What goes into bringing a custom helmet design to life? If you’ve ever wondered this and find it fascinating to watch artists work in time-lapse video, then you’ll want to take just over 15 minutes and watch this video on AbsLee’s Arai GP 6S Metal Design Process Design and Illustration output.
Lee is an airbrush artist, illustrator and designer based in Malaysia, where she makes and documents the helmets she customizes on her YouTube channel. (She also occasionally paints other objects, but these are mostly helmets.)
Now, each artist has their own particular process, including preferred products, methods, and tools. As such, Lee’s process may not be the same as anyone else’s. However, if you like seeing someone who is undoubtedly very good at doing this job and how they do it, then you will get a lot of enjoyment out of this video, and probably his other videos as well.
As with anything that needs to be painted, the work begins with disassembly. Out comes the visor, vents and all hardware on the helmet. She stores it neatly, so it’s easy to put it back when the time comes. The vents are carefully stepped so they can be painted separately.
Next, it’s time to prep the outer shell of the helmet for painting. First comes sanding to roughen the surface, then cleaning, then priming. After that, all the really intricate parts of the process begin, as she builds the finished product layer by layer.
Through a series of intricate steps involving multiple applications of masking tape, coats of different shades of paint, X-Acto knife stencil cutouts, and careful measurement, we witness every step of the ultimate design process. I’ve watched this video twice now, and I still can’t tell you everything I saw, but I can advise you to turn on the subtitles. Although it’s largely workshop ASMR with some cleverly mixed music here and there, the subtitles are both in English and quite amusing.
This isn’t just any kind of video tutorial, but if you like watching people make art on camera, this is a must. Although Lee primarily offers her services to riders in Malaysia, her website says she will consider international commissions if time permits. We’ll include a link to his site in our sources so you can check it out if you’re interested.