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EJ Viso is a long-time friend and customer of the team at JLF Designs and likes to use different themes for his helmet designs which relate to the track the helmet will be used at. His cousin Juanco is a designer working in Milan, Italy and he comes up with the ideas for the designs which we then translate into the painted artwork.

Side view

E.J. Viso's Nature Inspired Helmet Art

For the Canada races, EJ wanted a design that reflected the nature of the venues from a completely different perspective so Juanco went to work on some ideas and came up with a design featuring the Canadian Danaus Plexippus butterfly. Here’s his explanation of the inspiration behind the design:

Juanco:“Danaus plexippus / evolution baby: this precise family of butterfly is the National insect of Canada, that’s why we thought it would blend perfect on the Canadian scene. After all, to win, one has to move fast and alert on rainy Toronto and almost fly over the bumpy and tricky tracks of Edmonton…As a final detail we added the caterpillar that curls shaping the number 8…good metaphor for EJ’s Indy career evolution…”

E.J. Viso's Helmet Art

Figure Eight Caterpillar

We set to work on the paintwork and the task of making the Butterfly fit the helmet shape without too much distortion. As the colours went on it became obvious that the solid shapes of the original design looked a little flat and not very lifelike so I used some rough airbrush texturing to give the colours a soft transition between the colours. Then when the paintwork was finished I used a gloss base for the white and a matt finish for the butterfly to give a contrast between the two, and to give the butterfly the soft, powdery look they have.

Wings!

Wings for E.J.Viso

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Celebrity Spotting

Posted on: April 20, 2010 | Comments(3) | Race Tracks | By: Daniel

We just spent most of last week in Long Beach and Los Angeles. It was a great week, with great weather, great racing and lots of stars. The Long Beach race is a crazy atmosphere and a great time. We took tons of pictures over the weekend – on-track action, pit lane activity, fans shots, driver photos and lots more. The celebs were also in attendance, out and about throughout the week, and here’s my celebrity recap from the weekend. I probably missed someone, but I figured you would let me know. So here’s a quick recap.

Musician/Producer David Foster and his foundation were involved at the Long Beach GP with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and Hideki Mutoh’s IndyCar. Check out the pic below.

The David Foster Foundation involved at Long Beach

The David Foster Foundation involved at Long Beach

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