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Once He Drew Lamborghini, And Now He Corrects Other People's Mistakes: A Conversation With An Auto Designer Blogger

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Once He Drew Lamborghini, And Now He Corrects Other People's Mistakes: A Conversation With An Auto Designer Blogger
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His name is Marouane, but he is known to the automotive YouTube community as SketchMonkey, with 220,000 subscribers to its channel. What does he do? For example, he takes car monsters like Fiat Multipl or Pontiac Aztec and tries to make decent cars out of them. His video about "fixing" an Italian misunderstanding has collected 1.1 million views, and the video with the American cross is about to exceed a million!

And Marouane also indulges in taking old cars and drawing modern versions of them. He did this, for example, with the BMW E30, Ford Thunderbird and ToyotSuprA80. Last week, we asked SketchMonkey to think about what a version of the legendary VAZ-2108 might look like in 2020. Here's what he did.

LadSamara redesign
LadSamara redesign
Fiat Multipla redesign
Fiat Multipla redesign
GMC Vandura redesign
GMC Vandura redesign
Lamborghini Countach redesign
Lamborghini Countach redesign
Lamborghini Countach redesign
Lamborghini Countach redesign
Chrysler PT Cruiser redesign
Chrysler PT Cruiser redesign
Chrysler PT Cruiser redesign
Chrysler PT Cruiser redesign

Like? Write your opinion in the comments - and to understand why the car came out like this, watch the video (soon it will have Russian subtitles). In it, Marouane talks about Soviet cars and draws our favorite "chisel". And while he was doing this, we asked him a whole bunch of questions - about the most beautiful and ugliest cars, cars of the future and much more. Read Marouane's answers right after the video.

Tell us about yourself and why you started doing automotive design

My name is Marouane Bembli and I was born in Stockholm but now I live in Florida. I've been drawing as long as I can remember, but it wasn't always cars. As a child, I painted portraits of friends and hung them on the wall at school. I know this is a little weird.

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Cars have always fascinated me - there is something special about them. For me, they connect people and their experiences. They allow you to discover the world and travel the way you want. Besides, the car is your statement to the public. What you ride speaks of who you are, reflects your personality.

Finally, a car is a work of art, a sculpture on wheels. This is why I came into automotive design: I wanted to create these sculptures and give shape to what is the essence of each car.

So I studied for a Bachelor of Industrial Design and then went to Italy where I got my Master's degree in Automotive Design.

What was the first car you drew?

Oh, remember … Today it would be great to look at this drawing. Alas, it has not survived, but I suspect that it was just a box with two rounds - we all draw our first car the same way. But we will never know the truth!

Three cars that inspired you to become an automotive designer. What was special about them?

I realized that an automobile designer is a real profession by looking at Hyundai sonata… My father and I went to the store, and there was a brochure about this model at the checkout. I was about eight or nine years old.

I opened the brochure - and it told about the way the designers went in their search for the shape … of the rear-view mirrors. The mirrors were beautiful: streamlined, as if carved by the winds over the centuries.

Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger

Then there was Mercedes-Benz SL500 in the back of R129… I love this car - it is elegant, solid and simply beautiful. I think that it was at that time - from 1989 to 2001 - that Mercedes was at the top of design and image.

Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger

I'm also a big fan Volvo S60 2001 and in general their then style with a pronounced shoulder line. It seems to be the good old Scandinavian design, but in a fresh reading.

Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger

Why don't you work for some car company?

While studying in Italy, we worked on projects for Audi, Volkswagen and Lamborghini. It was an interesting time, and even then it was possible to roughly understand what it was like to be an automobile designer. At first it seemed to me that this is when one person draws an awesome car, and then the company takes it and puts it into production. Of course, things work differently.

In general, I did not want to spend five years drawing options for mirrors for cars, which are not at all a fact that they will go into series.I also lack the perseverance for 3D modeling and corporate meetings. I wanted to work for myself and according to my own rules. And here I am.

