Wednesday, December 25, 2013

CORD 8100 Lev Sedan

A day off before Christmas gave me the sweet few hours I needed to hone in on some details that would resolve a Cord concept I sketched up a few months ago.  I'm really happy with the proportion of this one- it's more successful than the Bugatti, which ended up looking too narrow overall.  This one has clearly exaggerated pylons and motivators, giving it a much more fantastic, futuristic feel. Also, putting this lev car in an environment allowed for more complete, interesting and challenging reflections.

Additional sketch page with front grill sketches after the jump.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

No Room for Error

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Here's a response rendering to the images that went viral today showing what is claimed to be data screenshots of the 2015 Mustang.  As followers of this blog know, this car has been my most anticipated upcoming release for the last two years.  The renderings posted on MustangG6 left much to be desired in the Musclular department, often being compared to a previous gen Accord coupe.  That's not to be taken lightly.  Although my rendering is based on a 2013 Shelby Super snake, I believe it to accurately capture the character of the Anniversary Mustang.  Many of the details such as the grill dividers are visible in the spy-photos and are not my creation.

Follow the jump to see one of the spy photos this is based on.


Monday, July 29, 2013

Bugatti Type 5700

The 2138 Bugatti Type 5700 is a commemorative personal luxury-sport craft celebrating 200 years since the iconic Type 57 SC was created.  More on this in the coming weeks.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Colors of Summer

Summer is here once again, so here's a fresh season opener for my dear readers.  Here to welcome you is the delightful Emily Didonato (same model as "Evil or Ecstasy").  The biggest challenge of this piece was showing the proper form and mixing the colors smoothly enough for her right biceps.  Although there are a number of colors across her arm, I feel like it would've been easier if I had a firm grasp on what the muscles beneath were doing.  At CCS I never had a proper anatomy class, so I've never done a good muscle study.  I think it's high time I try one.  Hit the jump for the line layout.   

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Moto Rumi Rejuvenation

This is a re-render of the final presentation image for my Moto-Rumi Capolavoro motorcycle senior studio.  I felt the need to rework the piece, for reasons from quality concerns to unconventionally [illegally] placed kickstands.  I'm still working out some details in the handlebar area, and below are some recent engine work-out sketches.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Over 9000!

Today Disegno LaColla exceeded 9,000 views!  Half of which were made in these booming first few months of 2013.  Big thanks to all the media outlets for linking back to my blog, and for sharing my work with thousands more people all over the world!  
Follow me: there's a lot more in the pipeline.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Weekly Sectionals: Impala on a Diet

I've been staring at the press release images of the 2014 Impala, and I have to think the best modification for this car would be an entire drivetrain transplant and a proportion overhaul - no small task in real life.  With the power of photoshop however, this overgrown antelope can easily benefit from a 400 lb diet.

Photo modifications include: vehicle lowered ~1.5", sectioned ~2", with bodyline proportionally raised .75" overall, and .5° of forward rake added to bodyline.  Greenhouse reduced in all directions & moved rearward, front wheel size reduced ~1", and front door cutline moved rearward 2.5".  Lightgroups and door handles have been shifted, not modified.

I think the result is rather fetching.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Last One, I Swear

After reviewing several pages of the Ferrari F70 thread on Ferrari Chat, I picked up some valid points and re-assessed the teaser images and mule car shots.  What some people are pointing out is that the mule has a large vent on the front center, not an intake. The teaser is (intentionally) vague.  In an earlier sketch, I had a solution like this, but I thought it looked ... rated x.  I still feel that way, but here it is anyway!
Other changes include re-located carbon mirrors attached to the fenders instead of the doors and different air management inside the front grill opening.

I will assemble a gif of my 20 or so process steps and post it below.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Weekly Sectionals: It Starts With [Mach] One

Those of you who know me know I love to 'shoop.  I live to 'shoop.  In my quest for eternal shoopage, and to create a semblance of continuity & consistency in this-here blog, I'm starting this "Weekly Sectionals" series; a play on journalistic terminology wherein I will find a car that I like, but think is a little too hefty in the bodyside, and proceed to remove said heft (known physically as "sectioning") through the magic of a quick photo modification. 

The first patient to receive this elective digital cosmetic surgery is this 1972 Mach 1 Mustang.  Click past the jump to see the original, and scroll between the two. 
Hat tip to Vaughn Gittin Jr. who actually had this done - along with a chop - for his '69 RTR drift Mustang.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Twenty-Second Century Satellite

Here's a fun sketch of a flying car that started out as an Edsel because of the upright center grill element. As I resolved it, making it a Satellite became more natural because of the bodyside ( from one of my favorite understated late 60's cars) and because it's such a great name for a Flying Car.  

