car design process sketches

I created this image board quickly to explain the design process to my students (vehicle design students, who are currently aiming for stage 3). Using excellent press released images of the CX-17 concept design, from the Jaguar design studio, we can see the stages of sketch and design development quite clearly. These are genuine drawings from before the car was created in 3 dimensions. Often released design renderings are created in post, from photography of the clay or even final production 3D models. Many thanks to Jaguar Design for making these available. 

Yes.. I know that the CX-17 was a “concept” car, but the F-Pace production version is unlikely to differ much from this image.

Despite the Mirai… Toyota do have talented designers.

Watch professional car designer Ian Cartabiano create and destroy his ultimate sports car in five minutes from his studio located at Toyota’s Calty Design Research Incorporated in Southern California.

Thanks to Car & Driver for the video.

always be sketching

These wonderful archive drawings, from the design process of the 1973 Pontiac Grand-Am, show just how little the car design process has changed and also reveals the art that was traditionally kept secret. The information age that we now live in means it’s much more common to see design drawings in press released information. The art of automotive design drawing really has a unique aesthetic of it’s own, with perhaps a slight US vs Europe variation. US designs still follow the gloss airbrush style, while Europe was the land of product designers and their Cool Grey blocking markers. There was and always will be crossover though- as one of these Pontiac marker sketches shows.

Hit the link under the image, for the full gallery thanks to Dean’s Garage.

thanks to deansgarage.com
Early ’70s rendering of the ’73 GTO/Grand Am by Geza Loczi

deansgarage.com  73-gto/grand-am-renderings