Ahh, the third generation Camaro. The IROC-Z was the dream car of my childhood, and to this day I consider it to be one of the first cars I’ll add to my collection if I ever find myself with the space (and funds) to store lots of cars. My uncle had one of these things, and he let me drive it – which thinking back on it was probably a pretty stupid thing to do. Throwing the keys from a high-performance car to a teenager with only a learners permit makes me shiver now that I’m a 40-something responsible old fart, but I’m not going to lie when I say that it was an experience I’ll never forget!
Following right along behind the quick sketch of the 1970 Nova I just posted is another quick digital sketch – this time of a 1987 IROC. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out quite as well as I hoped it would – but I know exactly why that happened and I’ll be sure to not make that same mistake with my next sketch.
The problem was that I decided to make this a very high-resolution illustration (5000x3000px), and the pencil brushes in SketchBook Pro are too thin at that resolution to get the nice heavy outline strokes that I like. The unfortunate result of that is a sketch that looks very thin with very little variance in line weight – a big no-no in my book (line weight is so important!) and I walked away from this one feeling quite unsatisfied. Oh well. Lesson learned.
I’m going to come right out and say it – I really hate the current design of the Camaro. Really, I want to like it but I just can’t. I grew up in the 80’s lusting after Z28’s and IROC-Z’s, dreaming of the day that I would be able to afford one of my own. Now that I’m older and in a better spot financially than I was back then, I just can’t bring myself to drive one of these things – they are just so darn awkward looking.
Here then, is a quick concept sketch I drew which shows how I would clean up the current generation Camaro. First of all, I got rid of the notchback look and brought back the large glass hatchback – which is a total throw-back to the third generation Camaro’s of the 80’s. Then I made sure to give the car a bit more of an aggressive stance. High in the back, low in the front – just as any pony car should be. Finally, I kept the front and rear overhangs tight and clean, and filled the wheel wells with rims inspired but he IROC wheels of the 80’s. Yeah, it’s retro.
From a rendering point of view, I started this one thinking that it was going to be totally easy. After all, who can’t draw a side view of a car? Strangely enough, I haven’t done a semi-detailed side view sketch and rendering like this in a long time, so I struggled a bit with getting the proportions correct. It’s probably a bit too toy-ish looking, and I should have reduced the size of the wheels a bit. Oh well – next time.
As always, this was created with my old Graphire 4 Wacom tablet using SketchBook Pro and Photoshop.