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Cosmic Motors [Hardcover]

Daniel Simon
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  • Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933492287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933492285
  • Product Dimensions: 30.2 x 23.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,244,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Simon (1975) is a concept designer, author, photographer and producer.
After working as a Senior Car Designer for Volkswagen and hypercar maker Bugatti, he started working in Hollywood as a Vehicle Concept Designer in 2008.
Simon created unforgettable vehicles for Tron: Legacy, Captain America, Prometheus and Oblivion.
Interested in alternative worlds and history, Simon creates his own books. 'Cosmic Motors', published in late 2007, paved his way into the movie industry and set new standards in 3D design and visualization. 'The Timeless Racer', his second book - coming in June 2013 - is already praise by BBC Top Gear magazine as 'the next big coup' and has a foreword by famed racing icon Jacky Ickx.
Simon also collaborated with racing outfits. He designed the livery for the 2011 Formula 1 team HRT and the current Le Mans efforts of the Lotus LMP2 team. Simon lectures about design at universities and conferences in California, Japan, Brazil and Germany.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Into a pixel-perfect future 15 Nov 2008
By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Very impressive! I haven't seen future concepts as good as this since I bought a copy of Syd Mead's 'Sentinel' in the late seventies. Interestingly, on page 126, Daniel Simon credits Mead as the inspiration for the staging and vehicle concepts of his work and on page 127 there is a concept car with romantic princess and a tiger on a leash: pure Mead.

Any future fan will love this book. Based around the mythical Cosmic Motors Company located in the middle of the Galaxion Galaxy. The companies nine vehicles are presented in stunning colour digital reality and you really have to see this work to appreciate the love and control Simon has put into each image. He says all his work is produced using Autodesk AliasStudio software. As well as the colour imagery each unit has plenty of concept art in sepia and black.

The thing that really grabbed me about the images is the used look. This is tech that has been used out there in the galaxies, dirt, scratches, wisps of smoke or dirty exhausts suggests hard working units. Another thing that gives everything a cool look is all the bits of lettering and graphics that seem to pepper racing cars, jets and other bits of high technology. Syd Mead's art used some of this material but had to hand-letter the stuff, now software makes it much easier, precise and credible.

The book is a handsome design job with 175 screen on art paper. All the art has captions and a sort of running story involving the vehicles and their use in the future. Fans of virtual reality art will love it and this raises the obvious question: when will the second edition be out!

***FOR AN INSIDE LOOK click 'customer images' under the cover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful 9 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
just love the very inspirational images presented beautifully... .. and admire the talents he shows in this book.
when is a tutorial book going to come from this guy??? or does one already exist?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 7 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
Daniel Simon's work is amazing and Cosmic Motors is a fantastic work of an extremely talented and creative mind. On even merely flicking through some pages, who wouldn't want to step into this world he has created! With superb realism (relatively speaking of course) and fantastic technical ability his renderings capture the imagination. The only part that disappoints me is that this is the only book of his work that I can buy! I do hope there is more to come......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 15 Oct 2010
By Will89
Format:Paperback
Very good book, showing some of Daniel Simons best work. Displays great examples of sketching, rendering, concept work and photography. He paints a believable picture of this futuristic world though his illustrations. It is a great book for any budding designer, digital artist or anyone who appreciates great design work.
By far his best book.
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