Author(s): Lars Dohmann
This volume is a unique contemporary work that portrays the development of individual Porsche models by means of the technical illustrations produced by Technical Art for the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer. In these elaborate illustrations, the progressive technology and pioneering innovation for which Porsche automobiles are renowned are literally transparent - an extraordinary visual experience. The story of these graphic illustrations also reflects the exciting technical developments in this field. Today electronic data processing has conquered almost all areas of everyday life. But in 1975 technical illustrations were still made by working from photographs, using brushes and paint applied by hand. This work documents the development of the graphic rendering of these elaborate illustrations over the years since 1975, from the traditional approach of brushes and paint to digital conversion using Quantel Paintbox, and then the entrance into the world of 3-D with Silicon Graphics work stations.
LARS DOHMANN is a motor journalist who cares passionately about his subject. For decades his articles have been published in magazines; a freelance since 1995, he has also worked for the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the Oldtimer Catalog. NORBERT SCHAFER set up his first studio in 1965. Even then his illustrations demonstrated his love of detail and, most of all, his "X-ray vision," the ability to visualize that is so indispensable for technical illustration, together with his skills at realizing spatial arrangements and perspectives from blueprints and photographs.