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Digital illustration

Digital Illustration is becoming a real obsession for almost all of you and I can understand it. Everyone of us would be very happy to make one like this Fighter done by Paperblue and published on

The thing that I have hard time to understand is: why do you try to do such difficult illustration using your pc or tablette before you learn how to sketch, color theory and rendering techniques?

Often I receive minibooks of students asking me for a feedback and very often I find many digital illustration samples which do not have the right quality and most of all they are lacking in drawing and composition basic rules. This is a sign of wasting our time before using our time to learn first how to draw and how we organize a subject that later on we will render to make an amazing work of it!

So advice to all of you: be a master with your hands, pencils, colors, papers and only after try to learn how to render such master piece. A great rendering is made of:

-composition layout
-color choice
-media techniques
-focal point

Learn how to do this with your pencils canvas and guache or oil colors, use brushes. It is only after this step that you have all the rights to try on you PC or tablette with a nice digital software.


More digital illustrations here click: digital world!

Design Education

Canson paper technique for car sketches and illustrations

Today I would like to talk a bit about an old but still strong rendering technique: The Canson Paper Technique.

The idea is to illustrate and color anything (cars as well as products or architecture) using as primary color base the Canson paper color. So we choose a medium cold gray or a bleu or tuscan red color paper named Canson and after we apply our light line drawing of our subject.

Later on we use a super dark cool gray marker (like a N° 8 or 9) and we color shadows. After this step we have 2 choices to move on:

1. we use color chalks (pastels) – Light Cream + a close darker color of our base paper color for darker areas.
2. we use color pencils soft type like Prismacolor and we will use the White for all light reflections and some Black – and a darker color than our paper color to make darker areas of our subjects

Once we finish our illustration we will use a White Guache for highlights (we can mix the White Guache with a bit of our chalk color if we want).

At the end we finish working again a bit our original linedrawing using White soft pencil for the highlighted areas (whe the light is hitting our subject) and the dark black soft pencil for the area in shadow. Do not forget to use a little bit of Black marker on ground shadow and glass reflections to give better depth to the all illustration.

Here an example of one of my illustrations made for the Fiat Seicento project.

More samples here click: Canson Paper renderings!

Here you have a nice simple tutorial click: Canson Paper Tutorial!

Try and enjoy!

Design Education

Car design sketches and School Bus design sketches

I was searching around the net and found a blog with lots of School Bus design proposals and nice illustrations…objective of this blog is to submit your school bus interpretation to have it published!
So several young design students already started to send their sketches…some really super nice! Now I realized that this blog is sort of stand by…why not trying again to give it a new life with your proposals?

Check it click: School Bus design!

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Supercar design proposal by Scott Weibnicht

Scott Weibnicht is an Art Center College of Design student currently intern at the Advance design GM studio.
He recently published this Supercar sport coupé illustration on ACCD trans sketch off FB page , when I saw it I loved it at once!

This rendering has a lot to teach us:

Its Design: this topic is very subjective for me it rocks, it is new  and elegant with lots of character.

Proportions: dosed very well, long front over-hang and short rear one, low car but still believable

3D body sculpture: super nice, the inclinated center bone line gives stability and direction to the all car body while other softer surfaces give sexyness and harmony to car’s design

Body graphics: unique! New and also well coordinated with all other lines and body change

Rendering : extremely well done with a great use of warm and cool areas and a nice focal point.



Facundo Castellano Dàvila young talent!

Dear friends,

today I would like to present few works made by a young talent frome Argentina his name is Facundo Castellano Dàvila. He is a FB friend and today Car Design Insight FB page did not publish a nice sketch he sent ( I know because I am one of 3 administrators of the CDI page).

We did not publish simply because our rule is to publish only images and tutorials from professional designers or school teachers.

However, here on my private space dedicated to you, I want to publish some works from Facundo Castellano Dàvila because on his FB page there are lots of excellent colorful art works and car sketches…as I understand he does also some sculptures….I mean the guy is an artist that draw well about anything and has a strong passion for Car Design using mixed medias.


Figure drawing steps by FacundoCastellano Dàvila

So I invite you to visit his FB profile page…or his BLOG HERE!

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Red car sketch by Rob Jensen

Dear friends,

how many times we tried to render a black car or a red one and we discovered how difficult it is? Yes the Red and Black colors are among the most difficult to reproduce in renderings, however it is possible to do it properly giving a realistic result to our rendering.

To render a Black car we need to use : dark Purple + Indigo Blue + Orange + Black

To render a Red car we need to use : Red + Orange + Yeallow + Violet + dark Purple + Black (not too much!)

We complete with color pencils detailing, some white guache for hot spots and most of all lets not forget to use on one side the warm colors (orientation sun…) and on the opposite side the cool colors (the blue colder sky..).

The rendering  here is excellent work of Ford designer Rob Jensen who is really good in rendering techniques…so to learn from his illustrations I suggest you to read his interview and see the slideshow of his works, click: Rob Jensen’s renderings

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