разведчик
       
     
Imperial Akwa Wedge Attak Vessel
       
     
Autonomous F1. Team Modena-Cyber representin'
       
     
syklopeus
       
     
Commuter Jet
       
     
Kaneda SB Neo-Tokyo Aerodeck
       
     
Ghat truk
       
     
Salt Byker
       
     
Desmodueller
       
     
Lorin Wood Sketch Swap
       
     
Pharite Coupe
       
     
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Civic, 10 Generations Mural
       
     
Autonomous F1 Koncept II
       
     
Dragonaut
       
     
Nytewatch
       
     
Sketch Swap II, Vaughan Ling Lines
       
     
GP Tens: Brickhouse Special
       
     
GP Tens: Jesperson Superflivver
       
     
GP Tens: La Victoire Totale "Lupin"
       
     
Military Truk
       
     
Ralimorphotik
       
     
Claret Baron
       
     
Honda RA303
       
     
Concept Design Academy in-class demo
       
     
Megafueller detonation at .25 mile
       
     
F1 Hoverkraft
       
     
Spacesheeps
       
     
Bad Penny
       
     
разведчик
       
     
разведчик

Siberian enclosed cockpit concept FWTV (frigid weather terrain vehicle). Scout in a moonlit clearing, remnants of a recent skirmish. 

Imperial Akwa Wedge Attak Vessel
       
     
Imperial Akwa Wedge Attak Vessel

Slab surfaced marine intercept vessel. Ion drive engine has the juice to outpace and outmaneuver anything of its equivalent firepower. Racing stripe adds nominal performance.

Autonomous F1. Team Modena-Cyber representin'
       
     
Autonomous F1. Team Modena-Cyber representin'

Autonomous racing is going to happen. Whether or not the public will take interest is still to be seen. In any case, it's an opportunity to readdress rules and bad habits that have accumulated over the years. My fantasy take is a return to the graphic simplicity of the 1960s, before tobacco broke open the advertising floodgates that masked the shapes of the cars. Additionally, reducing aero devices clean up the car and let the software contend with skidding and difficult cornering. This project takes a view through the time wormhole and grabs box art from a model kit in the year 2048.

syklopeus
       
     
syklopeus

Four-wheel steering and independent suspension on a massive scale allow Syklopeus to trundle over giant slabs of broken lithic detritus.

Commuter Jet
       
     
Commuter Jet

My Concept Design Academy Class for Fall of 2016 is attentive and patient, so I was able to walk them through the entire process of a finished color illustration. Usually I have to rush through fundamentals and end up with a rough, due to time, but it was nice to present the entire process for once. Design took place "on the fly" with the focus being a discussion of using reference for color. 

Kaneda SB Neo-Tokyo Aerodeck
       
     
Kaneda SB Neo-Tokyo Aerodeck

With Tetsuo defeated and the threat of rival gang negated, Kaneda enjoys a period of stability and peace in Neo-Tokyo and finishes his garage project. After all, the bike gets a little tiring to drive, and it's nice to be able to pop a cassette into the tape deck and blast some tunes while laying down a black rubber trail across the Eshima Ohashi bridge at 207.5 kph.

Ghat truk
       
     
Ghat truk

At dusk, in a light toxic mist, a metallic avalanche rumble of four giant tracks propel a self-levelling payload. Protective autonomous drones buzz like flies around hundreds of tons of valuable cargo from one population center to another across a dry sea bed.

Salt Byker
       
     
Salt Byker

Class winner in the EE 3892 Auon Surface Runs. The Empire's best pilot met with its best equipment, a highly modified version of the standard scout 74-Z. Aratech Repulsor Company used some of the innovative technonlogy tested on the race course in later versions of the mass produced bike.

Desmodueller
       
     
Desmodueller

In the interest of doing an about face of sorts in redesigning this iconic vehicle for a certain desmodus-man, I returned to a more comic-book approach. More style, less bare functionality. Back when the cape was just a cape, not a kevlar reinforced protective shield. There was the inner conflict that always existed with this character that was apparent, but what about the struggle of trying to be stealthy versus the need to be expressive and needing attention? In this design, it's more about expressive impact than functional stealth.

