How to Make a Car Model: Clay Modeling in Car Design
In car Design schools there is a course of model making which is very important to complete our car design educational course. To be able to model with our hands our own design is the best thing we could do to learn about car design.
In design studios there are several designers (not too many) whom did not have the opportunity to learn how to use model making tools to work with wood, clay, resin, paint, bondo, and transfer their own design's sections on a clay buck to turn it into a good looking car model. This step is very important because helps us to understand how to convert the 2D phase into a 3D and more complex one. So, those designers have some problems in judging volumes and proportions on a real model, at the same time they will have the same problem in judging a digital model on an Alias computer.
My message of today to all young students reading this hub is: be serious on your models, learn well how to make a good model using all materials availables. Most important is to use the Clay, learn the technique starting by its application on a buck (structure made of wood and white light polystirene) and later with the application of your design sections (YO center line, a plan section plus 3 or 4 X sections). The following step is the best one, it is the real modelling of your car surfaces and proportions with insertions of fine details.
When we are finished with our sections we can start using clay tools to really model the main volume using the sections as reference. The volume we will get it is just our sketch clay model with which we check proportions and main lines (roof line, belt line, center line balance...), now with our clay tools and some 4mm black flexible tape we can apply our design.
Our color sketches in all views will help to get the wanted design but most of all the same feeling of our sketches, we can retrace lines on our clay surface to make correction and quickly clean up the surface with our clay tools.
When we think it is done we can just close our eyes (this is not a joke!) put our hands on our clay model and "feel" surfaces and intersections to check harmony and surfaces quality.
Now we can apply all necessary details.
When you will start spraying your favourite paint with your personal spraygun you will have an incredible experience! Your baby is born, reflecting yourself in that model will bring life to it.
This will help you to be formed as a good starting professional designer and will make your life , in design studios, a lot easier!
Watch the video to better understand what I wrote.