Rain Prisk independed conceptual artist
talking about automotive design and his path
My full name is Rain Prisk, a 24-year-old guy from Tallinn, Estonia.
I don't work for any company as a designer or an artist,
so far I've been doing it just as a hobby (although I have done some commissioned works).
I specialize in car body design
When I was 13, I read a local car magazine and saw an article about some guys who used Photoshop to virtually modify cars. I knew I had to try it too, so I opened up the Photoshop for the very first time and tried to modify a 7 series BMW. The end result looked absolutely horrible, but I really enjoyed the process and just kept trying and trying and eventually slowly started getting better at this every time I did something.
I have always been into cars. I remember flicking through car magazines when I was very young and my dad taking me to car shows. So when I found out about customizing the way cars look to your personal taste I just got more obsessed with them
I think what inspires me the most is just seeing the work and designs of other people. Whenever I see that someone have made some beautiful or interesting looking designs, it instantly gets me in the mood to open up the Photoshop and start doing something myself. Also, every day when I walk outside and see cars driving the past, I almost always start to imagine how I would change them and make it stand out. Sometimes I really like the idea that I come up with this way and can't wait to get home and start working on it.
THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE
The biggest challenge for me is to actually make everything look like they belong to the picture. When I come up with some idea how I would change the design of some car and start working on it, it doesn't always turn out the way I pictured it in my head. I can spend hours and hours trying to make it work and just give up after a while. I then either completely change the idea that I had at first or just save the progress and come back to it and try again few days, sometimes weeks or months later.
I'm not sure if I have a unique style of my own yet that puts my work to stand out somehow from the rest, to be honest. I think that's because even though I have had that hobby for eleven years, I still feel like I'm in learning stages of it. With every picture I do, I still learn different things and methods on how to get better and more effective, and because of that, the style of my work keeps changing as the time goes on.
I have a lot of artists who I look up to. They are all doing the same thing as me - modifying cars in Photoshop. The guys whose work I most admire are Glacius and Khyzyl Saleem. Glacius have been very active in our community since I can remember. When I started with this hobby, he was already very good at this and I still remember some of the concepts he did almost 10 years ago. The attention to details he puts in his work to make everything look perfect is amazing to me.
Khyzyl Saleem is my all time favorite artist. He is so incredibly creative and has a unique style. He always comes up with stuff so different from the rest of us and I always get excited when I see that he had uploaded some new work he has done. Seeing his work has inspired me to put more effort into stuff I do.
When I start with a concept from scratch, I start with a very rough sketch to get some idea what the design will look like. If I don't like how the initial sketch turns out, then I just close the window in Photoshop without saving it and either try again from the start or open up some older in progress work and continue with that. If I'm happy how the sketch looks, then I'll continue with sketching out lights, windows and some other lines on the car. After that, I start brushing the paint and start working on the details.
If I only design a body kit or some other details on a car, then I open up a photo of the car and fill the parts I need to redesign to make them blank and just start sketching a new design on it.
I don't think I know the secret to a successful concept and I think that's a good thing. If I knew what makes a concept successful, then I'm afraid I would keep doing the same thing for too long and wouldn't make as much progress as I do now. It's important to get out of your comfort zone and try something different every now and then.