Breadvan_update_018: Clay model first iteration
Development of the surfacing
We are now moving from the initial ideation sketches to highly resolved renderings. Particularly the design ideas are presented in a more refined manner in the renderings. The project is progressing from the initial search for proportions to a more solid base. This includes fitting the design drawings precisely over the packaging of the base car. In the renderings the best surfacing and volume ideas generated are developed into conclusive material. The ideation sketches are made more solid and the shapes easier to read. Some of the renderings are executed in straight viewing angles. These are eliminating perspective as much as possible. Coachbuilder Bas van Roomen has printed these specific renderings to full scale. These prints can be used for the transition from a flat piece of paper to what eventually will become a kinetic sculpture.
The very first iteration of the clay model has now been made on the steel frame. We are working from back to front on this specific car for several reasons. One of them is the fact we run several sub-projects connected to the car. The interior parts and bespoke headlights for instance. More important is that the rear-end will be changed most significantly compared to the original hard points. It is important to balance the new volumes with the base car parameters. The clay model will be changed endlessly. We’re closely cooperating during the process of applying and changing clay to the desired shape. Through photos, videos, calls and visits to the workshop the focus is on fine-tuning the design ideas. As they were made on paper they need translating into a shape which works in real perspective.
Car design ideas
One of the biggest challenges this car presents us with is getting the lines of the rear-end to flow correctly, as this low and sleek car will often be seen at a rather extreme top-view perspective: a person standing next to the car will mainly see the roof. This viewpoint, and the vanishing points coming with it, is influencing the design ideas and decisions made during the sketching. This challenge is only one of many the Breadvan Hommage presents the team with. Each step we take is the product of different types of craftsmanship joining forces. Both the expertise of the coachbuilder and the car designer is needed to make sure the car can be made by hand and looks good.