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Alright so it’s about time I posted more stuff from this project…! Some of the sketch work and a couple final renderings. :D

Somewhat “round 2″ for the bush plane project, for those who saw the first set from when I posted the preliminary stuff right out from my Honda internship.

Planview ended up staying pretty much the same since I liked it so much, though for school it’s the interior that really went through the wringer, and making the overall design flow together much better (since the interior and exterior are visually very much part of each other.)

Model photos coming soon! :D


More on this project here: mechanized-monsters.com/honda-…

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NOMANSNODEAD Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
This is tight!
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Petardawnabial Featured By Owner May 4, 2016
that propeller right at your face, i dont know bout that
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It's doable: www.bushplanedesign.com/upload… And not uncommon in ultralights either: www.ultralightnews.com/ssulbg/…

A production version might have it pushed a little further forwards if anything! The big reason was to have it up and away to improve downward visibility.
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lonewolf-R87 Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that looks like a lotta fun to fly Wow! 
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Loone-Wolf Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Professional General Artist
This is marvelous!
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank ye! 
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Vrshaw Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
What made you decide on Honda? For your internship.
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I just see a lot of (untapped) potential with them - they're automotive and in general I'm trying to stay away from that since I feel like it's a very limited area for industrial design, but they have the powersports branch (I love motorcycles and could design them all day, they're so fun) as well as a hand in aviation (HondaJet.) Having experience and a solid grip in a range of fields, I think they could do anything and kick ass at it - if they got up and stopped being so afraid to try something new (unfortunately a common problem I'm seeing in general in the transportation industry.) They used to be leaders in the transportation field, and it would be great to see them jump on that again - not only from the engineering standpoint, but with visual design as well.

I can't exactly post everything I did for them, the plane was more of a personal project whereas the rest was for actual projects, but their advanced studio does a ton of really interesting stuff that I hope makes it into reality.
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Vrshaw Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't even realize Honda did much outside of cars, I guess I never really hear about them much outside of their commercials, and I go to an engineering academy. There are a lot of jack-of-all-trade companies that exist and do their job well, but there are a lot of companies who tend to be single focus, and when they try to branch out they can hurt themselves in the process. There are always exceptions, big ones, too (Google). Though, if it's particularly smart for Honda to start spreading out and really taking a large interest in other technical fields they could cause themselves problems. Also, as the autonomous vehicle is starting to become bigger and bigger, it might be a bad time for Honda to start splitting up and instead start putting a more concentrated focus on automobiles. In order to beat the upcoming race to dish out the best self-driving car at the fastest time.

Cars are probably going to be huge in upcoming decade or so, you might be stuck surrounded by the latest companies trying to automate cars and hit the market the hardest. Albeit, it might spread quickly into aviation, though motorcycles might be a bit harder to automate compared to cars.
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Funny enough the automotive part was a distraction for them, that wasn't even their main bread and butter starting out! They were the king of motorcycles and internal combustion engines. As for the autonomous/systems stuff, again I can't say much but let's say that is very much happening. It's a very popular subject with car companies right now - and I think those that will survive are the ones that understand human-vehicle interface the best and will expand their companies into a more service-based platform too.

The automotive world is fast changing, and it'll be interesting to see what happens in the coming years. The hardware for it is all there, it's now all up to the software/system and regulatory sides of this thing. A lot of the tech has been around for decades, it's just a matter of it finally getting implemented!

Aviation is already on its way to being automated, that's happening very fast as well. As for motorcycles? Doubt it - but that's something I like about them and other powersports vehicles. As cars develop into personal transport spaces/an autonomous network in which it might not even be a common thing to own a car anymore in the cities, the powersports market has huge potential to combine with all this new tech and make personal adventure/entertainment even more fun and accessible - being the new "escape" which is what cars used to be. Who knows!
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Vrshaw Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh, if you told me now that Honda was best known for their motorcycles, I would've called you crazy. They're definitely not in the mental prototype of making anything besides tiny SUVs and sedans.

Also, have your coworkers seen much of your other work? The mechanized monsters and such. If so, what do they think of it? Just curious.
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I know right? It's kinda unfortunate, they seem to be in a rut with their vehicles. The designers have great ideas, it's just about pushing the corporate juggernaut to actually make them happen.

Yeah it's well known that I do the vehicle monsters and dragons and such, haha!! Even at my grad show I had some of that work up alongside the vehicle projects for school. People generally love it, it doesn't always tie into the projects but I'll often do storyboarding or mix the more "entertainment" side into my work in a fun way. Seems to entertain people at least! And since I freelance on the side sometimes with creature/concept design stuff, I don't have any reason to hide it since it's very much part of what I do.
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Vrshaw Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That's pretty awesome, I'm not really one to be proud of my work, so I don't normally share it personally. Though, you've got some awesome stuff that should be flaunted like a flag. I've kinda wondered what could happen if some of your mechanized creature concepts got into a movie like your Whalewolf creation. You think the public would enjoy an intense, action packed movie about twisted, monster versions of every day machines wreaking having?

Anyways, I wish you luck on your internship. I should stop hanging around DA, it's getting late where I am.
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oh man that would be super fun to work on - who knows! I think there would be a lot of potential for something like that, you could really freak people out ;D 

And the internship was over last fall, right now it's on the full time job search since I've officially graduated - but who knows, I might still end up back at Honda, haha! Thanks!

Good night!
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