Click past the jump to see a different background color.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

From Maranello With Love

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While the real deal is still tight under wraps back in Italy, we photoshoppers have settled onto our Wacom tablets across the globe to try to piece together the identity of Ferrari's latest Hypercar. These images are my best guess- and using a slew of references ranging from the cracks in the mule-car camouflage to Ferrari's latest form language and the infamous leaked plaque, it's indeed an educated guess.

Taking a step away from other rendered speculations, this version makes an attempt to get into Pininfarina's shoes, keeping the body as clean as possible while integrating all the necessary ventilation. The mule's peculiar front fender/door intersection indicates the F150 will have a very open-wheeled look and feel. How close is this to the real fast-plastic? The wait to know will be over in less than three weeks.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Evil or Ecstasy

This piece is meant to convey the presence of an unsettling duality of expression; ambiguity of evil and ecstasy.  I'm quite sure there are a lot of facial communications I don't even realize I've included.  I do wish I had a better understanding of these.  The reference model was Emily Didonato.  

Monday, February 4, 2013

Runnin' Hot!

This is an exhibition of rustiness. I like this for the drawing itself, and the action it conveys but not so much for the render quality.  I will be doing more wet-gloss work in the future, that's the most rewarding stuff to finish.

The story with this, as described in the previous post, is that this car would be a testbed for more and more powerful electric motors, and would run on an electrified race circuit, so there would only be power onboard for life support.  The driver has the little slit window and the engineer/ co-driver would have the larger observation window.  This scene shows a high speed "throttle-up", causing the car to burn rubber at 436mph.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Today Was A Good Day To Sketch

After taking a bit of a step back, I realized that with all the speculative renderings and super realistic/production intent stuff I've been doing lately, I've strayed considerably from what got me drawing in my spare time in the first place: imagining things that are fantastic, extraordinary and most importantly, non-existent!  Removing myself from the rut of reality got me back into drawing some things that made me shout expletives they excited me so.  I was overdue for some fun!  I will be rendering some of these in one form or another..
These are assorted vehicles from a place where energy and resources are overly abundant, so efficiency is a preposterous notion.  These top cars are a ball-drive coupe, scroll down for more explanations. 

The car above is Jet driven, you may notice the wing on the top of the car, which raises only at high speeds to A: keep the car on the ground and B: let 2x the air into the engines. Something about the front makes me want to say this is a Maserati.
 This car can be compared to a slot car. Notice the large motors mounted outboard of the wheels, surrounded by heat-sink fins.  This would belong to a racing series to find more powerful ways to build motors using a powered race circuit.  I put the wheels on the inside because the motors get too hot to be near eachother, and it'd make awesome sparks going around corners!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Corvette Family

Corvette Chaparral Concept
Corvette Sting Ray Concept
These renderings were done for Autoextremist and Autoline Daily as two vehicles that would expand the Corvette brand to include a top-tier Supercar and a more casual roofless Roadster.  The articles' insight was reinforced and brought to life with these visual aides.

Saturday, January 12, 2013


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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Gnarly Pile of Billet

I don't quite understand people's disdain for billet.  I agree it's often misused to make simple, crude looking parts, but it's also the choice method for making some of the coolest metal parts in the world, like racing brake calipers and fighter aircraft bulkheads.  I think as at-home rapid prototyping settles in, home based computer operated mills could start pumping out sweet billet parts with the same stroke of creativity that garage builders with migs and tigs are showing now.

Internet Transience

Another 15 seconds of fame gone!  How fleeting our interest can be.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Mustang Mach x1 on a coastal highway

Here, the Mustang Mach x1 concept makes another appearance: this time tearing up a two-lane coastal highway.  This version has an updated front fascia and rocker panel to reflect the form language of Ford's EVOS concept, and Fusion vehicle.  Many other 50th anniversary Mustang speculations have adopted the EVOS' looks, but I still wanted to see it with this proportion.
The Mustang Mach x1 is planned to be a very low production (50) 50th anniversary celebration vehicle, and hearkens to selected details of the '68 fastback and '69 Mach 1.  Although the Mustang has been the go-to car for affordable American performance, this version would shatter that tradition by being the highest-performance, most exclusive car available from the Big Three.  Power coming from a supercharged DOHC v10 mounted to a dual-clutch transmission, negotiated through a finely-tuned IRS would let this car walk past just about everything else on the highways.  It would be valued world-over as a collectible vehicle, and act as the bookend for the "retro Mustangs" as new models roll off the line with contemporary styling, made to global homologation standards.