Every day there are more amazing examples of what can be done in the computer before tools and metal meet for the first time. The finished computer concepts can be so photorealistic that unless you look really closely, and sometimes not even then, the computer image is undetectable from the real thing. When I recently pointed out the Specialized Venom bicycle designs, there was a link to the entire Photoshop process from initial sketch to final image, an amazing transition. The CAD bikes of Mark van der Kwaak are another example of 3D computer models that could probably be enhanced until photorealism was achieved.
What started my thinking today was a link to Nick Pugh’s site where you can send him a high resolution photo of yourself in front of a car which is then transformed into a concept car with you still in the photo. Nick has done some high end design work and this can be part of a process where you end up with a real car but he’s offering to do this just so you can have a photo of your dream car, too. (Before you send off that photo just remember, his work is probably not cheap.)
There is software available specifically for designers to take photo shoots with concept vehicles, no real vehicle actually needed. You shoot the scene and add the 3D image later. Neat.
This kind of work again points out how the computer gives many the tools to do amazing work, you, of course, still have to supply skill and talent. But regardless of ability, many have not had these tools before and we are seeing the output of many minds that would otherwise not have had the chance to shine. I love it.
Link to Nick Pugh via Make Blog