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Cosmic Motors: Spaceships, Cars and Pilots of Another Galaxy (English and German Edition) Paperback – December 17, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Design Studio Press (December 17, 2007)
  • Language: English, German
  • ISBN-10: 1933492279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933492278
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Barbarella, F1, Star Wars and James Bond in a blender!" -- BBC Top Gear magazine

"Daniel uses his powers of visual believability to make the incredible seem achievable.... truly amazing." -- Chris Bangle, car design icon

"Simon is using 3D to stunning effect in his hyper-real vision of a parallel universe. Extraordinary imagination!" -- 3D Artist magazine

About the Author

Daniel Simon is an internationally acclaimed designer and trailblazing virtual image creator. He worked for hyper car maker Bugatti and collaborated with Formula 1, Puma and Lotus. Simon is author of the best-selling book 'Cosmic Motors', a collection of spectacular science-fiction vehicles, and the 2013 book series 'The Timeless Racer'. Since 2008 Simon has worked with famed directors to create vehicles for Hollywood blockbusters such as Tron: Legacy, Captain America, Prometheus, and the upcoming Oblivion. He lectures around the globe at leading design colleges and global corporations, and is a car and motorsport enthusiast.

More About the Author

Daniel Simon (1975) is a concept designer, author, photographer and producer.
After working as a Senior Car Designer for Volkswagen and hypercar maker Bugatti, he started working in Hollywood as a Vehicle Concept Designer in 2008.
Simon created unforgettable vehicles for Tron: Legacy, Captain America, Prometheus and Oblivion.
Interested in alternative worlds and history, Simon creates his own books. 'Cosmic Motors', published in late 2007, paved his way into the movie industry and set new standards in 3D design and visualization. 'The Timeless Racer', his second book - coming in June 2013 - is already praise by BBC Top Gear magazine as 'the next big coup' and has a foreword by famed racing icon Jacky Ickx.
Simon also collaborated with racing outfits. He designed the livery for the 2011 Formula 1 team HRT and the current Le Mans efforts of the Lotus LMP2 team. Simon lectures about design at universities and conferences in California, Japan, Brazil and Germany.

Customer Reviews

The stories are entertaining to read and the illustrations are great.
Alejandro Saavedra
The only reason I gave it only 4 of 5 is because the book has fallen apart in my hands, just like the first copy I bought and returned!!!
PDXROWER
As a 2d/3d artist I was inspired by the concepts that Simon created and his use of photography, 3d and 2d apps to bring his work to life.
W. Petty

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on November 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
Length: 0:27 Mins
In this book contains some of the best 3D vehicle renderings I've ever seen. There are spaceships, cars and bikes.

You have seen the ships from Star Wars, now imagine the vehicles are 10 times sleeker. That's what you get in this book.

Daniel Simon has also include over hundreds of his concept design sketches for his vehicles. Not only that, he has provided interesting back stories into the history of the vehicles.

What is Cosmic Motors?

Cosmic Motors is an independent manufacturer of vehicles of all kinds, located in the center of the Galaxion Galaxy. CoMo, as it is affectionately referred to by its fans, was founded by the famous Redooa brothers in the Galaxion year 8966-B. (From the book)

The most amazing part of the book is the super realistic renders. Those sexy models standing beside the vehicles are real life models. They are composited onto the 3D illustration later on. Details are added later, such as reflections of the models and mechanics on the glossy car surfaces. The photos, no, illustrations are printed big for showing off all the glorious details. They are so good I have hard time believing they are not real.

This book is highly recommended for concept artists into futuristic designs and vehicles.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on November 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
Very impressive! I haven't seen future concepts as good as this since I bought a copy of Syd Mead's 'Sentinel' in the late seventies. Interestingly, on page 126, Daniel Simon credits Mead as the inspiration for the staging and vehicle concepts of his work and on page 127 there is a concept car with romantic princess and a tiger on a leash: pure Mead.

Any future fan will love this book. Based around the mythical Cosmic Motors Company located in the middle of the Galaxion Galaxy. The companies nine vehicles are presented in stunning color digital reality and you really have to see this work to appreciate the love and control Simon has put into each image. He says all his work is produced using Autodesk AliasStudio software. As well as the color imagery each unit has plenty of concept art in sepia and black.

The thing that really grabbed me about the images is the used look. This is tech that has been used out there in the galaxies, dirt, scratches, wisps of smoke or dirty exhausts suggests hard working units. Another thing that gives everything a cool look is all the bits of lettering and graphics that seem to pepper racing cars, jets and other bits of high technology. Syd Mead's art used some of this material but had to hand-letter the stuff, now software makes it much easier, precise and credible.

The book is a handsome design job with 175 screen on art paper. All the art has captions and a sort of running story involving the vehicles and their use in the future. Fans of virtual reality art will love it and this raises the obvious question: when will the second edition be out!

***SEE SOME INSIDE PAGES by clicking 'customer images' under the cover.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alejandro Saavedra on March 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have to say that I am very pleased with the illustrations and drwaings that Daniel Simon has cretaed for this book. The stories are entertaining to read and the illustrations are great. If you are looking for clean drawings, you will find it here. A lot of 3D renderings are shown for the final piece of each major vehicle he produces for the book, but there are nice progression pages that show Simon going from rough drawing concepts, to refined pen drawings with photoshop shading to complete detail perfect images. If you are a car designer, want to be one, or appreciate them, you need this in your library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kerim Cenani on December 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
I came across this book after reading a FastCompany interview with Darren Gilford, the designer for the 2010 movie "Tron: Legacy". Daniel Simon, the artist of "Cosmic Motors" have been chosen to design the new version "Light Cycles" for the movie, after Darren Gilford and director Joe Kosinki saw a copy of Cosmic Motors.

Darren says: "Joe and I found this book called Cosmic Motors from this new conceptual artist, Daniel Simon, this automotive designer who was the first guy I've ever seen that was conceptualizing in 3-D. He is an incredible 3-D artist. We reached out and made a commitment that we wanted him to work on this movie. I would say I got the Light Cycle 60% of the way there, but I can't take credit - it was Daniel's final design. His sense of styling and automotive history and detail really brought this design to fruition. I would say Daniel's design is probably one of the most iconic vehicles ever brought to screen."

You can see Daniel's completed work on "Tron: Legacy" on The Art of Tron: Legacy

I immediately went and purchased the book and i must say i am thoroughly impressed with Daniel's vision and art.

Although the 1st edition of the hardcover version is sold out, there are some extremely expensive copies available. This paperback version makes a great coffee table book, which instantly brings back memories of all the iconic vehicles of the movies like the DeLorean from Back To The Future, Audi RSQ from i-Robot, Lexus 2054 from Minority Report and Cadillac Cien from The Island.

I gave this book 4 stars, because (as some other reviewers before me correctly mentioned) the binding of this paperback edition is not of top quality. But Daniel's art most definitely is.
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