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What Design Markers does Chip Foose use?

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What Design Markers does Chip Foose use?
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 01, 2005 2:14 PM
Hey everyone, I'm new here. Just wondering if anyone knows what design tools he is actually using. I use Prismacolors myself, but he uses a marker of some sort that looks great with the picture w/o the bleeding.

Thanks in advance everyone,
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Posted by ragtop63 on Tuesday, March 01, 2005 5:07 PM
Its not just the markers he uses. Its also the paper. Chip studied at Art Center in Pasadena, CA. Unfortunately I didn't go there, but I worked with people who did. They all draw that way!

One of the secrets to great renderings like Chip does is good quality vellum marker paper. It is semi transparent, part paper part plastic. None to very little bleeding. Prismacolor markers work very well. I still have a 120 piece set from college, almost 20 years old and still work great. I passes them on to my son who stated Art School last fall. Another thing to watch for is he will draw on both sides of the paper. Since it is semi transparent it will partially show through. This gives it a real nice 3-D effect and subtle shading quality. He also uses prismacolor pencils to tighten up the renderings at the end.

The last secret is practice. Great designers / illustrators draw compulsively. They go no where with out a pad of paper and a pencil.

Practice, Practice, Practice, ! Big Smile

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 01, 2005 5:12 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by ragtop63

Its not just the markers he uses. Its also the paper. Chip studied at Art Center in Pasadena, CA. Unfortunately I didn't go there, but I worked with people who did. They all draw that way!

One of the secrets to great renderings like Chip does is good quality vellum marker paper. It is semi transparent, part paper part plastic. None to very little bleeding. Prismacolor markers work very well. I still have a 120 piece set from college, almost 20 years old and still work great. I passes them on to my son who stated Art School last fall. Another thing to watch for is he will draw on both sides of the paper. Since it is semi transparent it will partially show through. This gives it a real nice 3-D effect and subtle shading quality. He also uses prismacolor pencils to tighten up the renderings at the end.

The last secret is practice. Great designers / illustrators draw compulsively. They go no where with out a pad of paper and a pencil.

Practice, Practice, Practice, ! Big Smile


Thanks so much Man! I really appreciate it. How much did the 120 set run you 20 years ago? I bet it didn't cost you $200 did it? I need to buy some of those soooooo bad.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 01, 2005 5:22 PM
I got a smaller set of the prismacolor markers a while ago- they were about $40 for 24 I think they were on clearance!
A lot of craft stores have them , but the best would be an on line or mail order place like Dick Blick's
Annother neat thing to get is the clear prisma color blender. It softens up the pencil drawings and lets you put more on. Gives a usually rough pencil drawing a smoother glossy look, without having to buy the markers.
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Posted by lordairgtar on Tuesday, March 01, 2005 7:28 PM
I do car drawings at car shows and I draw the car in pencil, then I do the lines I want with a Pilot razor point or similar fine point pen. I then use colored pencils. I used to use Staedtler brand water color pencils but the art stores here in my area no longer carry them. Only have a few left. I've used prismacolor and other brands. Believe it or not I found that Crayola colored pencils work pretty well for me. I go thruogh alot of black, blue and reds, so the cheaper the better and with most colors you can't tell. But I sure wish I could find the Staedtlers again. I guess if I was going to do what Chip does , I would need a sharper , crisper color like those. I've tried Derwent pencils too, they are not to bad.

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Posted by ragtop63 on Tuesday, March 01, 2005 8:09 PM
8,

Don't remember exactly what the marker set cost. I do remember that It was the most I had spent on anything in my life. That was before I had kids! LOL! My Basic Design teacher told us to get the best set we could and that they will last a long time. He was right. I don't do much freehand drawing anymore. Its so much faster to do it on the computer. I use Photoshop and Illustrator for 2D stuff and SolidWorks for 3D.

Another thing Foose has is confidence. Every stroke of the marker / pencil has meaning. He can draw very fast. The markers dont stay in one place on the paper for long. Another reason his remderings are so crisp.

