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Forza Horizon 4 | RCC 2021

20 December 2020 | Forza Horizon 4, Forza Horizon 5

Retro Cartoon Contest number 10 is a fact! Snakeeyes Friex celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Retro Cartoon Contest this year! I can’t believe it has been 10 years already.

So what is a Retro Cartoon Contest (RCC)?

The Retro Cartoon Contest or RCC for short, was created by Snakeeyes Friex for the racing game Forza Motorsports. This racing game has an in-game livery editor that allows you to place some basic shapes on your car to make them look sporty and racy. Over the years the livery editor was evolved into a bigger library with more shapes. But that basics remains the same.

But if you let creative people use these basic shapes. They tend to push the bounderies a little bit to see what you can do with it. Same goes for my buddy Snakeeyes who now is one of the best painters out there. The quickest for sure. People like Snakeeyes manage to create stuff that even the developers of the game didn’t even knew that it was possible. Like this Halo livery created by Snakeeyes Friex.

But everybody knows that when you are creative you sometimes end up with a “creative block”. To be more inspirited and motivated, Snakeeyes Friex came up with a paint challenge for the Forza community which started on the official Forza Motorsports forum. He came up with the Retro Cartoon Contest; a contest let you choose your favorite retro cartoon from the “good old days” and place them onto a car. He even have arranged some awesome prices to win in this competition as well.

Eek the Cat

I entered almost every contest. My entry this year was Eek-the-Cat. Eek wasn’t my favourite cartoon in the 90’s but it hold some good memories dating back to my days at art school. As a offset printing assignment I created a print with Eek the Cat on it. Creating the paint on the car definitely brought back some memories back again.

On the moment of paint I had the biggest difficulty motivating myself into creating the paint. I haven’t painted a car in Forza for a long time and I had zero inspiration and wouldn’t like spending many hours of painting again. But this was a special edition, edition 10! I was also suffering from some mental issues that wasn’t helpful either. But I wound’t let Snakeeyes Friex down, so I went for it.

When I was at my work I came up with a idea for the design. I started to sketch out the idea on paper and when I got back home I started to compose this into digital artwork using Illustrator. An idea was born.

Concept

I based my design on a original race livery for a Chevrolet Corvette. I modified the livery a little bit and give it a different colour scheme and started to come up with a idea to incorporate the characters.

I also wanted to incorporate a little Easter egg myself; Annabel, the girlfriend of Eek. In the cartoon, when Eek shows off pictures of his girlfriend Annabel, he always gets the same response of them. Wow, she’s… big. Therefore I wanted to put Annabel in the background as big as possible.  As far as colour scheme goes I tried many different combinations. I ended up with a matte finish with carbon fibre and purple. I also wanted to avoid the use of masks as much a possible because of some glitches but I only made it harder for me in the long run and it didn’t really mattered in the end that much I think.

Results

This year I didn’t got any votes as far as I know. It’s not the best work I did but I also think that people didn’t understood how much work there is in this paint. It looks pretty simple but it all but that. Taking screenshots isn’t my best hobby as well. This also helps a lot selling the paint but I was barely to finish it on time and it’s as much as I was able to accomplish at that time.