Which three cars do you think are the most beautiful in history and why?

Oh, this is a tricky question. If I had to choose the only one at all, then it would be Ferrari 275 GTB… As for me, nothing more beautiful can be imagined. There are lines, proportions and details that never cease to be stylish - and most of them come from this Ferrari. This is a machine that will only become more beautiful over time - and just against the backdrop of the new design trends that we are inventing. She's special.

Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger

I will mention again Mercedes-Benz SL500 R129: the latest 2001 series in black, factory AMG package and on 18-inch wheels looks fantastic. A classic, solid Gran Turismo with elegant lines and proportions.

Of course, there are still countless beautiful cars, but the third I will choose the American classics - 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback… Necessarily 1967 and necessarily fastback! One of the most beautiful ass in automotive history.

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Redesign: SketchMonkey
Redesign: SketchMonkey

And now the three scariest cars in the world - and why are they?

Pontiac aztek so ugly that it's even adorable. The company wanted to do something special, and it clearly succeeded. Seriously, this is the case when the design is so bad it is even good! It was as if two cars were simply stacked on top of each other, without taking care of any relationship. I once made a video with the redesign of this model - I had to sweat, but the result came out even nothing.

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Redesign: SketchMonkey
Redesign: SketchMonkey

Another "laureate" - Isuzu VehiCross… The same as with the Aztec: this car is so ugly that I almost want to buy it. Looks like she's been overeating and is about to explode. And the proportions are very strange. But cool that they did it!

Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger

In third place is the original Fiat Multipla… The restyled version is not much better, but there is at least some idea and structured approach. And the first one looks like a melted piece of cheese.

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Redesign: SketchMonkey
Redesign: SketchMonkey

When did humanity make the most beautiful cars in general - in the thirties, fifties, seventies?

In general, from the thirties to the seventies, the cars looked much more interesting than the current ones. And before that, the approach was too utilitarian: the car just had to work, and in terms of style, there is not much to talk about there.

But then the car became part of the fashion world. Big fins of the 50s, muscle cars of the 60s and 70s are what America lived like. Meanwhile, Europe was developing a branch of small and fast sports cars.

If you choose one decade, then this sixties… Back then, designers were in charge of the product, not engineers. It was a unique time when artists and sculptors could attach four wheels to their masterpiece and release it into the world.

1963 Ford Thunderbird Retrofit: SketchMonkey
1963 Ford Thunderbird Retrofit: SketchMonkey
1967 Corvette Stingray Retrofit: SketchMonkey
1967 Corvette Stingray Retrofit: SketchMonkey

And now about the era that presented the ugliest cars …

Eighties and nineties… Of course, at this time there were also enough cool and beautiful models, but the bulk was frankly gray - as if creativity and joy had left the designers. In the 80s, everything was drawn on a ruler, and in the 90s, cars turned into remnants.

Three of the most beautiful cars presented in the last five years

When I first saw De Tomaso P72, I almost lost my mind. This is a real flashback in the sixties, great shape and proportion. And the color is right.

Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger

I love the current Mazd style and especially new hatch Mazda3… An example of how simplicity, the combination of literally a few key lines and graphic elements, can shape the image of an entire brand.

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SketchMonkey redesign
SketchMonkey redesign

And it would be necessary to add a wagon here. Volvo V90… Someone says that "sheds" look ugly - this opinion is especially popular here in the United States. But let's all admit that the V90 is amazing. Pure Scandinavian design somewhere at the intersection of cars and architecture, long, sweeping lines across the entire body … Amazing.

Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger

You guessed it, right? We are waiting for the top three ugliest debutants

I like TeslCybertruckbut is he handsome? Oh no, no and no. I love the boldness, the futuristic and the minimalism, but it's definitely not art.

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Redesign: SketchMonkey
Redesign: SketchMonkey

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe just shouldn't be in this world. At least not under the BMW brand. It looks like an ordinary "deuce", only on stilts and with a strange face. Horror.

Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger

Well Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross… I have no idea what the Japanese were thinking, creating this monster, and in addition calling it Eclipse. Some kind of shame!

Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger

How will cars look in 5, 10, 30 years? What will be their differences from the current ones?

We are moving towards electrification, so think about the space that the engine and transmission occupy today. All this will be left to the power of designers who can come up with something like that. This space can be given to luggage, passengers, electric motors or, for example, batteries to increase the range.

I don't think electric cars will start to differ much in design from regular cars tomorrow or anytime soon. But when the audience gets used to them, I think we will see something truly new and unusual.

Does this mean that some body variants will disappear completely in the near future?

Sedans are already dying - and that's sad. People prefer crossovers over them, and I can't figure out why. Perhaps it's the increased ground clearance and the feeling that such cars should be potentially safer …

Hopefully the station wagons will come back into fashion one day, but I'm not sure about that. Because everyone only buys crossovers.

What tools do you use to create drawings?

If I draw by hand, then this is regular printer paper and a BiC pen. Sometimes also markers - mainly for light shades of gray. And in digital I use a Huion tablet and Photoshop.

Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger

How long does it take for one sketch?

It strongly depends on how complex the idea is. Sometimes you can hover over a drawing for 3-4 hours and redo it several times before I am satisfied. And sometimes I know exactly what I want, and then the digital redesign fits into an hour or two.

"Analog" drawings with a pen on paper are given faster: usually I spend no more than 20-30 minutes and take on the next one.

Have you ever redrawn a car and the original still looks better?

When I work on legends, I'm not really trying to "improve" them, but rather I'm trying to present modernized versions of them. For example, ToyotSuprA80 - I love its design, it's a classic. My version certainly does not look better, but it is exactly more modern - in the sense in which I see it.

But why are your "reimagined" machines better than the original?

And I'm not saying that they are all better. Some are just other variations of the same car, some are modern interpretations. Well, some, for my taste, really look prettier than the originals.

For example, the redesign of the Fenyr Supersport. As for me, this car lacks an idea, a stylistic core. The lines run haphazardly, as if five different design options were blinded into one.

Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger
Once he drew Lamborghini, and now he corrects other people's mistakes: a conversation with an auto designer blogger

I tried to give this appearance unambiguity and identity, graphically connect the front and back. Create a cohesive and confident look. And yes, I think it came out better than the original.

What do you drive yourself?

On a bright orange 2015 Dodge Dart and 2014 Triumph Bonneville.

And if you fantasize about the garage of your dreams?

Mercedes-Benz SL500 R129, Volvo P1800, Porsche 911 Turbo 964, Ferrari 458 Itali in Grigio Silverstone, 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback - and LadNiv are perfect for fun off-roading with the family. Seriously!

How do you manage to be a car designer without working for a car company - and still earn enough to make a living?

No problem. You don't have to work for your uncle to support yourself. Especially today, in the era of the Internet and social networks, when the whole world is just a couple of clicks away from you.

You can use your skills and experience to teach others, create drawings and sell them online, be a consultant, freelance or, like me, start a Youtube channel and become an online teacher. Of course, it will take some time, but if you try and enjoy what you do, success will definitely come.

Lamborghini Aventador redesign: SketchMonkey
Lamborghini Aventador redesign: SketchMonkey
Porsche 944 redesign: SketchMonkey
Porsche 944 redesign: SketchMonkey

I had a dream job as a designer and left in 2016. I thought it was mine, but in the end I realized that I can't stand the corporate lifestyle and I want to create something according to my own rules.

It took me several years to understand what this "something" should be, and today I have a feeling that everything is just beginning. Modern opportunities to share our work, to do what we are burning and proud of, to unite people from all over the world is something.

And for this, you definitely don't need a job in a large company. All it takes is time, constant hard work and a lot of patience.

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