Automotive sketchers among you (we're looking at you, DiTullo) will often travel to classic
car shows and either break out the sketchbook on the spot, or memorize what you
can and draw them afterwards. Seeing a car from all sides really locks the
car's form into your brain in a way that 2D photos cannot, and exposure to
classic styles is like vitamins for your design brain.
But what if you can't make it out to the shows, and are chained to a desk like the
rest of us? Well, we just stumbled across this awesome YouTube channel, RK
Motors Charlotte. This North-Carolina-based classic car dealership brands
themselves as "one of the most innovative collector car dealers in the
United States," and each of their fully-restored wares gets rolled onto a
huge turntable in their 60,000-square-foot facility to have a 360-degree video
shot of it.
Those videos are then posted to YouTube, and they leave them up well after the cars
are sold—meaning you've got a massive, free, online repository of wraparound
videos that you can freeze-frame at will, allowing you to find the precise
lines you're looking for.
1970 Barracuda? Check. '63 Corvette split-window? Check. '67 Chevelle Super
Sport? Got it. '59 Ford Galaxie Skyliner Drop-top? Roger. Plus midway through
the videos, they fire up the engines so you can hear those sweet exhaust notes.
(I wish they had a better mic, but overall I can't complain.)
have twelve freaking videos of different Dodge Super Bees alone and they all
make me want to cry. Sorry to ruin your Thursday with this time-sink, but I like to think you'll thank me someday.