Gallery Gustavo Alcarde

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Gallery Gustavo Alcarde Phase 1 Model


I am Gustavo Alcarde, Body & Trim Designer currently working at IVECO Latin America, Brazil

I started with Graham at LearningAlias in july, 2012.
At that point, I was already passionate about Alias and I was looking for some specific coaching on Automotive Class "A" surfacing, I found LearningAlias and as soon as I saw the preview tutorials, I was sure I had landed in the right place, so I imediately subscribed, as Graham's student on the Elite course.


What follows is my experience building the P1 model, It is a very enjoyable exercise that will get you through the foundation of Automotive surface building.

Basically you will go through 3 models (Phases 1 , 2 & 3) which involves complete vehicle exteriors, adittionally you will perform exercises that will give you the skills needed for progressing to the next steps.

The Phase 1 model (P1) will teach you basically how your curves influence your surfaces, and your goal is to get nice surfaces based on carefully built curves with good curvature combs, your focus is not direct model the surfaces, but you need to pay attention on the hull lines, they will tell the quality of your surfaces . You might have heard before "your surfaces can be only as good as your curves", but I tell you, on these worklows for the P1 this will really stick to your mind. In this phase there are not many details like mirrors, grilles, trims, headlights, since you must focus on the main surfaces and the transitions, these details you will have to make later on


I started with the roof, you will model every curve paying attention to the pencil line, while checking the curvature comb. One key point for the roof is to leave it accelerated towards the cant rail, which is called "surface crowning ". The cant rail is a transition surface, and the important lesson I learned from Graham and Kevin De Smet is: "Don't expect a blend to perform miracles", you have to give the roof the lead in to the cant rail.



Here you can see how rough the transition from roof to cant rail becomes when you do not give enough acceleration on the edge of the roof


Hear you can see the difference, how the roof and rear screen create a suitable transition for the cant rail and even c-pillar

What I liked the most about LearningAlias is that you have an specific workflow for every part of your model, rear deck, shoulders, rear panels, roof, hood, bumper, aprons, pillars, side glass and all them very professional, for example, you will learn how to create a barrel side-glass on P1, which is a professional workflow for the side glass.


Take your time to build the shoulder curves, both the rail and generation profiles, do not overcrown the profile, as this will make your shoulder look bloated and will not give a good transition to the rear deck. What I did in fact for this model was to build the rear shoulder and deck with one surface (slab. This is used on the P2 build and I was allowed to use it on my P1. model, as Graham could see that I was keen to have a really good deck-C-pillar transition, even on my P1. model.). And this gave me the promised, seamless transition between shoulder and deck, and helped a lot the with getting the C-pillar blend flowing sweetly, so that I ended up with good highlights.


The fender for the P1 models has a great compromise with looking x worfklow simplicity (which you need at the beggining). The keypoint here is to build a nice crowned master surface behind the fender, which will give you the right lead in for the blend which makes the fender.


All the above I managed to learn in a condensed time, because I had been instructed by professionals, who gave me 1:1 attention, whenever I got stuck. Your models will be reviewed by Graham Bullock and Keving De Smet, the former has many years of experience, whilst the later has a fantastic technical knowledge of both Alias and Catia. They are both really talented modellers and great instructors, they will evaluate your model regularly and give you a lot of good advice and tips, letting you know which aspects of your model are up to Entry level Class "A" and which areas you need to improve.

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