Thursday, October 9, 2008

Punk it up.

After the previous post I thought I should add some of my own images done with a project developed through Polygon modelling. My Thesis project. These are updated renderings from some reasonably recent experiments. I like the results and strong tech punk attitude that came through the colors.

With music it has to be my fav group over the past few years or so> TV on the Radio. Their new album is some of the freshest music I have heard in a long time and very enjoyable.
Flying Lotus is another great listen too.

Nu Wave Nuevo and the importance of the Polygon

Looking at the recent Paris Motor Show I was quite impressed with the wealth of ideas that came from it this year. In particular the array of innovation that stemmed from the interior design proposals in many concept vehicles. One area in particular was the array of complex surfacing happening within these cars. It’s almost like we are reaching Art Nuevo levels of artistic detailing again, which has come full circle from the time of streamlining principals that followed Art Nuevo and current obsessions with clean minimalist design. I feel it’s a trend that’s happening firstly from designers forever developed understanding of form and how it can be manipulated and applied. Secondly through the growing importance of computer aided design. Computer modeling programs now allow such a greater freedom to experiment in form finding, which is now partly leading to this great execution of form. In particular is the emergence of Polygon Modelling. There is a large selection of software out there that specialises in this field of modelling (Maya, Cinema 4D, 3D Studio Max) that’s usually associated with Computer animation, movie special effects and gaming. Over time as these programs get easier to use I think they could become almost the tool of choice for designers as they choose to think and work more in 3D. With the new edition of Maya 2009 it’s almost like you have a virtual ball of sculpey that you pull and push to create a form very intuitively. Where the process now is that we sketch first, render then finally model. These processes will eventually become more integrated, where you have the scenario in that you make a quick model, possibly add some quick Photoshop then present. All this can be done in a very short time frame and the form is almost fully resolved. For me the next logical step after this, would be the scenario where rapid prototype technology would be developed to a point where it is quite accessible and affordable almost to the same degree as a standard printer is these days. So instead of making a large plot of work, you simply print your new proposal. I see this as the impending future and a situation we will be looking at over the next 20 or so years. After seeing the latest concept on display at Paris maybe we got a little glimpse into what is possible for the future…

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Another Pocket Racer

Zoom! A sports shoe meets a hatch.

Inspired by pumping Plump DJ's.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Oz Face

The face of the Oz car. Maybe inspired by an angry wombat, who knows?...

Sunday, August 10, 2008


Go Australia.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Aus Car Pt.2

Here is my proposal for a next generation large saloon vehicle for Australia. I took a pragmatic outlook to the whole idea. With smaller more fuel efficient engines proposed to be in use the cabin area could be pushed forward. No more gaps between front wheel and cabin area for Rear Wheel Drive proportion. So you have the feeling of a more practical package, especially with the use of a coupe, short rear overhang approach. Graphically I wanted a muscular appearance with pronounced character lines but not too steroid like.
The project was done 75% through Alias with all the surfacing and the front, window and wheel graphics from Photoshop.

So with an Australian theme in mind listen to Eddy current suppression ring and Pnau.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Missing in Action

Unfortunately my own computer has caught the flu as of last week. So now it has a virus awww.... So while its in computer hospital under inspection and having surgery, I have been stuck with my backup which I think was made before a Commodore 64. Making it hard to to really complete any images. But I can still thankfully play Tetris!
So anyway some more stuff will be posted later this week. I am also working on a small range of T-Shirts, which have been a load of fun and I'll post a link in the coming weeks about that. But in the meantime here are some cool sites that have been rocking my world down here for the past couple of weeks. Hope you find them interesting as well.
-Hip Stuff
The Hundreds
- I wanna be Cool Stuff
- Music Stuff
- Think Stuff
- Stuff I want to do 30 years from now. What an adventure!
Melbourne to London
- Gundam Stuff!

Music this week would be by Junior Boys

Monday, July 14, 2008

Something for the Bedroom Wall.

In my little bedroom here I have a wall with paint peeling off it. Because I really can not be bothered about repainting it, I think a large print like this will cover over the offending area. Stratos Zero would have to be one of the most amazing and original concepts ever and look what was derived from it. One of the coolest Rally cars ever!

> Santagold is bopping around in my headphones this week. Try the new Fourtet EP for something a little different

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Ferrari 512

This would have to be one of my all time fav Ferrari Race cars. Also being a Ferrari it needed a touch of bling in the color arrangement.

Other news> Get anything done by Diplo for music, enough said.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Vector Graphics

I thought this may be of some interest. I have been been toying around with this technique over the past 6 months. I think it has some real merit. Mainly for the reason that those "hard to render" design elements can be resolved by using vector graphics in programs such as Illustrator in a very small amount of time. All is explained and and expanded upon further in the images.

