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Without a doubt, the greatest industrial designer of the 20th Century (and possibly of all time) was Raymond Loewy. His designs were light years ahead of his contemporaries. When the New York Central Railroad was building streamlined locomotives that looked like upside down bathtubs, Raymond Loewy was designing sleek ultra modern streamline steam locomotives for the Pennsylvania Railroad. He designed the shark nosed T-1 [link] , the rocket styled S-1 [link] , the famed GG1Electric and he even streamlined the Pennsy's venerable K-4 Pacific 4-6-2. Among his other industrial marvels was the Studebaker Avanti sports car [link] . He is also noted for having designed the Shell Oil Company logo. Loewy shaped modern design. He was copied, but never duplicated. Form and function ruled the day and Raymond Loewy was the King.
My illustration shows Mr. Loewy and his Pennsylvania Railroad S-1 steam locomotive.
Visit: [link]
Adobe Illustrator 8.0, Power Mac G4
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UnexpectedSwede Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
We thank him very much.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
Yeah, just totally brilliant design.
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ArdsleyTank Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent.

'Nuff said.


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yankeedog Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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ArdsleyTank Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem.
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FriscoWolf Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
did you know that he also designed the slender coca cola bottle?
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yes, he was an amazing designer. Even more significant was the impact his designs had on other designers. He influenced great design for many decades. His designs continue to inspire me.
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Enrico1946 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This man must have been quite a wonder for the railroads, especially the style of locomotives he designed was totally unique and streamlined like a rocket or an ocean liner, wonderful poster man :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
Keep it up :#1:
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes, he was amazing, not just as a locomotive designer, but in automotive and all forms of industrial. He influenced the design of others too, so his work was even farther reaching by osmosis and outright copying of his style and design. And then when you think this designed in the 1930, his design style influenced all the design in the years that followed.
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SONBoomer Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
The King of Art Deco that is.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
He was a master of the style.
-YD
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duraluminwolf Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006
Aren't they just the best?
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006  Professional General Artist
Yep!!!
-YD
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duraluminwolf Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006
Oh, and going back to Harley Earl, I take it you've seen the Buick Y-Job, form 1938? The car looked about 10 of 15 years ahead of its time, when it was first built. That is one of my all-time favourite cars. That's one thing I've noticed. The pair of us share an avid interest in famous American car designs.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006  Professional General Artist
Besides Jeep, Buick has always been my favorite American make. There are several Buick illustrations in my gallery. I always remember my uncle Mike having a big old Buick with the chrome holes in the fenders! The Y-Job was very cool.
-YD
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duraluminwolf Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006
My top seven favourite marques are Cadillac (1920-80), Dodge (1955-70), Oldsmobile (1934-75), Pontiac (1935-80), Chrysler (1934-75), Desoto (1933-60) and Buick (1936-73)-even though I've never driven a car in my life!!

BTW, do you see many classic cars travelling on the roads, where you are?
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006  Professional General Artist
Good selections! I pretty much like anything from the 30's the the 50's. You're probably smart not learning to drive. I used to like driving a lot more when I was younger.

Yeah, there are a lot of classic cars here in Pittsburgh, but you only see them on nice days. Pittsburgh is in the heart of what they call the Rust Belt. We have to use rock salt and cinders on the roads to keep them clear of snow and ice in the winter and it has a very damaging effect on cars. Nice days are pretty rare. :-( People around here who have classic cars call them "Sunday Cars" because they only drive them on nice Sundays. :-) A friend of mine has several classic MG's and BMW's. A guy I work with has a brother who builds Street Rods, he has a '33 Chevy that he's building now. Father's Day is always a big day for classic car shows around here. A lot of restaurants organize car cruises during the summer. There are also a lot of local classic car clubs too.
-YD
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duraluminwolf Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006
I suppose you could say it's like "putting on your Sunday best". I would have thought that any American car over 20 or 30 years old would have been taxed off the roads.

I also like 1938-62 Fords, 1936-75 Lincolns, 1939-70 Mercs, 1952-3 Hudsons, Cords and Deusys, and of course, not forgetting the early-40's-50's Studebaker (in particular, the "bullet-nose" 1951 models)
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006  Professional General Artist
I'd like to have a Sunday Car. :-) Actually for classic tags it's cheaper than regualr tags, but I think your miles are restricted, but if you're only driving it on nice days,you're not going to put many miles on it. It'd be like having a motorcycle, pretty much November to March you would be limited to a handful of nice days.

