Configura Concept Car. Chalk, marker, colored pencil on 40" vellum. 1995

Enhanced driving vision goggle system allows the driver to see an unobstructed view of the road in all directions via a periscopic camera on the roof. Negating the need for traditional visibility out of the windows allows the vehicle chassis design to be lighter as structural design of the passenger compartment can use more streesed members in the windshield area. Also, the body of the car is reconfigurable easily by the owner with simple tools as a weekend project. Old body panels are sent to the car fashion company where they are recycled into a new body style on a regular basis. In this illustration, the car owner swaps out one set of panels- a geometric yellow cladding- for a rotund chrome design. 

Some background on this rendering: this was done as an assignment for 6th term trans at Art Center in 1995. Harald Belker was the instructor. The assignment was "full bleed, rendered for 8 hours, then take it to get a color copy, then render more on top of the color copy for 8 hours." This is pre-digital era, of course, so we were doing marker, chalk, colored pencil on Vincent brand vellum, 20" by 40". It's a big piece of paper and a bear to deal with when working "full bleed" (render the entire page, no empty space). Working on vellum you also applied chalk and marker to both sides of the paper to enhance the saturation and value. The quality of the gradations in the upper surfaces required a practiced application of shaved, powdered chalk applied with Webril pads, spray fixed, then layered multiple times.

The color copy process was also not easy. A print shop that did 20"x40" format was not local, so I had to drive to the San Fernando Valley. The print itself probably didn't get an additional 8 hours of work, because you couldn't get media to apply as nicely as you would on the vellum original, but I was able to pump up the darks a bit and do some colored pencil detailing. The print is now pretty faded from UV exposure, I made this scan and cleaned it up digitally and rectified some fashion faux pas in the figure (stirrup pants worn with waistband well above the navel!) a few years ago.

Note the archaic cordless phone and radio. One of my favorite details of the image was the rendering of the beer bottle with sunlight passing through the glass and coloring the shadow.