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Free-hand Sketching is Important!

Sketching free-hand showing excellent skills & talent is extremely important to be a designer.

In a Design Process, to develop a project, sketching is the first important step to make, drawing on paper our ideas (ideation stage or brainstorming step) will give any designer a passional and fun way to look for ideas and also to do it in a more efficient way in terms of timing. If we know how to draw it will be easier to see on paper our ideas.

Any project has its Design Process and Design Planning (how long will it take to make the project according to company’s time to market plan); to perform correctly every step of this process has a given time that we (designers) must respect.

You understand that if you do not sketch well or think that you can easily jump steps to go directly to sketch modeling you are making a big mistake! The reason is simple: it will take you a lot longer to respect the Design Process Timing (specially in Car Design).

 

 

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What Age to Get into Car Designers’ Market? Some Tips.

The Car designers’ market changed a lot in the last 20 years thanks to many new design schools popping out as mushrooms around the world. How this is affecting the car designer market?

It is clear that today the hiring age is lower than some years ago. A young designer out of school is hired at the age of 21/23 years old, this is the reason why the age factor is very important to get into a car design studio. Naturally a real talent will always have his/her chance even if older…but it remains an exception.

Check my ebook about Car Designer Career & Management (click)

Car Designer, some tips for you by Luciano Bove

Car Designer, some tips for you by Luciano Bove

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Car Illustration in Photoshop Tutorial by Alan Derosier

Alain Derosier is a French young designer working in China. Today looking at his blog I found this nice Photoshop tutorial that I am happy to publish here to show it to you.

As you can see Alan starts from a free-hand simple sketch that already has the right proportions, perspective, line quality and composition on the page. The wheels are very well done following the perspective.

What really is strong in this illustration is the control of its Focal Point (front wheel/hood/ground) with the light effect which is driving our attention to it first before admiring the rest of the illustration. Reading from left to right.

The balance between the light and shadow is perfect and the color treatment, too.

Enjoy!

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Car Design Sketching Tips 2 by Luciano Bove

Car Design Sketching Tips e-book comes to its second year with a new edition the N°2 and some new sections like:

  • Wheels in perspective
  • Composition on page
  • Backgrounds
  • Interior car sketching how to start
  • New tutorial & illustrations by designer Michele Leonello (SPD teacher in Milan and freelancer designer)
  • New illustrations by designer Riccardo Cascone (Renault Design India designer)

10 extra pages compared to the first edition.

It is always intended to be your reference guide to have at home or on your PC. Every time you have a doubt about a perspective, line quality or about your background you can check how to do it even if your teacher is not next to you.

I hope it can help you!

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Drawing well cars or products is first step for a good portfolio

I did not know if to write again about “drawing correctly cars, products or whatever you prefer” because it might look like I am repeating myself here.

However, recently I visited two important design schools (Russia and Italy) and I saw final portfolios and projects just before diplomas and bachelors have been given to those graduating students. I also saw few works from other schools (mainly Italians) on Facebook. Again final graduating presentations.

I have to admit that all presentations have been well organized by those schools, you can find online several nice pictures and videos.

What about the content?

Since I believe the content (what and how you developed your projects) is more important than “all flashes and lights” of a final graduating presentation and party…I payed good attention to those portfolios’ content.

-student skills

-student creativity

-student final design oral presentation

-student overall portfolio organization

Those are my main 4 key elements I look at to understand if a graduating student is ready to postulate for a designer job vacancy.

Now, I chose Driven Mavens’ car sketch on top of this article because it is a great example how a well constructed sketch should be at the end of any First Year design student. Believe me I saw only 2 students close to this quality after more than 50 students (between all schools I saw personally or on FB).

Too many students show, in their final portfolios, projects with big drawing mistakes which means they are missing the Basics of Drawing, I saw few with bad wheels on their car sketch perspectives (yes first year mistake when we all learned how to draw an ellipse in perspective to draw our car wheels), I saw many cars illustrations with horrible backgrounds (the subject is overpowered by its background done of course with the magic Photoshop, next time better learn how to place a background first to give value to your subject on paper). I have heard lots of “this is my style”, “This is my personal logo”, “No I do not know how long is my car”, “you right my perspective is not correct”…

Portfolio Creativity

The last thing is a bit embarrassing for me is: the expressed creativity.

Most of projects I saw were a mix salad of what we saw already during last two years of car shows. I still see projects that show a nice restyling execution rather than a new design proposal. When some showed a real super creative project it was about a huge vehicle with no wheel but only for two people (?!?), super aero but intended for city use (?!?).

Is out there a lack of creativity? Is there some light selections operated by some of those design schools?

It would be too easy to accuse the students of not performing as they should have done (of course they do have their faults). However my attention goes to “how some design schools organize and manage this business”. Do you want to help young talents to become great talents and get a job in one of the most complicated and closed professional environment?

Make a strict entry selection! Ask your department Chair to perform, Ask your teachers to do their job or change them!

 

 

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