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Car Sketch Marker Tutorial by Michele Leonello

Step by Step Tutorial by Michele Leonello

Step by Step Tutorial by Michele Leonello

Michele Leonello is an expert Car Designer (former Alfa Romeo designer) and also one of best SPD Design school teachers in Milano Italy.

Michele made this great step by step marker car sketch tutorial to clearly explain his own technique and methodology, so here I am presenting it to you because it might be useful to understand and of course exercise!

Visit Michele Leonello website here!

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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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Lada XCODE concept sketches by Raphael Linari

The new Lada X-CODE concept came out and some of the original sketches have been released to the Press.

I wanted to show this one in particular because of its excellent quality, the author of these sketches is car designer, and Lada Design studio Chief in Moscow, Raphael Linari.

Raphael is an ex student of mine during my teaching in Torino before going to France, and I kept a beautiful souvenir of Raphael’s school time because of his talent and most of all his deep dedication in accomplishing his mission to become a car designer.

He made quickly great progress and got his first internship at Ford in Germany,once he graduated it was easy for him to find a job. After many years we became colleagues in Renault, small world!

Today Raphael is the Lada Studio Design Chief in Moscow and works with  design director Steve Mattin.

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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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I want you to be a winner!

Yes it is exactly what I mean I want you to be a winner, I am asking you to excel in what you do.

Let’s make it clear, I am not asking this to you to force you to get good notes at school or on your projects…not at all! I am asking it because you can think about it. How important it is to try to be the best, to give all you have inside to be better at what you do, for example in sketching or presenting your projects. How important it is not to give up. How much space you have available to keep progressing.

Believe in yourself, even if honestly you know you are not yet ready for a higher level; however, work on yourself to accomplish the mission to make that extra step. Work on yourself to keep concentration and energy on the right track. Discipline and dedication, give yourself a sort of improvement plan (at school at life whatever…), what type of priorities should you set? Come on, you know in what you are weak just be honest with yourself.

Exercise to improve, at what? You know! Is it sketching, line-quality, the perspective, how you use and blend markers…? Is it your attitude? I do not know, but you do! So do it!

Do it! Try to be a winner, use your brain and concentrate all positive energy to be better.

Recently many of you out there sent me portfolios and sketches with some evident mistakes, but you were happy about it and you asked me to confirm that to you …those sketches are not bad! Well done keep going…This is what you wanted me to tell you! And this is the reason I think a part of you is still in an average mode!

Do not be on an average mode, try to stand out from crowds, do not be satisfied too fast with your work. You might have done nice sketches, but hey you are still presenting a sketch with some mistakes in it… did you check it before sending it? Did you correct it before sending it? How critical have you been with yourself? How demanding? And what about your portfolio?

I want you to be a winner, start acting to become one!

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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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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!

Luciano

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