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SideQuesting Tron Light Cycle Design Contest – Click above for high-res image gallery

SideQuesting.com is a website focused on discussions about video games that decided to host a competition to see who among its readership could draw up the best Tron Light Cycle. The entries were received and the results are... well, they're pretty amazing.

Two winners were chosen, one from the United States and an International representative. John A. Frye took home the top spot among American artists with an appropriately American interpretation of a futuristic bike, while Raphael Laurent of Switzerland won the international prize. Each winner received a copy of the Art of Tron Legacy book and two Light Cycle toys.

We've assembled a gallery of the top eight submissions, but we think you should still go ahead and take a stroll through all of the submissions at SideQuesting.com. A variety of concepts are on display, and they range from jaw-dropping renders to beautiful hand-drawn sketches.

Winner John A. Frye of South Pasadena, California
  • Winner John A. Frye of South Pasadena, California
  • John’s version of the light bike blew our minds.  It brought us a vision of a biker gang coming to the world of Tron, with tuned cycles and cruises around a digital landscape.  The vehicle’s proportion is excellent, with the driver sitting behind the engine, gripping the handlebars like a cowboy holding the mane of a powerful stallion. I can almost hear the electric rumble of the engine now. The sketch was done in an artful style that really showcases John’s work. It’s not over-rendered, relying on the contrast of light as it glowed against the surely titanium body of the techno beast.  This sketch is worthy of being printed on a canvas and hung on a wall in our offices.

  • US Honorable Mention Izaak Moody
  • Izaak did a great job making a muscular, tectonic vehicle.  In his sketch, the light bike looks like it just finished a race, with turbine-like wheels cooling down as the rider stands watch

  • US Honorable Mention Vaughn Ling
  • This concept from Vaughan Ling is pretty sexy.  Vaughan captures the speedform of a light bike by incorporating influences from aeronautics, with jet plane aerodynamics and sheet metal.

  • US Honorable Mention Chris Greazel
  • Chris put together a re-imagining of the original light bike, this time in a striking Corvette Red.  The sweeping feature line coming from the front fender up into the side and over the rear “tire” is an elegant and attractive addition to the design.

  • International Winner Ralph Laurent of Switzerland
  • “Aaaaaaaaaaaah!!!” That’s probably the sound you’d hear louder than the engine of this light bike design from Raphael Laurent.  The rider is holding onto a rocketship for dear life, with all the thrust and power of a nuclear missile under him. The sketch is loose, focusing on the contrast of the green glow on a black form.  It’s a rather traditional proportion, but the fact that at any moment the rider can be thrown off into oblivion makes this concept both exciting to see and terrifying to ride.

  • International Honorable Mention Paulo Italiani
  • Paulo’s concept was very interesting.  It focused on a minimalistic bike concept, with thin forms overlapping the rider.  Another concept where the rider is more upright, the cruise-like nature of the design fits well with the tag line included in the image, “Take a Journey into the Grid”. Yes, Paolo, we definitely want to!

  • International Honorable Mention Daniel Kafka of the United Kingdom
  • Kafka’s sketch is terrific.  The style is very art-like and loose, and is almost electric by nature.  It fits in well with the location and history of the vehicle.

  • International Honorable Mention Huynh Ngoc Lan of Vietnam
  • Lan’s image is very unique, in that it takes a completely different approach to what a light cycle could be.  One big wheel, made to run along a track with precision.  We received a few single-wheel concepts, but Lan’s had a terrific scene to capture the vehicle in motion.

[Source: SideQuesting.com]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Is that ... "It" ?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Uh, the chopper design is a speeder from star wars with wheels added
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish I had access to better design software. The sketching tools in Alias can make almost any design look good. Design students today are really lucky, us old farts had to make do with pencils and markers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        a poor craftsman blame his tools

        you don't need expensive software to do this kind of work... you sell designers short with such a shallow cop-out

        (not that the designs in this post are particularly fantastic, but a few are nice)
      • 4 Years Ago
      That single wheeled concept looks a lot like the 'IT' from South Park. http://images.wikia.com/southpark/images/1/15/ITSP.jpg
      • 4 Years Ago
      That Lightchopper is flippin' awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dammit. The guy running the site didn't even put mine up. He said he would, but it was never posted. Here it is anyway:

      • 4 Years Ago
      When the original came out in '82, the light cycles blew me away because they operated in a non-physical way, making 90-degree turns with no change in speed, etc. They existed inside a computer process, you didn't feel gravity so much. The legacy cycles were disappointing in that they were just flashy versions of physical vehicles that we use in real life, complete with leaning, skidding and smoke. To me, the legacy vehicles as well as this competition's don't surpass the originals.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I get what you're saying here. The limitations of rendering tech and the imaginative concept behind the original light cycle is far more compelling than the flashy Legacy vision.

        What is the Grid supposed to be really? It started out as photons imagined real, and ended up as a Polyphony physics engine. Would've been interesting to see a concept that did away with engines and all these meatspace physics and went ethereal. Would've been more inline with the original concept.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seems like the more uncomfortable bike seem the higher the chance to win.