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Car Design News has been running a regular feature about 'How to be a car designer'. The author, Luciano Bove has designed cars, and taught it too, so he knows what he is talking about. The first article in the series will give you a good overview. If you like what you see there are lots more to read.

Here's the competition poster.

How to sketch a car, by GM Design (PDF)

This helpful booklet illustrates how to quickly sketch cars from initial “thumbnails” to final sketch. “Thumbnail” sketches help capture ideas quickly and organize sketch layouts.
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How to be a car designer Pt1: Turning passion into a profession

How many times have you heard people say they don't love their job but have no choice other than to stick with it? If you're in a position to choose what you do for a living, working without enjoying your job is extremely hard.


How to be a car designer Pt2: Starting design school

Once you make the big decision to turn your passion into your job, you have to think how to do it right to prevent a failure. However, it's important to seek the help of your friends and, in particular, your family to support your career choice – you can't do it all by yourself. Read more...


How to be a car designer Pt3: Going to design school

Getting a place at a design school is just the start of a long, difficult journey in a very competitive environment. It's one where you'll have to learn quickly just how much effort and dedication it takes to accomplish your mission of becoming a professional designer. Read more...


How to be a car designer Pt4: Your portfolio

At the end of your time at design school, with a degree in your pocket, the body of work you have produced will form your final portfolio. It's this that you will present to prospective employers. The objective: get that damn job! Read more...


Sketching and drawing

Below are some ‘before/after’ sketches from three of our top student designers at GM: