Friday, February 24, 2012

Wacom Rendering Seminar at Car Styling #171, in 2006

Wacom Rendering Seminar 2006 at Car Styling U.S. site:

New Audi TT Proposal: Sketching 3/4 Views

1) Line drawing
Check whether the perspective is right. For a drawing on paper, either turn the paper over or look at it in the mirror. You can see immediately if the perspective is unnatural. For an image on the computer screen, flip the image in Photoshop (Image -> Rotate -> Flip Canvas Horizontal) to refresh your eyes.

2) Drawing the tires/wheels
Many students tend to make mistakes when drawing such cylindrical shapes as the tires/wheels, wheel openings or headlights. The ellipses for the tires/wheels have forms expressing the perspective. The major axis of the ellipse of a tire/wheel is at a right angle to the minor axis passing through the center of the wheel. In other words, the minor axis of the ellipse is on the perspective line. If the wheels are turned things become more complex (according to the suspensionÃ…fs camber angle and the towing angle), so extra care is required. In general, large wheels make sports cars look cooler, but the designer should discuss the size with the engineers at the development stage to ensure feasibility at the production stage. The diameter of the tires affects various aspects of the body design (size of the wheel openings, bulge of the fenders, etc.).

3) Motion Blur Effect and Radial Blur Effects.

4) Lighting Effect and cast Shadow on the car.
Shine a spotlight on the car to create a dramatic image. Shining the light on the part you want to stress can be effective for strengthening the sense of perspective. In Photoshop, the angle and range of
the light source, as well as the intensity, focus, gloss, material and exposure can be adjusted at Filter -> Render -> Lighting Effects.

5) Lens Flare Effect and hi-lite
It is possible to add sunlight or a backlight effect at Filter -> Render -> Lens flare. This is particularly effective for expressing shiny glass surfaces. But use this effect with moderation or it will make the shapes hard to distinguish.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Product Design 3 at ACCD

A portable battery operated TV set project on Product 3 / Prof. Youngkin's class in 1976 at ACCD. Main concept was a separation a picture tube including speaker and knobs from heavy the battery pack on chassis, so that it can be smaller and lighter to lend itself to any place easily.

This idea have been blessed by Mr. Oniki, president of Sony Amrica at that time, when I have presented my intention to him first. Then he helped me to get all mechanical components to design. Thanked for his corporations at that time.

At Art Center College of Design

In 1974 I entered the ACCD in Pasadena CA after I have graduated St.Paul Rikkyo University in business with BS.

These are marker drawing on Canson paper done in my freshman Visual Communication class, thought by Prof. Youngkin.

I remember having been praised by him, who was particularly strict on students, for the quantify and quality of sketches I reew. I have grained out 50 sketches a week by misunderstand what he said 15 sketches instead. Today I have sincerely grateful to Prof. Young kin who has passed away a couple of last years. Pray his soul may rest in peace.

The oldies

Water Color drawing I have made when I was in high school.
At that time I have being dreaming to go to Art University in Japan. But, I did not, and ending up going to the business school instead. Because my parents said "Look, Son, there'll be plenty of time for you to be an Designer", and I realized I was not ready for having professional commitments that time.

But, I believe that drawing skill have being going down the hill since then.