 

Lorin Wood Sketch Swap
       
     
Lorin Wood Sketch Swap

Hopefully, this will continue, what a great idea! It started with Vaughan Ling and Christian Pearce trading line drawings to render, then Michael Kus and Lorin Wood. Now I get to participate, starting with a sketch swap with Lorin Wood! Here, Lorin's lines, then my color work.

Pharite Coupe
       
     
Pharite Coupe

I wanted to push the proportions, making the steam-powerplant look heavy and massive compared to the car, implying a locomotive. Visibility around the power bulge was negligible to the point where I decided that the driver would use VR goggles instead of a window in the final design. Defensive hardware installed.

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Civic, 10 Generations Mural
       
     
Civic, 10 Generations Mural

Mural on display at Honda HQ in Tokyo. A long term personal project shared originally with the 10th generation development team.

Autonomous F1 Koncept II
       
     
Autonomous F1 Koncept II

FIA standardized sensor head with minimized downforce surfaces for enhanced action and somewhat nostalgic simplified monocoque form.

Dragonaut
       
     
Dragonaut

In a similar vein to 1960's Ed Roth space-rods, this is my modern take on a genre of customs that could sure use a revival. There's not enough forward looking in rodding, and while this one is retro, it also looks ahead and adds to the aesthetic dictionary. Color scheme of the illo was inspired by 1960's model kit box art.

Nytewatch
       
     
Nytewatch

A near space transport ship launches over a pre-dawn Arabian desert scene while two mech field engineers take a break from re-lubing an autonomous surveyor bipedal drone.

 

Given the theme, "Desert Future Truck," by the Agorapode sketch competition committee, I thumbnailed out dozens of ideas and possible directions. At the same time I am considering design, I am thinking about the composition and scene presented in the eventual final illustration. What is this definition of "desert?" Where is it? The original idea was a North American "Western" scene with a tall, lumbering truck with a mass metaphor referencing a 19th Century steam locomotive. Through various iterations over a course of a week and a half, the setting concept evolved. the logic of the design being something akin to a Lamboghini Cheetah for the next century, where Gandini-esque angles meet military contracted functional design. To rough out the complete scene, I added a large mech, Bedu tent and maintenance arm in the background. The sketch was roughed over with general tones and values for daytime desert. When I went to full resolution, midway through, I decided to do pre-dawn lighting.

Sketch Swap II, Vaughan Ling Lines
       
     
Sketch Swap II, Vaughan Ling Lines

Got a great ship design from Vaughan Ling to take a shot at rendering up in color.

GP Tens: Brickhouse Special
       
     
GP Tens: Brickhouse Special


In one branch of dimensional world history, there was no assassination attempt on Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and as a result, things just settled down in Europe and racing flourished during the second decade of the 20th century. GP Tens, a formula libre brought together the best automotive and aeronautical engineers of the day for insane competition where innovation was the key to winning. William F. Brickhouse, founder of Brickhouse Mining and Medical had the 17 liter V6 built for the 1915 GP Tens Cup race in Pennsylvania. Brickhouse managed third place at the Uniontown board track. In 1916, William's brother, Franklin L. Brickhouse had the car shipped to England where he intended to run at Brooklands, but the steamship rolled over in a storm and sank to the bottom of the North Atlantic. The floatation shipping crate that Franklin had designed as insurance for such an event broke loose as designed, but the crew had survival on their minds, not keeping tabs on the loose cargo. The car was never seen again. The Brickhouse brothers moved on and had success with the 1917 Brickhouse Speedliner, nearly winning the GP Tens Cup that year.
 

