Journal

Scale up!

On March 29, 2019, I had one of the greatest days of my design career. Sketching cars next to one of my design heroes, Michael DiTullo!

After hours sketching with Old School Car Class, captured by Mike Herbert

After hours sketching with Old School Car Class, captured by Mike Herbert

There’s a few things about this photo:

  1. I was sketching automotive ideas from my mind. Prior to this, I was mostly all about sketching from references because I was still trying to build a mental automotive library. When I tried to do something unique, I was always so so dissatisfied and just went back to working from references - aka my comfort zone. So what changed this?

  2. I scaled up to bigger and longer paper. I started class off on 8.5”x11” and wasn’t really feeling it during the first hour. My pencil sketches kept feeling very “warming up” and restricted. After seeing how Michael and Cliff were going through pages of this long, transportation-design ratio paper, I felt inspired to try it out! So, I got my red markers and threw down some loooooong lines that utilize the entire range of motion from my arm. Then, detailed them into a car! It felt like a work-out. 10/10 would sketch-out again!

  3. For a good hour, I was sketching beside the designer I’ve been inspired by since I started college! Really, I never could have predicted this. I met Michael previously at a conference last year and saw him sketching cars, but at the time I had no clue how to do that and was too shy to join. He’s based in California, so when I saw that he was in Chicago this March, I invited him to come sketch with us at car class. I knew he was busy and that there was a low chance, but I figured I’d ask anyway, and he came to class! Lesson: Notice the opportunities that are in front of you and make something out of it.

9PM critique explaining my design decisions and sketching technique. Full house!

9PM critique explaining my design decisions and sketching technique. Full house!

I love how there was so much energy on a Friday evening. Everyone is coming from a hard week of work and hanging out to sketch cars. I always love seeing our work on the walls. It feel like design school and everyone that came that night was so supportive of each other.

This was probably the best pay-off in a car sketching session that I’ve had in a while. Breaking out of comfort zones helped a lot. Also, before class, we had Dark Matter coffee and conversations about AI and design. Definitely surround yourself with inspired people as much as you can! It can be quite infectious. :) Drop me a line if you’d like to sketch over coffee!