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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b0ab720) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b2f72c4) out of 5 stars jaw dropper for designers 15 April 2007
By Kliford Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
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This second book from scott robertson is just as amazing as his "lift off" book. This book has real world examples of the creative process that it takes to create a vehicle from a simple idea to a final render. Tons of amazing sketches are inspirational and just candy for your eyes. I love this book and never get tired off looking at it. I recomend it to anyone in the design field who is looking for fresh ideas and work for inspiration
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HASH(0x9b2a3b94) out of 5 stars Fantastic inspiration for those wanting to be a digital graphics designer 14 Oct. 2009
By Jeff ten Bosch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I used to love sketching up cars when I was a kid. My dad worked for a major automotive company in Detroit and used to bring home all the new product books. I would sketch over them and then make modifications in my sketches to make the cars look 'cooler'. This book reminds me of the hours and hours I would spend doing that. There's no way I would have built up the talent that Scott has, which is clearly evident in this book. His sketches and ideas make it look almost easy to do. But, rest assured, this man has some serious talent.

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.
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HASH(0x9b2a3a98) out of 5 stars Surely they must drive!! 2 Oct. 2008
By Robert Moyses - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the other half of complimentary book "Lift off"

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.

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HASH(0x9b2f76fc) out of 5 stars A Designer to Follow Up Actively! 19 Oct. 2014
By Faisal A.H. - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm pretty sure this can be useful as an inspiration for future artists and designers around the world. The high class paper and impression makes not-real cars become more real than expected. In addition, Scott Robertson is a very good designer to follow up actively... ;)
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HASH(0x9b7634ec) out of 5 stars great book for aspiring concept artists that helps bridge the gap between industrial design and illustration 22 Aug. 2013
By Stephen Todd - Published on Amazon.com
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I have seen a decent amount of Scott Robertson's work, and all of it conveys a great understanding of design that is both awesome to look at and functional. Scott's book includes a lot of process work that clearly communicates his design process, and this further drives home the notion that everything really is composed of spheres, cubes, cylinders, and triangles.
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