GP Tens: Jesperson Superflivver
       
     
GP Tens: Jesperson Superflivver

Trouser magnate Samuel T.Y. Jesperson entered the 1917 GP Tens Cup with a unique chassis built around a Brickhouse parallel straight bank 8. A crowd favorite at Jesperson's home track debut in Dayton, Ohio, the "Superflivver" failed to deliver the goods, dropping two laps to the leader in the first ten. Throughout the season, Team Jesperson managed to chase out some chassis issues that plagued the handling performance, and coaxed an additional 7 bhp out of the 18 liter engine and had a solid points finish by the end of the season, despite not winning a single podium. The car was put in storage immediately at the close of the season in anticipation of running in 1918, but Jesperson contracted typhoid while on vacation in French-Indochina that winter. The car was unearthed from the coach house of the Jesperson estate in 1952 by the great-nephew of S. Jesperson and is in preserved, but unrestored condition, permanently displayed at the GP Tens Museum in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

GP Tens: La Victoire Totale "Lupin"
       
     
GP Tens: La Victoire Totale "Lupin"

La Victoire Totale. Shakedown, Pendine Sands, Carmarthen, 1917. Archie Leabo, pilot.

Military Truk
       
     
Military Truk

A work in progress, finished enough to find a spot in this feed.

Ralimorphotik
       
     
Ralimorphotik

Looking into the future, one-hundred and fifty years from now, the Twenty-Second Century, racing will certainly evolve with technology. One of the exciting technologies that may develop into fantastic implementation is fluid objects and materials- parts of a vehicle that can change form and take on different properties. The tires themselves may seamlessly blend into the underside of the car as it takes to flight on jumps, as a ski-jumper would find the best form to pass-through the air. Quantum locking aerodynamic surfaces might not need to be attached with airflow disturbing struts, but will seem to hover without support, and yet still transmit the needed downforce to the car chassis. Where will the driver be? Is there a human driver? Safety will render clear windows obsolete, especially when more sponsorship real-estate is provided.

Claret Baron
       
     
Claret Baron

I did this kind of mass balance for a bathyscaphe design, for some reason my creative subconscious replayed it in aerial form. Don't analyze the technology, there's no backstory there.

Honda RA303
       
     
Honda RA303

The number sequence of each subsequent chassis design in the three-liter class ended in 1968 for Honda, who decided to focus engineering manpower and budget on the production automobile development. Another impetus was the tragic French Grand Prix in Rouen. Was next year's car on the drawing board? Was the RA303 in development during 1968? What would it have looked like? One can only guess.

Concept Design Academy in-class demo
       
     
Concept Design Academy in-class demo

Went through the sketch to rendo process with my Concept Vehicle Design class at Concept Design Academy in Pasadena with this. Ballpoint on paper initial sketch, photo with iPhone then line drawing taken into Photoshop for color and finish.

Megafueller detonation at .25 mile
       
     
Megafueller detonation at .25 mile

Neck and neck right up to the 1/4 mile when the dragster in the B-lane yawed hard toward the wall, spraying shards of gears, then acidic vaporized fuel. Acting subconsciously, the pilot squeezed the ejector handle twice which sent the car into autocorrect and got it pointed as much as was mechanically possible considering that the tires were beginning to liquify, and then the anodized crystal cockpit dome flipped over and the ejector seat sent the driver clear of the conflagration.

F1 Hoverkraft
       
     
F1 Hoverkraft

Atypical six thruster concept from Tyrell for the 2092 season in popular retro livery. At lower, closeup of camera drone.

Spacesheeps
       
     
Spacesheeps

A loose theme of racing air/spaceships of some sort as an example for my students of design process for the Concept Vehicle Design course at Concept Design Academy. Line drawing in ball point pen on 8.5x11 copy bond. Clean up and color in Photoshop.
 

Bad Penny
       
     
Bad Penny

Illo for Dwayne Vance's "Masters of The Chicken Scratch II" book. Published in 2011, coincidentally CDC Concepts produced a custom Mustang with pretty much the same graphic color breakup and name...I'm not saying they copied...but that's a heck of a coincidence.