Check it! > This weeks musical theme is still with an electronic edge. Air France new their Ep and anything by Diplo. Also special mentions have to go to my Belgian buddies in Kris and Bram for their very nice recommendations in the Ting Tings, and Alexisonfire. Maybe this blog should also become the worlds first BJ (Blog Jockey just to clear that up) where there are just big shout outs on cool music and links. Yeah!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


A render of a project I am working on in Alias at the moment. Kinda like a proportion study for a future Australian sedan. Been a lot of talk here at home on where the local automotive industry is heading and ways it can keep itself relvent. Thought it would be interesting to have a design take on this. Stay Tuned...

BTW > For some musical intrigue try Crystal Castle > Hot!
> LeMans was a load of fun to watch this year too. Well as much fun as can be had out of watching a 24hr race (I didn't watch the whole thing)! I think the Audi still looks the coolest racecar in the event so well resolved. For cool quirkiness I think for the Dome car is the one, it reminds of a racecar designed by Manga artists. But for an awesome color scheme (Gulf colours) along with its very muscular and aggressive look, this year the Aston had the complete package. But I just love motorsport nostalgia.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

PShop Pencil Brush

Been a long time since the last post, but have been couped up in the computer lab at home playing around with the tablet. This rendering is more an experiment than anything, its really not finished but its roughness made it cool I think. I was messing with brushes to get a more pencil look to the rendering. The actual car is one my Dads projects at home.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

917/30 Absract Version

Another 917 and another in yellow. It was an accident (having it in yellow) but for the good. I love the 917/30, such a simple and almost cartoonish proportion with its wide body and massive rear wing. It just looks fast, and in qualifying trim it produced 1500hp(!) so its performance matched its menace.
For the rendering I wanted to have a play on this simple volume so I used a combination of many graphical paths, photos of paper, which are then chopped into the image to match the outline and surfaces of the car. Then just played with the colours and filters in PShop to get the best and most vibrant outcome. Most of the layers have color dodge on them, this is how I got to the yellow and other glowing details. For some reason the image comes up all blurry too, obviously the computer does not like me.

BTW- Thanks to everyone who has posted a comment, linked this blog, or just had a browse. Its really cool to get all the feedback. Glad your enjoying it, been fun doing it and it keeps me away from playing too much Pacman.

Monday, May 19, 2008

917 Experiment

Have been busy of late trying to refine some techniques. So this time I thought it would be fun to try it out on one of my fav Race cars a 917. Its a cross between this mapping theme, a a lot of paths and using filters all in Photoshop.

Friday, May 16, 2008


I thought this may be of some interest and so I documented this technique in the way of a tutorial. Mapping is the best way to describe it and I used it all the way through my thesis to reach my final outcome. Its basically using a series of images and making a rendering out of them. In this example I used some paper models I had made and stuck the images of them onto the rendering to make the forms. I thought it would be best to start in a side view and build the story of the design from there. So once you have this first view the elements of the vehicle can be twisted and turned in Photoshop to match the view in which you are rendering.
I hoped it provides some form of inspiration, I think you can go in any real direction with this. So if you try it out let me know how you found using it. I like this method because it gives me a greater field of options in developing forms and communicating them. Along with this it can also bring a more human and emotional touch to the rendering.

Pocket Racer Revisited

A little sidetracked at the moment. I was cleaning up my hard drive and came across these images. So I had a little play around. An alternate take on Race car graphics and layouts. They can be a little generic at times. Look at Nascar for example, although it is tough when your car is meant to be a business card on wheels to also make it look cool. Check it!
BTW - If you are wondering why I did 3.0. I thought it would be cool to do a race number for the computer generation, that is used to seeing Microsoft Word 2.76. A different look at a racing number, thats it.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Mazda Madness Pt.2

Another Mazda Sports car this time I rippeed it up with the good old no.19 Round Brush. But slightly modified. Next week I will post some quick tutorials.
> R.I.P Super Aguri
> MGMT: Oracular Spectacular; my album of the week!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Saab 9 3

A continuation on from doing the 3 views thing, this time a Saab. I concentrated more on the rendering quality this time trying bring a high glossy, gooey icing topping feeling to the surface. Ill leave it at that...

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Super Hatch

A continuation of some ideas I have had over the past year. A Mazda RX2 Super Sports Hatch.

Friday, April 18, 2008

The ultimate wrecking machine.