I used to work for BMW at their design studio in L.A. There were several Auto guys that were as good as Foose or better. It was truly amazing to watch them pull ideas right out of thin air and onto paper. Chip should do a video series on Auto design/ renderings. Although true magicians dont reveal the secrets of the trade!

Show us some of youw work if you get a chance!

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 01, 2005 8:19 PM
One word of warning with markers is USE MARKER PAPER. I've seen alot of people try them with other types and it doesn't work the same. Trust me...
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Posted by crzyhorse on Wednesday, March 02, 2005 10:05 PM
I LOVE to watch Chip work! That's my favorite part of the "Overhaulin'" show! I draw quite a bit & my drawing is much slower & more deliberate. Here's a sample of my work
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Posted by ragtop63 on Wednesday, March 02, 2005 10:15 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by crzyhorse

I LOVE to watch Chip work! That's my favorite part of the "Overhaulin'" show! I draw quite a bit & my drawing is much slower & more deliberate. Here's a sample of my work



NICE!!! Are you going to build that one??

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Posted by crzyhorse on Thursday, March 03, 2005 5:37 PM
It's already built. check it out here http://photobucket.com/albums/v205/crazyhorse001/overhaulin%20chevelle/ I did it "overhaulin'" style in a week
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Posted by lordairgtar on Thursday, March 03, 2005 11:25 PM
Nice drawing, crazyhorse. your style has a look similar to mine except that I generally use a darker shadow under the car and don't draw the tires, only the rims and a little white shading for the tire tread. Nice model too, on your photo site. When I am able to put art on the site, I will. I have old coal powered computer the size of russian limosine.

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Posted by 73fbody on Saturday, March 05, 2005 9:22 PM
I had the pleasure of meeting Chip and having him sketch a Camaro for me.It's amazing how fast and effortless he does it.
He was at a local car show and for $20 he would do a one off sketch on anything.He had to of done atleast 200 that day.Was only suppose to sign from 11am til 2pm,but it was already after 3:30pm when I got to him and there was still a long line.



Also he is a helluva nice guy,just real personable.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, March 07, 2005 9:22 PM
Ive seen him draw with bic pens too..lol i think thats pretty cool. Just shows doesnt matter what you have but what skills you ahve. Ive heard a lotta good things about those prismacolor markers, when i get some cash to spend im gonna have to pick some up.
Im 16 and planning to og to an art school possibly..i want to be a car designer.
heres some of my drawings: http://www.imagestation.com/album/index.html?id=2132198946
if you dont have a username there then use this
Username: scatpack68
Pass: dodge
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, March 07, 2005 9:24 PM
as you can see some look pretty good while others..well somethings wrong..lol
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Posted by crzyhorse on Tuesday, March 08, 2005 4:55 PM
I've got 3 words for you Moparman, Practice, practice, practice. If you don't like thise 3 how about Pasadena Design College? If you love designing cars it's a LONG road to the styling studio from high school. I know, I wanted to make the same trip. The best advice I can give you is, to keep HIGH grades, draw EVERY chance you get, & start creating your own cars. Bring your ground angle up to "eye level" Stand out in the driveway & sketch a boxy car (no details, yet just the "three boxes" of the hood, roof, & trunk) get the angles of the box to match the viewing angle of the car. This is the prefferred angle for the "executives" They want to see it as if they were standing in front of it. I startrd creating my own cars at around 16 & I started watching the "concept cars" to try to guess where the car companies were going. Also get & start using a 3D modelling tool for the computer. Here is a free demo of a fairly cheap program (but at $895 it ain't chicken feed) http://www.rhino3d.com/
These tips plus TONS of practice SHOULD get you well on your way to a design studio job. (your stuff looks as good as mine did at the same age)
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Posted by lordairgtar on Tuesday, March 08, 2005 10:24 PM
You got a good start there, moparman. Like crzyhrs said , keep going , keep practising

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