They say you have to know the rules in order to break them. And industrial designer Marouane Bembli, the guy behind that nifty Volkswagen cargo car concept, certainly understands the rules of automotive design; it appears he spends most of his waking time drawing every type of vehicle in existence.
With the rules down, then, his hobby--under the nickname The Sketch Monkey--is to tinker with the design of these cars, righting what he sees as wrongs, subjective though it is:
A Huracan reimagined as a front-engine GT car. Except for the grille, the changes make it read more Jaguar than Lamborghini to me.
Re-imagined 2019 Lincoln Continental. I have to imagine this would sell well.
I admire the effort, but can anyone really fix a Crossfire?
He's even branched out into iconic TV cars, taking 1980s show The A-Team's van…
…and showing you what it'd look like if it was a modern-day GMC Savana cargo van:
If you're looking for some sketch-spiration, there are multiple places where you can see more of The Sketch Monkey's work.
- His Coroflot portfolio, we recommend you start here.
- His deep archive of sketches/renderings on Facebook.
- His YouTube channel, featuring real-time videos of his design makeovers.
Finally there's what appears to be his current gig, in design education. He teaches car and product design sketching skills online, through this portal. And we're talking analog skills, with good ol' pens and markers.