Presentation in Design

Car Design

A while back we figured it would be fun to start a new category in our presentation series called ‘Design’  and so  we are kicking off  with  ‘Car Design’, where we will focus on some great tutorials and presentations. At first glance you may think what has this got to do with SketchUp ? Since we at SketchUpArtists are primarily focused on presentations and post-processing work rather than on modeling itself we thought that the following tutorials created by some of the best artists and designers in the industry would be a valuable resource for all your professional  post-processing work, regardless if you use SketchUp, draw by hand or use a combination of  different techniques.

With the help of these tutorials, some imagination and a little practice, we believe that you will be able to create great and unique personal styles of your own , or as Allan Macdonald rightly put it:  “these tutorials aim to inspire… not to instruct!”

Tutorial: Photoshop Rendering by Neil Bottrill

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Neil Bottrill, a Coventry University graduate has put together this tutorial to show his techniques for using Photoshop in order to achieve very realistic side view renderings.

Tutorial: Photoshop Rendering by Emre Husmen

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Tutorial: Trace Painting by Miles Waterhouse

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This tutorial shows how anyone can create such an artistic study of their chosen car while learning about colour, tone and possible rendering techniques at the same time.

Tutorial: Fine Art Truck Painting by Miles Waterhouse

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More awe inspiring art work and techniques from Miles.

Tutorial: Rendered Line Sketch by Miles Waterhouse

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By starting off with a simple line sketch of a car with the key forms indicated by just a few lines, Miles creates creates this amazing concept car.

Tutorial: Car Speed Painting by Miles Waterhouse

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Miles own unique speed painting technique for your car designs.

Tutorial: Quick Sketch Technique by Allan Macdonald

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Tutorial: Quick Sketch Technique by Allan Macdonald

Although we all like to see and admire well crafted illustrations, as a professional designer you will find that these constitute a small percentage of the work you will produce. As a designer your job is to create many and varied ideas in a short space of time, and to do so in a way that others can see and understand your thinking. A good sketching technique can fulfil both of these.


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Tutorial: Full-size side view rendering in Photoshop by Harald Belker

A fully rendered side view of a design is still key for showing off your design and perhaps having it selected to become the project winner and turned into a full size model. A scanned line drawing of your design is all you need to render your car in Photoshop, and make it look like the real thing.


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Tutorial: Rendering in Photoshop by Cor Steenstra

During sketch development I find that I understand what I would like to ‘sculpture’ in my design from the section lines I draw as a base, as well as from ‘leaving out’ areas. However, if you want this to come across to the people making the decisions, you need something that stands out and jumps off the wall in a presentation.

Vauxhall VX220

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Rendering Tutorial – Vauxhall VX220 by Allan Macdonald

With this tutorial I am going to guide you, stage by stage, through the methods I use to produce a rendering. I have developed this style over the past couple of years and find it the most simple and efficient way to produce a good drawing. Just remember however that there is no right or wrong way to render. This tutorial aims only to inspire… not to instruct!


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Tutorial: Rendering with Marker and Airmarker by Wayne Westerman

As a designer in the auto industry the majority of my time is spent creating and communicating innovative design ideas for the vehicles you might be driving in 3 to 5 years time. The spectrum of ideas ranges from the sculptural development of completely new exterior form languages through to technical solutions for cup holders. Having settled on the most appropriate solution it is the designer’s job to present the idea to management using simple sketches, colour renderings and digitally modified pictures.


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Quick Sketch Tutorial by John Frye

I start out with an 8.5×11″ piece of cover stock weight (takes marker well and holds up to abuse over time) recycled style paper. I buy this in large packages at the office paper supply store (much cheaper than getting a similar paper at an art store). The paper here is Neneh brand Desert Storm. I start out with an erasable blue or regular lead pencil and quickly put the idea down on paper, simultaneously considering the product I am designing, the purpose, it’s buyer, current trends, future trends, styling theme, dynamic perspective, realism versus excitement (cheating proportions) and other sketches from the project that this sketch will play off of or create new design directions.

4 Responses to “Design”

  1. akonius on November 21st, 2009 4:55 am

    …I have a feeling I’m going to be eating this new website up! SketchUp fiend here and proud to admit it – more power to SU!

  2. Seth Pendergrass on November 8th, 2010 3:51 am

    I enjoy the tutorials on car design. I plan to attend art school. I hope that my simple skills will grow with art and presenting while at school I hope the advanced direction will guide me to a great career in car design.

  3. Victor Michael Oguli on June 6th, 2013 8:47 pm

    Seen these on the car design news website nice sharing

  4. praxis studio on February 6th, 2018 9:53 am

    Wow… too good !!!

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