Hillside man takes up career designing cars

23 Sep, 2022 - 00:09 0 Views
Hillside man takes up career designing cars Mr Ryan Gondo with some of the car designs

The Chronicle

Tafadzwa Chibukwa, Chronicle Reporter
INSPIRED by the dream to be an automotive designer, 19-year-old Mr Ryan Gondo has gone an extra mile at working towards achieving his dream.

The young man from Hillside suburb, Bulawayo is already drawing automotive car designs and looking to study further along his chosen passion.

Automotive design is a creative process used to define the physical appearance of cars, trucks, motorcycles, among others.
It encompasses interior and exterior design.

Automotive designers first translate their ideas into hand-drawn sketches, then into computer-rendered graphics with the use of Computer Aided Design (CAD), an advanced 3D software.

Mr Gondo started drawing cars while in Grade Five, drawing casually and never taking it seriously.

In an interview with Chronicle, he said he also loved cars from a tender age and he felt he would utilise his passion for drawing in developing cars and coming up with cars of his own design.

Milton High School

He said he did his O-level at Milton High School where he did well and continued to A-level in 2021 at Speciss college doing sciences.

He did not do well in his A’-evel.

With the tension and pressure that come with sitting idle at home, he saw it better to continue drawing and at some point pursue his passion for automotive design.

Mr Gondo said he got the chance to research more on his passion and how to work towards it.

“I did my research and found that the courses for automotive design are offered at universities and abroad for which I do not have the required qualifications since I did not do well in my A-level,” he said.

“I went and asked at the Bulawayo Polytechnic if I could be enrolled using my Ordinary Level results. I then found out that they were offering a course called vehicle body building which is under the division of mechanical engineering that could help me understand more about how cars work and how they are built.”

When drawn, next steps for car production, designers flesh out their original ideas by displaying them into the real world. To do so, designers carve scale models, usually using a type of clay called industrial plasticine.

Mr Gondo has also improved from drawing car designs that are imaginary but he has transformed to drawing cars that are more realistic and can be implemented.

“I have always told myself that cars are my thing and I have always been experimenting with my drawings and giving a more realistic approach by our car at home which I have always been tampering with, be it painting or changing parts on the car replacing with ideas I get from my drawings,” he said.

He said he did not want to add up to the statistics of the flooded market of careers like nursing.

This made him desire to be unique and start a venture that is less trodden by many. — @Sagepapie14

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