Vehicle Concept: Developed Ideas

Carrying on with my sketches I decided to take some of my initial ideas and develop them further. I looked at multiple of the designs that I started with and improved on them further and even combined some of the designs together as I felt like this was the only way that development could be made. I went into more detail with these drawings and experimented with different types of water cannons and jet engines. Looking at the real life versions and what they roughly look like. The reason I did this is so that on the final design the canon would look like a water canon and not a gun, and the jet engines would look like jet engines.

Some of my initial designs were abandoned when trying to develop them as I felt like they didn’t make much sense and that the initial design was as far as I could go with these. The best example of one of the abandoned designs is the motorbike. This design may have been unique but I felt like I was limited on how I could design it and yet keep it looking like a bike. I want my vehicle to be realistic and by having lots fo equipment and detail on this design it just wouldn’t look right.

Reflecting on this I feel like I am making good progress with this mini project, exploring all my options and developing as much as possible. Now that I have narrowed down my ideas I can begin to create a real life model and a sketch up version before I proceed into photoshop. The initial research that I did has impacted me a lot in my development stage as I have used similar techniques and try to adapt from the themes of these artists. This is shown by the use of simple smooth shapes that make u my vehicles, using lots of curves which give it a unique shape

Vehicle Concept: Initial Sketches and Ideas

Starting off the design of this vehicle I decided to use the pareidolia technique to gain lots of different shaped vehicle that would be unique and nothing like already existing vehicles. Just from doing this, I could already see a theme happening as all the ships and motorbikes started to look sci-fi. I continued with this technique until I felt like I had a reasonable amount of drawings.

Looking at these drawings I then decided to expand on them further drawing larger scale versions which were more refined and included more detail. Since these are still just initial concepts I didn’t go overboard with the amount of detail, instead, I tried to just show the main features. I created multiple different versions of each drawing so that I had more ideas which I could then further develop and even fuse together with another to create my final idea. With all of these designs, I wanted it so that it wouldn’t be clear what this vehicle was used for. The reason I did this is because in real life and in most movies the same model vehicle is used for different purposes and just modified to show that purpose. The only part of the design which related to the fire truck was that all of the sketches has the water.

Reflecting on this I feel like this is a good start into this mini project. I need to continue what I am doing, experimenting with lots of different designs and developing them as far as I can before I settle for the final one. I like how the shapes of the jets are turning out as they appear to have the futuristic theme however vehicles such as the motorbike look modern. I will try developing them further to correct this.

Vehicle Concept: Fire Truck and Vehicle Research

Initial Idea

My Initial idea for this mini brief is to design some sort of fire truck. The reason I want to do this service vehicle is because these are rarely seen in video games in different themes rather than just realistic. I am unsure at the moment what type of vehicle this will be or what theme but with some basic idea generation and research I will quickly find a design.

Fire Trucks

Looking at real life fire trucks it is clear that the design of them is fairly similar no matter where you go in the world, however, I want to move away from this design and create my own interpretation of it in a different time set. The only piece I want to definitely take from eh real design is the gun which fires the water as this is the major identifier to what the purpose of the vehicle is.

Vehicle Research:


Looking at various different images on the internet of jets it is clear that they are designed in a specific way so that they are more aerodynamic. The basic shape of most fighter jets is a triangle. The engine is usually exposed at the back so that it propels quickly extremely fast. Not only is this done for function but adds to the character of the jet making it unique as these are obviously very expensive and make the jet look ‘cooler’. If I were to go with this form of vehicle it is certainly something that my design would need to have. However, it could also be adapted to a fantasy car as this is not realistic but would still function the same.

Car and Motorbike

The car is the most common and obvious form of transportation and is the current form of the real life fire truck. By general knowledge I know the simple design of a car and that it has 4 wheels, a bonnet, a boot, and the seating area. Franchises such as Star Wars have taken this basic design and given it a sci-fi touch by making it hover but keeping the simple shape of the vehicle. This is certainly a common form of transportation that would be easy to develop into my own design however, I feel like it is not unique and is too similar to the real life version.

