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OneWeek Experience: Car Design Sketching Course

One week to dive into the free-hand sketching techniques and take home tips and tricks from the automotive designer and sketching pro, Michele Leonello. An immersive experience in Milan, home of legendary brand Alfa Romeo.

Overview

Are you a student or a self-taught car design enthusiast, working to enhance your drawing skills? Are you ready for a stimulating and enriching crash course to take your sketching and fast rendering technique to the next level? Practice, experiment, test and practice again: you can learn and get reviews from the sketching master and design expert Michele Leonello.

Design theme

“When I see an Alfa Romeo pass by, I lift my hat.”, Henry Ford once said. This is the challenge of this intense week. Plunge yourself into the collection of Alfa Romeo masterpieces, from the icons that made the brand’s racing heritage to the models of undisputed beauty that still beat the competition in the auto shows. The program is comprised of a visit to the Alfa Romeo historical museum for a life-drawing session next to real works of art!

Design theme

“When I see an Alfa Romeo pass by, I lift my hat.”, Henry Ford once said. This is the challenge of this intense week. Plunge yourself into the collection of Alfa Romeo masterpieces, from the icons that made the brand’s racing heritage to the models of

undisputed beauty that still beat the competition in the auto shows. The program is comprised of a visit to the Alfa Romeo historical museum for a life-drawing session next to real works of art!

Course leader

With more than 18 years of experience in the automotive industry, Michele Leonello has worked with some of the most important car manufacturers and coachbuilders such as Alfa Romeo and Maserati, Rolls Royce, Zagato. Since 2008, he teaches sketching and rendering techniques at SPD in Milan, mentoring international student teams of the University Master in Car Design and of the One Year Course in Car Design Tools. With his energetic approach, he always succeeds in creating a challenging learning environment where students are committed to empower their skills and grow their individual talent. Thanks to his design approach, his classes manage to combine the attention to the graphic empowerment with the design guidance.

CERTIFICATE

At the end of the course, all participants will receive the attendance certificate issued by SPD.

The program is open to students or car enthusiasts who want to solidify their skills, either as a passion or a profession. Prior studies are a plus, motivation is essential.

The language of the course is English.

The course is currently starting its first edition. Soon the dates of the second edition will be available.

As tuition focuses on free-hand technique, Photoshop or SketchBook is not mandatory. You can bring your laptop and tablet, if you feel more at ease with digital sketching.

Program

Course content

Starting from a first assessment of your potential, the course will introduce you to the process of drawing cars, from the key elements such as line quality, shadows and highlights to the perspective drawing and colouring techniques. For each session, the teacher will give step-by-step tutorials and work side by side with you on engaging exercises. The first days will cover the sketching process and begin with pencil or ballpoint pen techniques to visualise volumes and proportions quickly and correctly, before adding colour effects. The last days will bring in design creativity too, as you will be asked to re-invent a model of your choice with doodles and eventually a fast rendering for presentation purposes. Ready to sketch?

Participation fee

€ 950 covering tuition, teaching materials, transfer and visit to the Alfa Romeo museum, lunch at the University canteen. Other meals, flights and all transport, accommodation*, stationery and sketching material, anything not expressly mentioned are not included.
(*information and support provided upon request)

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Enrolment

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Day 1

Morning: presentation of the week.
Car design sketching workflow from the doodles to fast colour rendering. Warm-up exercises to follow.
Afternoon: transfer to the Alfa Romeo museum  and guided tour of the collection with presentation of Alfa Romeo design criteria. Assisted sketching session of one of the iconic models on display.

Day 2

Morning and afternoon: demo on pencil or ballpoint pen techniques to draw and visualise volumes and proportions quickly and correctly; tips for the use of intuitive perspective. Assisted sketching session with final critique.

Day 3

Morning: tutor’s demo on different types of perspective view and sketching session to follow.
Afternoon: tutor’s demo introducing the usage of markers to define the volumes and surface-work; assisted sketching session with final critique.

Day 4

Morning: demo of fast rendering techniques with markers; step by step tutorial to achieve an emotional rendering quality in a fast yet expressive way. Practical session to follow.
Afternoon: demo on detailing work: wheels, greenhouse, headlamps… what’s more?
Practical session with final critique.

Day 5

Morning: wrap-up of the techniques introduced on the previous days. Final assignment: choose your favorite classic Alfa Romeo car and develop its modern interpretation!
Afternoon: assisted creative sketching session.

Day 6

Morning: free sketching session.
Afternoon: one-to-one review of the work and final recommendation from Michele Leonello. Last, a toast to celebrate the accomplishments of the week!