1 Year Ago
      In case anyone here is interesting in learning how to do this yourself in Photoshop, here are the steps: 1) Google car Image > download > open in PS 2) In the top menu, select > Image > Mode > Grayscale 3) In the top menu again, select > Image > Adjustments > Levels > Push Darks and Lights towards the middle of the slider 4) PROFIT!
        neonrt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lasiurus
        LOL! I just tried that with the Cobra photo and it looks exactly the same. She went in and made the windshield all white. That is it. The Kickstarter is almost $28k. Hopefully she gets shut down.
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