Start Your Engines Paperback – 1 Sep 2006
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I think it was the cover shot of the book that made me want to buy this. It's an amazing rendering of a car that will likely never exist. There's a futuristic pride that takes place when you look at the sketches. It reminds me of the old Disney videos of what the future will look like. It seemed so real and possible.
The sketches of the bicycles was a pleasant surprise. I guess I was just expecting a bunch of future looking vehicles. The bike sketches are really amazing. Definitely pushing and going beyond the design realities of your typical bicycle. I found myself being a little critical of the designs, but then I had to just step back and appreciate the futuristic prediction and take in the awesome possibilities.
The only thing that I would be a bit critical of, is the constant mention of Adobe's Photoshop. This book could easily be turned sold as marketing brochure for the software application. However, it did pique my curiosity of how these sketches were done and made me want to visit his website ([...]). Of which, is another great place to check out his work.
If you're in the search for design inspiration or just like to look at exceptional sketches, than this is sure to meet your expectations.
Scott Robertson's unique vehicle designs are applied to things that drive in this book.
You will see the process of firstly small quick rough sketches until he finds a shape and then develops the most liked shapes further. The next step goes into more detailed sketches with full vanishing points laid out.
The final art is then revealed in amazing detail and believability.
If you are learning about concept and design pick this up now, also look at the tutorial videos and other books.