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Car Design Sketches.

Updated on January 25, 2017
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Luciano Bove is a car design manager working at Renault Design, born in Italy he studied at Art Center College of Design in California.

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Design sketching

Often I visit Art Design Schools, Industrial Design Schools, Art Colleges, and several times I find interesting illustrations but poor sketches and many times few design projects or art students with a good sketch book. In car design training it is a must to learn how to sketch well in order to get all the techniques and the self confidence to move over in the experience and be betwenn the first in design classes. Unfortunately, lately and mostly in Europe, design students do not pay too much attention to this aspect for their career training. I remember that ,when I was a student at Art Center College of Design, to have a sketch book was a must starting the very first day. Even if it was difficult for me at the beginning with time I got better to the point of earning that important self confidence that gives you the real feeling you can draw about anything therefore cars,too.

Some sketches

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Top Design Schools

Pforzheim University of Applied Science, Art Center College of Design, UMEA University Sweden, CCS Detroit, Royal College College of Art, IAAD Turin are some of the top Design schools where it is mandatory to start learning by drawing and sketching and by having a sketch book to feed regularly. The sketch book is periodicly checked by instructors and it is part of final evaluation, in this way the design student gets into a strict method which gives him the opportunity to learn discipline and how to get better and improve his/her skills.

A car sketch is not an easy task to accomplish, if you do not know how to draw a cube with his shadows perspective and chiaro-scuro you probably will never arrive to produce a professional convincing car sketch. Industrial Design schools should always force student to produce a lot of sketches and mostly force them to re-do every time, it is necessary to learm from mistakes. To re-do a sketch often provokes a sort of technical memory in the student's head which will prevent him to remake the same error again. This is one of the basic rules for a correct Car Design Training, however it can be applied to all art and design trainings and in every art design school, industrial design schools and Transportation Design schools.

Some sketches

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Sketching in Side View

Conclusion

My strong suggestion to all art and design students or amateurs of any type of art design school is to sketch sketch sketch. Do you want to be the best? Sketch it. Do you want to learn seriously to draw from a TV set to a complex car interior? Sketch it. Do you want to learn how to do Figure drawing? Sketch it. Mileage is the key, don't think that few sketches and a final rendering is good for your homework, please do not get this attitude because you'll go nowhere. Be demanding, be serious study well drawing basics, train yourself, forget feeling too tired to continue. It is not just a job, it is about your passion and future, then try always to become the best because competition out there is very high and no matter how good looking will be your digital Photoshop illustration if the perspective and the base sketch is not at the right level!

Sketch it! Have always with you your sketch book it will become soon your best friend.

Sketch by Victor Uribe

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      Luciano Bove 8 months ago from Paris

      Thank you!

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      Damian 8 months ago

      You have a great films , thanks to you i can learn somethink because in our country we dont have school with design a cars.

      I'm your fan :)

      Thanks Again.

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      Luciano Bove 3 years ago from Paris

      You find it searching on internet...I'll check my mail!

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      Prathamesh Patil 3 years ago

      Very nice post Luciano!

      Is there any link to sketching in 3D like they show in photographs of cars?

      I believe that you can render good only when u can sketch good!

      I have sent u a photo of my sketch on ur email please suggest me something to improve my sketches!!!

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      hamid79 5 years ago from Bloemfontein South Africa

      This is exillerating It motivates me every day evenwhen i'm damn bored CAR DESIGN is the FUTURE

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      Luciano Bove 5 years ago from Paris

      Great comment Adam! Thanks.

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      Adam Gompertz 5 years ago

      Great article. Often we can be in such a rush to get onto the computer, and ignore the sketchbook. It is easy to think that a programme like photoshop will correct bad sketching, but it is not the case. Some of the best student work I have seen were the thumbnail sketches in a sketch book; a joy to look at. The process of arriving at a final idea can be as interesting as the final idea itself.

      Some students have asked me which type of computer they should get when starting their design studies. I answer that a pen, sketchbook and a cool grey marker are the first things on any shopping list.

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      Thebe Monye 6 years ago

      I Will do so

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      Luciano Bove 6 years ago from Paris

      Thank you Monye! Keep following and check out my personal blog too! Car Design Education Tips

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      Thebe Monye 6 years ago

      Bestest post, i love sketching, i am matriculating this year but its hard to get a good resourced school here in South Africa. I just need good assistance. Drawing cars is my passion, i stil have to learn how to draw nd render with softwares but i need support.

      Your posts always motivate me, i learn some skills from them. Thanks Luciano!

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      Samir Wanzara 7 years ago

      the above sketches and rendered outstanding.

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      Luciano Bove 7 years ago from Paris

      Hey Robx I'll write a hub on it promise! thanks for passing by.

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      Robx10x12  7 years ago

      would it be possible if you could give me a description of a day in the life of your job?

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      Luciano Bove 7 years ago from Paris

      Hi thanks for your question, I started in Art Center in Pasadena and I discovered a new world in art and design teaching method. Very good but a lot of work and discipline...it becomes like a sort of mission.

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      sasuke7s8s 7 years ago from Riverside

      Those are really good. Where did you get your most experience from when it comes to sketching and drawing?

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      Luciano Bove 7 years ago from Paris

      Thanks Nikki1!

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      nikki1 7 years ago

      awesome drawings, very informative.

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      Luciano Bove 7 years ago from Paris

      Thanks for reading.

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      Mr. Spatrisano 7 years ago from Michigan

      Excellent post!

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      Luciano Bove 7 years ago from Paris

      Thanks Daney!

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      daney Chhang 7 years ago

      Great post as always. I agree, Sketching is an import skill to have. When Luciano says sketch he means SKETCH! You should practice sketching 200 sketches a day and that is the minimum too.

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      daney Chhang 7 years ago

      Great post as always. I agree, Sketching is an import skill to have. When Luciano says sketch he means SKETCH! You should practice sketching 200 sketches a day and that is the minimum too.

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      Luciano Bove 7 years ago from Paris

      Thanks Funkyflex, I checked out your blog not bad at all:)

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      Fred 7 years ago

      Funkyflex attitude ;)

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      Luciano Bove 7 years ago from Paris

      Thanks for your comment.

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      magdielqr 7 years ago

      Thank you for this informative Hub.