Friday, December 12, 2008

Now presenting the 2025 Cadillac Sixty-one concept

This vehicle, the 2025 Cadillac Sixty-one Concept by RJ Linn, is designed to bring out the best in people. Everyone has heard about how "back in the day" if you saw a Cadillac, you remembered it for the rest of your life because you may never see another one again. The Cadillac Sixty-One brings back the aura by combining both the unfamiliar with the familiar. It is a higher riding Coupe Convertible hard top.

Why would one want a higher ride? Everyone knows that lower is sexy right? Not necessarily. Imagine all the difficulties associated with getting out of a very low car wearing a nice suit, or a woman having to struggle with stepping up onto a curb out of her seat on the asphalt. Trust me, I went to homecoming in a Fiero. Its even more difficult than it sounds. By raising the seat bottom, it makes it so one sits in the seat rather than fall into the seat and have to climb out.

I spent some extensive time studying Cadillacs of the past in order to determine what made them such great looking cars. They had dynamic designs, unique silhouettes, and a presence that was rivaled by none. I utilized some of the ways that Cadillac had previously attacked certain surfaces in successful and dynamic ways to solve some problems that I encountered along the way.

Familiar yet unfamiliar:
Whats with the covered wheels on the front? Well since this vehicle does not need to turn the wheels, the covers on the front and back provide protection against the elements for the magnetic propulsion component. This also adds a toughness to the aesthetics which I think appropriately adds the Cadillac presence which seems to be a mystique that up until recently has gotten lost. While my studies in the designs of Cadillac in the past they covered the rear wheels which visually extended the cabin size when looking at it from the outside.

Work yet to be done:
Well, although I have made a lot of progress on the design, there are many interactions between elements and parts of the design which I do not feel are synonymous with the rest of the design. I feel that in order for this project to achieve the level I am capable of and am striving to get it to, I have to go beyond the norm for most student projects.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Rear 3/4 Rendering

Well at long last I have something to show for my work. This is a photoshop rendering that I finished up last night. Notice the glowing wheels showing that the magnetic propulsion is in use.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Sail Cars: I guess we have to use something to travel once we run out of gas.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I trimmed away the sides in order to build the DLO area. I later decided I didnt like the result I was getting and rebuilt it.

This was where It started gettin gnasty. The square surfacing that was put in just had way too many spans and did not illustrate the form I intended. So I deleted it.

And I put in this. I used a centerline on the side of the car to pull the window out further. It really more illustrates my design intention. It will be replaced with one span of surfacing next.
I also am going to be getting rid of the tic-tac-toe front end.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Still working on the Alias model.

Im not very satisfied with the rear fenders, but at this point, I am just blocking stuff in. It will definitly get changed in the future. the chopped up sqares in the front end will be going as well. it just not a good idea to have that many surfaces taking up something that really only needs 1 or 2.

by using the zebra coloring, I am able to analyze the surfaces to ensure prefect curvature continuity throughout. I also use it to see how the surfaces will react to reflections. where the zebra stripes run wacky, the reflections will look weird, even if there is perfect surface continuity.

I have started constructing the vehicle in Alias based on the side view and some other sketches I have done. I will be uploading those in a little while.
Creating a 3d model of the car is much more difficult than anything I have ever tried. You must know how you want each and every surface to interact with eachother. On top of that, creating the surfacing so it provides a beautiful render is even more difficult. There are NO sharp corners anywhere, and EVERYTHING has a fillet, however small it may be.
I am definitly going to be rebuilding the front fender, it is nothing like what I have sketched or intended, but creating this basic model is just like sketching, where you have to communicate your ideas and evolve the form until you get what you desire.
This is just an extra dimension to worry about.

These are the omnidirectional wheels. Notice the diagonal treads. They act as teeth to propel the vehicle sideways if wanted. By alternating the rate at which the wheels spin, the vehicle will turn, and by alternating the direction in which they spin can make the car move laterally for parking purposes.
Well, I was having a tough time trying to develop a profile for my vehicle that is interesting. I am using the Audi quattro from the 80's as an inspiration, I figure that a sports car that sits higher is much easier for people to get into and out of than a low one. It also fits better over a Cadillac CTS package and provides answers to some logistical issues that lower cars encounter such as speed bumps and steep inclines.
This vehicle is as long as a 2008 Cadillac CTS but sits a bit higher and has a longer wheelbase.
Wheel design is coming up next.

I have been having a difficult time over the past few weeks developing a profile for the Cadillac Studio that I am currently participating in. This is a few select sketches that Have been done trying to develop a concept. I have decided to go with the "wrap" feature illustrated in the first sketch as a way to use some vintage cadillac covered wheel inspiration.
I know what you're all thinking, "how does it turn?" Well, a solution has presented itself in the form of omnidirectional wheels. They are used primairly on forklifts other heavy moving equipment. Each wheel is like a conical gear which spins either clockwise or counter in order to propel the vehicle in the desired direction.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Rock crawler

I decided to have some fun with the rock crawler assignment. 6 Sketchpages and 1 render comprised of 2 vehicles

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Redesign of city cars

Black and white city car renderings:
Kia Soul
Toyota iQ
Seat Leon Cupra

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

These are two of my Cadillac Design proposals for the midterm presentation. There is one more render on the way later tonight.

Descom week 5: full color render. Exotics. Revisit Delorean

This may very well be the only improvement of the delorean. The Gold Delorean. It was available to holders of the american express gold card at the price of $85,000 in 1980. Originally 100 were to be constructed, but only 3 were ever made.

Descom week 5: full color render. Exotics. Part III

Descom week 5: full color render. Exotics. Part II

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Descom week 4 Autum 2008

Descom Assignment week 4: monochromatic digital Canson render.