Motorbikes are a form of a vehicle similar to cars except that they can only have 2 people on them and they only have 2 wheels. This is a much smaller vehicle that has an easy simple design. This could be a good form to use for my fire truck as it would be extremely unique and practical as I could design a motorbike that had the signifying features of a fire truck with the small sleek style of a bike.

Reflecting on this research I feel like there are lots of different types of vehicle that my idea could be. The most unlikely are the car since this is similar to the already existing fire truck. The jet would be the most unique as this is an air vehicle and can be designed in all different types of ways. I will have to experiment with my designs before settling on a final vehicle.

Futuristic Vehicles

Since my vehicle is going to be futuristic I thought it would make sense to look at existing concept art for futuristic vehicles to give me inspiration on how I can use this theme for my vehicle. Looking at a piece of work from Tron Legacy, created by Daniel Simon, I can immediately see a technique which he used to show the sci-fi element of this vehicle. What Daniel did was have a long yet thin shape for the body of the vehicle which appears to be extremely curved yet smooth. This has been designed purposely like this so that it can only fit one person inside. This adds to the futuristic theme as well as the sleek body is a simplistic element commonly associated with futurism. I feel like this has worked extremely well in Daniels work as I can immediately see the desired theme. I also think that by using these large vehicles he has combines two different types of vehicles as the body reminds me of a sporty race car due to its small shape, whereas the large wheels suggest an off-road vehicle. By combining the two it creates a fantasy vehicle as this is something, not realistic.


Vehicle Concept Artist: Atomhawk

Atomhawk is a concept art company that make all different pieces of concept for various movies and video games. This obviously includes vehicles. Lots of different art styles can be seen on the various pieces of concept art, however, the main theme is fantasy. ASll the vehicles resemble something abnormal.

One piece on their website shows a concept of a racing cart which, due to the art style, seems to be relating to a younger audience. The concept shows a crudely put together vehicle using things found around the house and wood. This is purposely done to show that this cart has been created by a child because of their imagination in adapting real-world items into this vehicle. What I like about this concept is that multiple versions of the cart can be seen which add more choice to what the final game vehicle will look like. It also shows that these could be possible upgrades to the vehicle within the game. The basic wooden cart is what the player would start off with and they would eventually work their way up to the refined metal cart.

A lot of inspiration can be taken from this piece of concept art, especially with the style that the artist has used. The style immediately shows the target audience and this is probably the closest to my art style that II have seen in other peoples work. I also love the fact the multiple final versions have been shown which is something that I could definitely take on board. Looking at this work and the work from the previous artists there are certain themes and techniques which I have picked up on. Since the aim of these vehicles is too look sci-fi, the artist has used lots of curved lines to show smooth, simple shapes which look like they would just glide through the wind.


Vehicle Concept Artist: Todd Marshall

Todd Marshall is actually a character designer but has created multiple different pieces for vehicle design. The pieces are of realistic vehicles that have been beaten up over time and crudely put back together.

Todd has created a piece of concept art of a motorbike that appears to be realistic. In terms of his style, it is very similar to Michaels where t is clear that Todd has thought about where each component of the bike needs to go. However to make this vehicle feel more life like Todd has given this vehicle age. What I mean by this is that he has added rust to different parts of the bodywork to show that this vehicle has been used a large amount and has been through all different types of terrain. This is also evidenced by the fact that it has been designed to appear as if it has been crudely put back together. For example, the seat appears to be strapped on using duct tape and some cloth suggesting that this has been used a lot or gained damage from a crash.

From his artwork, I can take lots of inspiration on ways in which I can add age to my model t show that it isn’t new and to make it look weathered and endured. I also like the fact that Todd has shown the vehicle in its proper shape but done so by crudely putting the pieces of the bike back together, adding more detail to the vehicle. This is something I will certainly consider when designing so that my vehicle does not look fresh of the page


Vehicle Concept Artist: Michael Tschernjajew

Michael is a freelance vehicle concept artist that has worked on concepts from all different games and movies. He mainly creates modern realistic vehicles that would be seen in day to day life.

