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The Unforgettable Syd MEAD

Yesterday 30th of December 2019 Syd Mead passed away.

Patrick Strattner Photography

It is difficult to find the right words to describe the man, the artist, the designer, the visionary talent he has been and how much he inspired all of us and still will continue to do for next generations to come.

Syd Mead was born in Minnesota on the 18th of July in 1933, he was a student of Art Center in Los Angeles (later renamed Art Center College of Design in Pasadena) where I graduated in 1959. Car designer first and visionary designer later he is most known and remembered as probably the most visionary designer whom inspired the Science Fiction movie industry in USA during the 80’s. Star Trek and Blade Runner just to name a couple of films that made us dream of a future life really different from the real one we were living at that time.

Great Video Interview made by Fireball Tim Lawrence (my ex classmate)
Syd Mead illustration

Syd Mead, since his Design Company creation in 1970, worked also for some European firms as industrial designer and visionary designer, he also gave a strong contribution to some important Japanese brands like Sony or Minolta, he contributed to some video games productions.

I met him when he came to visit our school (ACCD) during my 7th semester, he came to give a speech with many visuals and we were all completely struck by his words and images, definitively an inspiring person. After his speech he came down stage to talk to us closer and we discovered a very nice person, too. Warm, smiling and enthusiast to share his experience.

When I started to teach car design often, I would say to students: please search for this name “Syd Mead” you will find the right inspiration!

We all love his illustrations and his gouache technique, we all tried to copy it mixing the indigo blue the black the white the orange and violet for the sunset reflections, the glass reflections and the magic rule for the Warm light and Cool light, the dramatic perspective for a dynamic composition on paper. I could continue, we all learned from him to be better and more complete designers (in any field).

Syd Mead was someone with an extraordinary talent, one of a kind. He worked motivated by his strong passion for designing the unknown and he never really stopped. He inspired tons of people and still will because he is unforgettable!

Long series of Syd Mead’s illustrations

We will miss you!

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Rendering Cars as Pure Art by Chris Pinstripe

Porsche Rendering by Pinstripe Chris

Porsche Rendering by Pinstripe Chris

Chris Pinstripe is an Automotive Artist living and working in Huntington Beach California, Chris’s full-time job is to be an artist. Every day he goes to his own studio and sketches, paints, works on digital illustrations.

Very talented he is driven by his strong passion.

Here you can find more info about his beautiful works click: Pinstripe Works

If you want to check his blog click: Pinstripe’s Blog

 

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How to Draw Reflections on Car Sketches eBook

Reflections ebook

Reflections ebook

To know how to draw reflections on your car sketches & illustrations is very important. Many of you use markers and colored pencils to apply those black shapes on side windows and windshields, however many of you make several mistakes which are really visible. The secret is to understand how a reflection behaves on a surface.

Start always from Basic Shapes and study how objects placed around, those basic shapes, reflect into each one of them, there you will have the first answer about how a reflection will display itself on a given surface.

My latest eBook REFLECTIONS tries to help with simple explanations and tutorials thanks also to Hakan Saracoglu’s car sketches donated to make this ebook a better one.

( Hakan Design Director at Chery Motors and ex student of mine at Art Center Europe back in 1992.)

If you want to check this ebook please click: REFLECTIONS by Luciano Bove

Thank you!

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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 Sketch tutorial using markers basic rules

Many of you are asking me how to use markers on a simple line work sketch to start quickly understand your car sketch shapes and volumes. I have decided to make this simple 2 pages tutorial, with written indications, to make clear few key points to start correctly and they are:

1 Side V. Perspective – you wheels are circles or 90° ellipses with minor axes to Infinite

2 Do not forget to sketch your Center Line for good balance in perspective

3 Draw your reflection lines (later we will fill them with markers

4 I drew a Cylinder (side of your car) & a Cone (for your windshield volume)

5 Draw well your base on the ground which is your car shadow

6 Check on the upper left corner the Composition page sketch to follow

Use Black marker for Vertical Background & Car Shadow on the grand, however you will also use Black for your windshield and side glass reflections.

With a Light #1 Cold Gray Marker start your reflections area, later use a #2 Cold Gray Marker and later a #3 Cold Gray Marker. With those three markers you will create a blending degraded from darker Gray to lighter Gray. The top of your car and all surfaces facing the sky they will be ultra light because of sun light.

That is it! Check my drawing with markers and try to do the same as much as you can.

 

Luciano-Bove-car-Sketch-tutorial

Car Sketch using Markers basic rules

Enjoy!

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Sketching a Car Interior by Acadesign

Sketching Car Interiors is not an easy thing to do, compared to exterior sketching interiors are more complicated. The relationship between empty and full spaces is completely different, for beginners I suggest the “BOX” method.

You sketch a box in the right proportions and later start sketching the interior of that box so it will be easier to manage all interior elements to draw (dash board, consoles, door panels at so on…).

Here a great video that shows well how to do!

Enjoy.

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