This collection of car drawings made by Czech artist Vaclav Zapadlik. Most of Zapadlik’s works are of scenes from the Golden Age of motorsports and show images of intense interest or action that capture more detail than larger works by other artists.
Born in 1943 behind the foreboding Iron Curtain. Self-taught and self-disciplined he achieved extremely high level of portraying cars from all viewpoints. Hired as an automotive draftsman, his works were technically brilliant but it lacked emotions, feeling of action. Cars poses were cold and lifeless, just as the political climate in which these drawings were created.
Most of you have seen a movie called “Tron:Legacy” and who can forget these futuristic and really cool lightcycles, but do you know who designed it? Automotive/Concept designer Daniel Simon is behind this new motorcycle icon.
His sketching style is light and sophisticated. You can tell by looking at a sketch that the designer knows all “the right” angles to show a product he is sketching. His sketches look effortless, but behind these neat and straight lines hides a lot of hard work and long practice hours.
Who is Daniel Simon?
Daniel Simon is a concept designer, author and producer, with professional roots as a Senior Designer at Bugatti and Volkswagen. Clients include Warner Brothers, Universal, Disney, Lotus, Puma or DKNY. Simon focuses his acclaimed style on Hollywood blockbuster films like Tron Legacy and own intellectual properties. Read more about him here.
Here are some of the sketches he has created for various projects.
1. How to become a designer?
“The safe way is to draw and create every day, and to sharpen three dimensional understanding by studying objects and nature. Study tutorials, create your own blog or submit your work to forums and contests. Feedback will help you to improve and it may lead to the education and contacts you seek.”
2. What advise do you give a young designer?
“Be obsessed with what you do. Work every day on something. Read – I learned more about design through reading then through looking at pictures. Don’t feel bad copying at first, you will find your own style over time. Share your ideas constantly, which is good training for later pitches.”
“And don’t give up – it takes a very long time to get get paid for what you like to do.”
3. What software do you use?
“3D nurbs modeling: Autodesk Alias Automotive 2012 ++++ 3D complex render scenes & pipeline: Autodesk Maya 2012, Mental Ray ++++ 3D rendering and turntables: Bunkspeed Pro ++++ 2D image manipulation & mapping: Adobe Photoshop CS4 ++++ 2D photography: Adoble Lightroom ++++ 2D film editing: Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects”.
Designer Daniel Simon talks about designing the iconic Lightcycles for Tron: Legacy
Every year people create products, sculptures and multiple things that are either forgotten with time or remembered and appreciated.
History of design shows how ideas, concepts and inspirations changes over decades and how it influences designers who create things and spaces we live in.
Are you aware about designers who influenced 60s playful forms or who designed a light bulb? Take a look at these informative videos and useful links.
While I am still learning and practicing sketching by myself, I usually look at other designer drawings to learn their sketching techniques, composition so that I could develop my own style and technique.
Today I wanted to show you sketches by John Fenno. I like his sketches and think that they are neat and sophisticated.
His objective is “To positively influence the lives of people through extraordinary, cost-effective, well-rounded design.”
Take a look at this interesting video where John Fenno shows a whole process of portable boat development.