The results are in and we are proud to announce the winners of the latest Core77 1 Hour Design Challenge: Sick-Ass Car Renderings! There were a ton of great entries in this competition, and the added value of seeing time-lapse movies of the renderings as they happened over a 60 minute period was a fantastic treat. Thanks to everyone who participated, and make sure to check out all the entries in the forum.
Our esteemed judge on this this challenge was Ralph Gilles, VP of Design at Chrysler and designer of the Chrysler 300, who had the following overall impressions:
The contest was a great reminder to me of how much fun automotive design as art can be. The variety of styles was cool but I really enjoyed the rare opportunity to watch creation happen real time. Core77 should have more of this on file as it can be really helpful to aspiring designers and is simply a treat to watch.
And now for the winners...
Judge's Comments: I am a sucker for loose empathic sketches. This artist has a naturally loose style that very effectively captures the aggressive personality of the car. I saw the sketch before I saw the video and was surprised to see it wasn't an electronic sketch. Many designers I come across try hard to capture this loose feel in electronic mediums as it seems to give design much more soul. This artist's multi media style, while totally fresh in design, it is a little old school in technique. A great combination, with a delicious fine art flare as he uses generous amounts of pastel and markers that give the sketch a great deal of depth. I like the spontaneous feel of this sketch, it is tightened up just enough with some very descriptive shading and deep saturated grey tones. All complimented by succinct line work around the headlamps and grill, much the same way a fine artist does portraits...the personality is captured in the eyes and facial features. I like the very efficient use of line work, and the paper showing through does the rest in leaving just enough to the imagination, like a good rendering should. Very cool.Second Place: Paul Kirley
Judge's Comments: Great technique and hard to believe it was done on a tablet! I am obviously a sucker for Mopars, so it was difficult not to be a little biased here as the design is clearly influenced by a 69-70 Charger. The dramatic contrast has the car in an improbably dusk and high noon combo. This plays mind games on the viewer, as the light source seems to be coming from the same side of the car that is in total shadow. Nevertheless, the end result is very dramatic and the artist made some great choices in the use of some very beautiful colors.
Third place: Vaughan Ling
Judge's Comments: This artist used an interesting technique--while very modern it's (ironically) very similar to the old color paper Canson techniques used before vellum and computer tablets became the tool of choice. It is fun to watch the vehicle come to life with so little actually rendered. The vehicle is essentially largely left to the imagination, yet the dramatic lighting highlights just enough to emphasize the important proportional elements. It is a very beautiful technique, setting the mood for the vehicle were it the start of a series.
View all the entries to the Sick-Ass Car Rendering competition here.