Posts tagged Old School Car Class
Cruising to the Beach

This past Saturday was another car sketching day at OSCC — this is a car design class that’s led by automotive and industrial designers Cliff Krapfl and Mike Herbert from TEAMS Design. We studied a bit of Dusenberg history and learned how to sketch super old school. The last time I used a Higgins bottle of black ink was about 7 years ago. As to a calligraphy pen — that was probably 10 years. It was so incredibly refreshing to become acquainted with this medium again!

There were a few collages of vintage posters and photography clustered on the table. Some of the thumbnails caught my eye with their compelling storytelling. With a 11x17 sheet of paper and two hours of class left, I tried to capture what I was inspired by...

Cruising along to the beach… what a perfect contrast to the 50 degree Chicago weather ;)

Cruising along to the beach… what a perfect contrast to the 50 degree Chicago weather ;)

Flipping Cars

Around a month ago, I sketched with a few OSCC pals at TEAMS Design. There were some model cars lying around at the table. I liked the Studebaker. At that time, I was really into drawing machine guts, so I decided to flip the car onto its side and sketch it. I set a timer for 5 minutes (the grandest lie) - no pressure, just something quick to warm up.


I ended up getting really into it!

For a couple of weeks leading to this sketch, I had been doing some daily quick sketching exercises (mentioned in the previous post). I studied all sorts of photos. My intent was to sketch quicker and get better at proportions.

Sketching this flipped Challenger was my first time applying the lessons and habits from these daily exercises. I sketched my way through the car more strategically and was more aware of the lights and shadows. Some things could be better, but honestly I’m just glad I finished it within the evening.

I didn’t realize the kind of impact this kind of sketch would have on others. This sketch has come up a few times since then in conversation or through instagram attention. I guess it is uncommon to sketch a car on its side. Maybe it is a bit daunting? To tackle this topic, I saw past the mechanics and focused more on the values.

Anyway. It is hard to see where the improvement or progress is, especially when sketching and designing everyday. That is, until defining moments occur, like this sketch!