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Category Archives: transportation

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Designer Cor Steenstra has put together a couple of websites devoted to car design and AliasStudio users. The first, CarDesign.TV, covers developments in the car design world, while the second, Alias3DTV.com, has been created specifically for users of AliasStudio. Cor has begun a car modeling tutorial on Alais3DTV and has provided additional tips and demos in past updates.

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Arno Villard has a blog similar to mine in that he is posting learning resources for designers. He, however, is focusing exclusively on AliasStudio. His focus is paying off, as he has mentioned several resources and tutorials with which I was hitherto unfamiliar and is also documenting some of his own experiments with the software. Pay him a visit and look around!

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Not really a tutorial, but certainly educational through the variety of techniques illustrated, this book showcases the sketching and illustration work of 24 design students from the Umea Institute of Design.

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One more tutorial of note at Designertechniques.com is Hector Realubit’s hand sketching piece. Key points include his notes on shading and vignetting.

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Another tutorial at Designertechniques.com focuses on traditional marker and pastel rendering.

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Designertechniques.com has a lot of great info on car design techniques.  One demo, by Ford designer Michael Smith, covers digital sketching in Sketchbook Pro.

Documentation for AliasStudio is sent with the software, but if you’re ever in need of it and find that it hasn’t been installed on your system, Autodesk makes it available on their site. In addition to the standard help info, some digging will produce additional goodies, such as pdfs that include a detailed introductory tutorial on technical surfacing, and information on data transfer between Alias and other packages.

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Switching gears to 2D for a moment, Car Design News has a number of tutorials that focus on transportation design sketching and rendering. Inspiring stuff. And free! One of the instructors, Harald Belker, also has a few DVDs at The Gnomon Workshop.