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We like to think we're a pretty talented bunch with plenty of marketable skills. We make a mean slice of toast, for example, and we've been known to demonstrate a unique mastery of sleeping on airplanes.

Even with those boundless abilities on our side, there's a laundry list of activities we can't perform with any aplomb. Take drawing cars, for example. Despite all of our high school doodling, we can't put pen to paper without our creation looking suspiciously like an impressionist Lada Niva. It's just not pretty. Fortunately, a new project on Kickstarter may be able to help us hone those skills.

Arvind Ramkrishna, the mind behind Driven Mavens, is working to release a two-DVD set that will walk viewers through the ins and outs of vehicle rendering. The set sheds light on how to craft a professional-grade marker sketch as well as a computer-generated version of your favorite ride.

The project has a variety of donation levels, but the low price of $40 nets you both discs as well as a comprehensive hard copy sketch guide. Head over to the Kickstarter page to check it out for yourself.


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        Dasupersprint
        • 3 Years Ago
        Can't you just have fun?
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dasupersprint
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        IzzyMan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick I pledged for this about a week ago. I'm not getting it expecting to learn to draw masterpieces of automotive art work. As a person that always wanted to be an auto designer, I would consider this DVD a help to me on what I couldn't do "naturally". In anything that you do (well, in anything that I do) it's always good to get involved in every little thing in that field that could potentially help you out in the long run whether it's something small (as in what you may consider this DVD) or something large (like actually going to school). I like drawing cars. (I wouldn't say I'm horrible but I could use some help in certain parts of designing.) Like for me I can get a perfectly good car sketched out but I suck at detail AND adding color lol (reflection etc.). I would like to learn something like that before I actually start school for this. Because I like doing it. Just a thought. But I get what you're saying about someone who will get this thinking they will master all. I'm not one of them though lol.
          cashsixeight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @IzzyMan
          There are TONS of tutorials avialable online. Just cruise around the ID forums at core77 or productdesignforums.com. CarDesignNews has a bunch as well.
        cashsixeight
        • 3 Years Ago
        Statistically you are more likely to make it into the NBA than become a car stylist. Hence why I went into product design instead, but ironically wound up styling an electric car a few months ago. Very, very frustrating to do some sweet concepts and watch it get butchered in the hands of engineering. >sigh<
      cashsixeight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Uh, why? There are tons of these already. Scott Robertson, Gnome DVDs, Daniel Simons, etc. Or just go to www.idsketching.com
      VJ
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seems quite similar to the 'I Draw Cars' sketchbook project - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bravecadet/i-draw-cars-sketchbook-and-reference-guide
        Atomohawk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @VJ
        plus the gang from iDraw Cars is working on a DVD or set of videos of tutorials for drawing on Photoshop and Corel
      aeurcullu84
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm a Transportation design student at CCS, and although this DVD set won't make a car designer by itself (it takes 4 years of preparation and this career is pretty tough and design schools are very demanding), I believe this is looks like a very promising project, a little help it is always welcome. Check these links out and watch the video teaser! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uk9hAUzU_kA http://howtodrawcarsnow.com/
      Aman Shah
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hi, This project looks great.I will check it out.I am a car designer and an enginiering student in India,inventing Gravity engine for cars. Also,Just wanted to share a stylus for car designer using ipad. Please see, http://www.flickr.com/photos/59145126@N07/sets/72157628172115599/
      Kamil K.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are you saying that Lada Nivas are not pretty? Blasphemy...
      - v o c t u s -
      • 3 Years Ago
      FYI: I saw, I clicked, I read, I kept my $40
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