Working within the brief as set out by Steve Randle at the outset, Driven to Write’s Richard Herriott draws upon his design background to produce a series of sketches for our putative Citroën Grande Berline.
Drawings 1-3 take a graphic rather than sculptural approach.
Drawing 1 establishes base criteria of the car which are a long front, short rear, long wheel base, fared arches, fastback and non-aggressive.
Drawing 2 emphasises break at A-pillar to bonnet and adds a vestigial boot, nose profile adjusted, dropped window line; adds an aero separation feature at the rear corner.
Drawing 3: Roof is raised; round corner at the tail is affecting the look of the front; window line is a place holder; rear lamps suggest themselves in response to the previous aero line at the rear.
Drawing 4: This is a sideline, using highlight lines as the guide.
Drawing 5: Back to graphic approach. Raised window line, used French curves, adjusted a-pillar and bonnet. Changed boot and bumper to have an inflection and no vestigial boot.
Drawing 6: As for 4 but with panel gaps and shutlines and some shading.
Drawing 7: started from drawing 1; added shutlines, lamps and details, longer nose, pointier front, revised the tail profile to borrow from 5 and 6. The small “tree” diagram shows the design pathway. Each drawing is numbered.
Drawing 8 is a 3D sketch of the profile in 7.
Drawing 9 is from drawing 8 with revised lamps. The rear is too “heavy” due to the faired in rear wheels.
Drawing 10 reverts to profile and has a revised rear wheel fairing and adds a catwalk on the DLO. Drawing 10 represents a side profile that would be worked out in 3D using clay modelling and CAD in dialogue.