Some good selections there, especially the Studebaker! Did you see this? [link]
-YD
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duraluminwolf Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006
Oh, and going back to Harley Earl, I take it you've seen the Buick Y-Job, form 1938? The car looked about 10 of 15 years ahead of its time, when it was first built. That is one of my all-time favourite cars. That's one thing I've noticed. The pair of us share an avid interest in famous American car designs.
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duraluminwolf Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006
Oh, and going back to Harley Earl, I take it you've seen the Buick Y-Job, form 1938? The car looked about 10 of 15 years ahead of its time, when it was first built. That is one of my all-time favourite cars. That's one thing I've noticed. The pair of us share an avid interest in famous American car designs.
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duraluminwolf Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006
Oh, and going back to Harley Earl, I take it you've seen the Buick Y-Job, form 1938? The car looked about 10 of 15 years ahead of its time, when it was first built. That is one of my all-time favourite cars. That's one thing I've noticed. The pair of us share an avid interest in famous American car designs.
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duraluminwolf Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2006
Don't forget Norman Bel Geddes. His designs were out of this world!!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2006  Professional General Artist
Geddes did some interesting work too! I like his radio designs, his flying car and his streamline bus! Very cool stuff. It's amazing how they saw the future to be.

I really like Loewy's work the best of any of the great industrial designers of the streamline era . Loewy's designs were so sleek, pure and elegant.
-YD
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duraluminwolf Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2006
What do you think of Harley Earl's automobile designs?
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2006  Professional General Artist
What can you say about Harley J. Earl? Fuck'n brilliant!!! He was the automobile! He influenced American automotive design not just at GM, but also at Ford and Chrysler too.

You know, he also designed railroad locomotives for GM's Electo-Motive Division, EMD. Some of the designs were weird, but they were all very innovative. I especially liked his Aerotrain concept that looked like a big old Buick on rails. Unfortunately it was a major flop, for all it possessed in beautiful design, it lacked in smooth ride and practicality, but it was so cool to look at! :-) The PRR tested the Aerotrain, but the lightweight railcars rode so rough at high speed that they would jar filling from your teeth. The Pennsy never ordered any.

The E and F diesel electrics were the most beautiful and popular locomotives ever built and almost single handily spelled the end of the steam era on America's railroads. Here's a cool web site about him and his designs: [link] Check out the train page: [link] the Aerotrain is near the bottom of the page. It's really hard to comprehend everything Harley Earl did, impressive is an understatement.
-YD
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duraluminwolf Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
Just out of curiousity, who was supposed to have designed the first car to have a wraparound windshield?
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006  Professional General Artist
Never gave it much thoughtI always assumed that it was Harley Earl, but I suspect that it was done first in Europe. I never had a car with a wrap around windshield, Jeeps are flat. :-)
-YD
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duraluminwolf Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006
I've always thought the "bubble canopy" style of windshield to be exclusive to early post-war American car design. I know there was a similar sort of feature on the 1939/40 GM "Futurliner" show vehicles. They were dropped after about a decade because it made the driver's compartment too hot.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006  Professional General Artist
You are probably right. When you look at the P-51D Mustang and it's bubble canopy, it's easy to see the designers in Detroit who were highly influenced by aviation just licking their chops to incorporate this style into their designs, it truly was an enlightened period in design.
-YD
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RadStude Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2006
I really like this picture, and I totally agree with you on Loewy being the greatest industrial designer of the 20th century. I'm aching for a 1953 Studebaker Starliner and a 1963 Avanti...but unfortunately I'm a broke college student.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thanks! RL was the greatest! Those old Studs rock, I'd love to find a '50 something Stud PU truck. Well, you have something to shoot for when you graduate and land a job. Did you see this? [link]
-YD
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fragmented Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2003
amazing detail on the suit
all around nice composition!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2003  Professional General Artist
Thanks! We'll have to credit the unknown photographer with the nice composition, but everything else you can blame on me. -YD
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xxdisciplexx Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2003
That's amazing work man.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2003  Professional General Artist
Thanks! It helps when you are inspired by the subject. I've been a fan of Raymond Loewy's work for a long time and wanted to do a fitting tribute to his art. -YD
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exodestalgia Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2003
Very nice |clean| piece, im going to have to check your gallery now
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zimo Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2003
This piece rocks!
congrats, i really like it. It's clean and amazing!.
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steelcitdesignr Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2003  Professional Interface Designer
I must say, I think this is one of my favorites of your work so far! And considering I think you are the master of pinup and airplane art, I think that tells you what I think of this one! The rendering of the face and the person... I think it an incredibly composed piece! Love the retro feel to it!! Think I might need a print of this one!
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hundertdavid Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2003
yes, streamlined is always nice!
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tyhopho Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2003  Hobbyist Photographer
another 'top notch' :) vector yankee - nice to have another historical description to give it even more depth. great work
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adrunkinhobo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2003
good job on this +fav
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weezie Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2003  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You don't see too many historical vectors these days, I like it! And you have a G4, which rocks, thats what I use.
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asclaire Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2003
:OMFG: you are an historian ! I didnt see his face before, a man of great designer indeed, top work :)
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imrik Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2003  Professional Interface Designer
Yes. No doubt. Itīs great to see people going back. looking at the top class. Good work on his eyes and the retro look. The blue from the sky burns is really heavy on the eyes. But that doesnīt really matter. You did good detailled work on this one! Keep it up

imrik-
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