Introduction to Automotive Design
What you'll learn
- You'll be able to take your car design drawings to the next level and beyond
- You'll learn to draw wheels faster, better and more accurately
- You'll learn the most important drawing technique of professional car designers to radically improve your sketches
- You'll learn the importance of speed forms for developing your car design drawing technique
- You'll learn what materials are the best for sketching your ideas and how to maximize them
- You'll learn the techniques for laying out a great side view sketches including proportion
- You'll learn where professional car designs get their inspiration from and how you can get inspired too
- You'll learn the vocabulary of automotive design so you'll know what you're talking about
- A burning passion for cars
- A burning passion for design
- A burning passion to improve your skills
- The ability to work very hard toward achieving your goals
- Basic art supplies: something to draw with and something to draw on
- Preferred materials: 18 x 24 smooth newsprint pad, soft lead colored pencils, ruler or T-square, tissue and kneaded eraser
This course provides the student with the basic foundation for creating professional car design drawings and an understanding of automotive design terms. Automotive design is one of the most competitive and difficult creative fields. Any chance you can give yourself to increase your opportunity to be successful should be taken. This course is that chance.
The lectures cover the following:
Why drawing cars is different than other types of drawing and how to do it like a pro
The secrets of drawing circles and ellipses
Why you need to draw speed forms
Where car designer get their inspiration
How to structure your side views to take your sketches to the next level
The language of automotive design
These lessons are the same coursework that is taught at major design colleges and universities around the world. This course gives you head start or will help you improve your skills for a fraction of the price.
Who this course is for:
- Aspiring, young car designers
- Someone looking to change careers and become a professional car designer
- Anyone looking to prepare a portfolio for admission into a design school
- Anyone getting ready to apply for scholarships to design school
- Anyone looking to improve their drawing abilities for product or transportation design
- Anyone interested in cars, design and / or drawing
Born in New York City, Mr. Santoro attended the High School of Art & Design where he was a member of the first ever, industrial design high school program in the United States. After graduating from Pratt Institute with a bachelor degree in Industrial Design, Mr. Santoro was accepted as the first ever, post-graduate design intern at Chrysler Corporation where, upon completion, he received an offer to join the staff.
Mr. Santoro spent 6 years as an automotive designer at Chrysler where he created the ground breaking, cab-forward exterior design for the 1995 Car of the Year, the first generation Chrysler Cirrus and it's sister vehicle, the Dodge Stratus. Before leaving Chrysler, Mr. Santoro penned the 1996-2006 Jeep Wrangler, returning the vehicle visually to its iconic roots while pushing it forward into the new century.
Returning to New York City, Mr. Santoro spent two years as a consulting designer for Walter Dorwin Teague, America's oldest design consultancy. There he worked on numerous programs including creating conceptual design interiors for Boeing Aerospace and the production interior for the Gulfstream G5 aircraft.
Mr. Santoro retuned to automotive design work as a consultant working on the Vector M12 production supercar and Vector M12 "American Anthem" North American International Auto Show show car. Additional projects including the Lamborghini Jota show car followed.
In 1999, Mr. Santoro created the Apple-specific case market with the launch of his company, MacCase.
Mr. Santoro has been featured in several articles for his design innovations at Chrysler including “Passage by Design” (AutoWeek, January 9, 1995), “The Designers Who Saved Chrysler” (The New York Times, January 30, 1994) and his work at MacCase “Flexible Pens ( Car & Drvier, September 2013). Additional articles about Mr. Santoro and his work have appeared in Automobile, Road & Track, The Detroit Free Press and Car Styling.
He has been a part of student design reviews at College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California as well taught Transportation Design at Pratt Institute in New York City.