After posting the images of the Mini cars I thought it would be appropriate to also post the images from which inspired it. Again through the functionality it has created some unusual design elements. In the coming months when I have spare time I would like to explore the theme further. Check it, Tank cars.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Mini Car with a twist

Well, its been a while but finally I have some work to put up. Over the next few weeks I will be able to post a lot more work too so stay tuned! This was done before my thesis, I was just playing around with some ideas that were inspired by military vehicles (next post is a collection). All the unique protection, heavy proportion and volumes of these vehicles I found a good basis for some ideation. I thought this military aspect would fit well with a city car because their simple mono volume shape you can not really play with and express in a normal approach. I find its more graphic based and being clever with bold details. Here is a sample. The first two express this theme, and the last one with its UFO body was more driven by the sketch I did for it. I thought it would be cool to rip the cockpit off a jet fighter and stick it on four wheels.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Pocket Racer Expressionism

Alright! Just got my computer back from Germany today. So that means I can finally put some work on here. Plus I should also get my new tablet tomorrow, I think I could be hitting the computer pretty hard this week to get some new renderings up. Stay tuned... To start off are a few of the final renderings from my Thesis project. Hopefully by the start of next week Ill also be able to post my approach on this Photoshop technique as well.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Road Relics

4 posts on 4 Days way to go when you don't have much else to do. I thought this would be cool to stick on, they are two of the cars we have at home. The blue one is a Vauxhall Viva and the other is a VC Valiant both from the 60's. They keep my father occupied in his spare time. The Valiant is almost finished actually and drivable now unlike the images shown. I like the Harley Sticker plastered to the back window for the rogue look. For me the Valiant is more my style, it just cruises along with bench seats front and rear. Its a ship for the road and handles like one too. The Viva is quaint and fun to zoom around in. But I always have the sense of feeling vulnerable in it with its basic construction, for sure the equivalent of a modern day Hyundai. Intended to be a disposable mode of transport. The reason why we own these cars is for there sentimental attachments that come with members of my family using both of them over the years. Both are special to have at home.

Auto paraphernalia has taken hold of this blog! I am hoping to diversify (a little) over the coming weeks. But it has to be designery related otherwise it would just be no fun!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Wepon of Mass Disruption

My family just managed to become the coolest house in the street. My sisters boyfriend just bought this projector home from a garage sale at a local university the other day. Its able to produce an image nearly up to 4m long! Meaning good times ahead for some home cinema fun, and of course many hours playing what ever Playstation game I can get my hands on. Just imagine Gran Turismo or Grand Theft Auto booming out... Ahhh I can't wait! Of course any one about is invited to experience it, well until we have to go out and buy a new bulb anyway. Then I think it could be off line for a while...

Anyway, hoping to put a bit of work on here soon, I get a new tablet this week so some serious PShop action is taking place from 8pm onwards 5 days a week for sure!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Gladiators of the Raceway

I was at the Grand Prix last week, which was a lot of fun this year by the way. Much better than previous events, hot weather, a happy crowd, obviously cool cars and some entertainment off track made for an enjoyable few days. But when watching the Formula 1 cars it always strikes you how the driver is completely detached from reality. Like a robot plugged into the car. You have no relationship with this person, you can never see their emotions when they actually race. This human all dressed up in protection and technology, makes me relate to him as a modern day gladiator. Wearing all their personal markings from helmet to suit, potentially risking life to achieve their goal. Only when their job is done then they strip back all this layering and reveal the stress and emotion placed upon them from the event then the human side comes through.
Thats why I love these images above from (great website for images from all kinds of racing too). They were taken at a recent Nascar event, what I think is great about them is the way the driver blends in with his surrounds. All the safety protection makes them feel like they are just another device in the car. I feel these images take this observation from before a step further. In terms of an aesthetic approach, its just wonderful with the functional detailing that happens in a race car. All the elements have a purpose to make this car go fast as possible and are so incredibly complex visually. Usually we would try and cover this technology over and make it look "cool" and reinterpret it in another way on a sports car. But here the beauty of the interior is in its rawness and function.

Note: Look at the time this was posted. I should say no more...

New Home no.24

Just to get things kicked off I came across these images I took of my 3rd new kicks in Pforzheim. Now looking back on it here in Australia, It was for sure the pick of the places I had lived in there. Fun room mate in Florian and a really nice homely little flat to keep me warm in winter with a great view over the forest. For me what topped it off was the exclusivity of the jail to our place only a block or so away. We still wonder if the inmates there were happier inside than actually out in glum Pf.

Friday, March 21, 2008


Hey there, welcome to my blog featuring a random collection of work and thoughts that go through my mind on a daily basis. My intention for this blog is just to have some fun and use it as an outlet to express to everyone whats happening in my own little world on a weekly basis. Hope you find it of some interest and of course feel free to comment on any of the images or text posted. Enjoy!