In the pieces of Michaels work below it is clear to see that the theme that he goes with posts apocalyptic. This can be seen by the clear modifications that the cars have, making it seem like the player within the game has purposely added these parts to gain extra protection in the environment. He makes sure that the vehicle he is creating fits in with the environment, this is shown by the backdrop of the environment being shown in the final concept so that the final design of the vehicle fit with the theme of the game and does not look out of place. He also thinks about the practicality and function of the vehicle. What I mean by this is that he thinks about what pieces need to be where so that the vehicle can move, for example, if the engine is visible, how this is connected and powers the vehicle.

Another piece of concept art from Michael goes with the same theme but more fantasy, showing a vehicle that yu wouldn’t see in real life. The design of this vehicle shows a lot of different attributes to the previous piece. For example, this vehicle appears as if it has been properly manufactured as it has an elegant yet strong design, very similar to that of a tank. The engine of this vehicle is also exposed, however, it is not the typical engine that would commonly be seen in real life cars. IT look as if Michael has looked at other forms of transportation and the ways in which they are able to move around and adapted that into his design. This is because the engine that drives this car appears to be a jet engine. The huge scale of this vehicle and the tough yet sleek shape shows the purpose that it serves, being an all-terrain war vehicle.

From this research, there is a lot of tips and techniques that I can take on board when beginning to design my vehicle. This includes the function of the vehicle, by which I mean that the purpose of it is clearly shown at first glance. IT also has shown me that I need to think about each piece of my design to make sure that it all fits together and that there is actually a reason for a part of the design being where it is. This research has helped me a lot and will certainly benefit me in my design phase.

Michaels Work can be found on his website


Mini Brief: Vehicle

Over the reading weeks, we have been given a brief which is to design a service vehicle. This can include things such as police cars, ambulances, or fire trucks. There is no set theme meaning that the design can be from any time set that I like it to be.

My first steps in this brief will be to research a variety of different vehicle concept artists which will inspire me in my designs.

Next, I will then began the basic idea generation, using techniques such as the silhouette and pareidolia to create unique looking vehicles.

I will then choose three of these designs and develop them further using different time sets and themes.

Finally I will developed one even further to the point of a complete piece of concept art.

Final Vehicle Concept

Using the concepts that I had previously created, I further developed the ship by creating a larger sketch which contained more detail. I then took this into photoshop where I added colour, similar to my initial design, but this time more developed and finished looking.

Reflecting on this I feel like the pareidolia technique worked very well with vehicles. I also feel like by colouring in the initial models it gave me inspiration for how I can further develop it in the final concept and improve the texturing. This is something that I will continue to do in my design stage. The technique of creating a larger scale sketch of my idea also helped me with this project as it allowed me to include more detail to bring the drawing to life.

Game Adaptation: Vehicles

for my environment, I noticed that I had a range of different characters, props, and creatures, however, I did not have any type of vehicle. Since the major part of my game will be set in the water I thought that it was fitting to create a boat. I started off using the pareidolia technique so that it would give me unique shapes.

The boats that I created where a mixture of fantasy, medieval and modern. I took these designs into photoshop where then added color to show what materials these boats were made from. Two of the ships appeared to be more modern so I decided to use grays so that they appeared to be made out of metal. I used the burn and dodge tool to show the rust of the metal and also the shadows. For the other ship, I colored it brown so that It appeared to be made out of wood as this would have been the most likely material that the ships was made from. In this case, I used the burn and dodge tool fro a different purpose as it was more to give the grain of the wood so that it didn’t look plain.

I feel like these are a good variety of designs that show different types of boats that could possibly exist within my environment. I could now develop these designs further so that they include more detail and give me an even better idea of what the final product would look like. If I am able to I would also like to try modeling one of these in 3ds max as I feel like this would be the best way to gain a 360 view of the ship.