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Portfolio: example of a good presentation concept

Speaking about Portfolio’s organization I publish today a wonderful image by Woo Kim’s project to show how we could prepare and organize a professional concept presentation.

  1. Composition on page
  2. Background color & page graphics
  3. Subject positioning
  4. Perspectives and depth
  5. Rendering choice

So look at it carefully thinking about these 5 key elements and try on your own!


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Car Design sketches from 50’s & late 60’s – The American Dream

Dear friends,

it is important to give a look at what happened back in the 50’s & 60’s in terms of Car Design creativity.
Here a car sketch by Loewy of the Avanti 1963, this project was done in a short time and with a very young designers team led by John Ebstein.

Coupe design from Art Center by Ken Vendley, c.1959 Image via
This Coupé by Ken Vendley 1959 shows how at that time designers were looking at the future. In their techniques we see the old way of sketching done with pencils markers color paper and lots of skills and talent.
Harry Bradley sketch 1968 for Motor Trend image via
Harry Bradley’s sketch (1968) is excellent, Harry has been my teacher at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and I still remember his demos and tutorials done with a 2H pencil.
Talent & Creativity.
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Alpine car sketch by Deyan Denkov

Dear friends,

Alpine is back! All of you (I hope)
saw photos of the car with its excellent design made by Alpine designers
team headed by Antoine Villain design director and of course Laurens
van der Acker our Renault Groupe VP Design.

Here a beautiful illustration by Deyan Denkov Renault Alpine designer. (here all Alpine sketches)

The question is: why does it look so good?

4 positive things about this illustration:

1 It is simple
2 Perfect perspective and great composition on page
3 The shading is light but it shows well the body volumes and shapes
4 Its linework is just perfect.

all beginners follow these 4 key elements instead of overcharging your
sketches or illustration, you will see the difference 😉

If you need a sketching reference guide click here and check out “Car Design Sketching Tips”!

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The importance of Illustration in Car Design Education

Dear friends,

recently I published on my FB page this old illustration I made while at Art Center College of Design. It was done for my Illustration course, a photo realism using gouache colors and brashes.

Several great comments about this work and I am happy about it, thank you!

Why was that Illustration course so important at school? I tell you why : with those exercises we learned about colors, tones, values, gray scales, cool and warm grays, composition on page, focal point, how to master highlights, how to work on details, how to reproduce reflections of background modifying slightly the colors to make them look real.

It took me about 40 hours to do it before presentation, it was not the best of the class because other classmates did even better.

You should all go through an exercise like this one before using colors on Photoshop because I believe it is the only way in school to get into colors’ world to understand and master it.


Would you like to learn how to sketch cars from basics? Click and check my Ebook!

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Line Weight sketching technique by Scott Robertson

Dear friends,

I already wrote about the importance of “line-weight quality ” for your sketches and I see many of you starting to give importance to this aspect of sketching to improve your skills and work quality.

Now our friend Scott Robertson just published a video to explane super well the Line Weight technique with samples drawing in front of the camera and talking to us.

Scott’s lecture is clear simple and of high quality thanks to his tutorial, I suggest to all of you to check the video by clicking: Line Weight lecture by Scott Robertson!


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