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April 12, 2011

Light Cycle Design Competition: The Winners!

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Written by: Dalibor Dimovski
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The competition has come and gone, and boy was it hectic!  With over 100 entries, this was a terrific showcase of artists, designers and fans of vehicles from films and video games.  The competition included everything from pencil sketches on napkins to fully-rendered vehicles in 3D StudioMax.  Each artist has his or her own style, and we hope that by seeing all of these images you will be as inspired as we are.

We’ve been overwhelmed, to say the least.  And we were happy about that.

So, when it came down to judging the competition these last few days we had a great struggle.  We focused on what the contest requirements were to help narrow it down, a vehicle that could survive in a digital landscape/game, then each of us voted on our favorites. The vote was extremely close, and any one of those that are Honorable Mentions could have won, but we have our winners!  We’ve chosen the top for both the US and the International categories, and listed the others that made it to the final round. The two winners will receive the great prizes.

Congratulations to everyone on the great work, and we hope you had fun!  Please stay tuned as we will be announcing another contest very soon! (In fact, if you have a Nintendo 3DS you are invited to enter our 3D photography contest currently taking place).  Until then, read on for the winners and honorable mentions!

US Winner: John A. Frye, of South Pasadena, California

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John’s version of the light bike blew our minds.  It brought us a vision of a biker gang coming to the world of Tron, with tuned cycles and cruises around a digital landscape.  The vehicle’s proportion is excellent, with the driver sitting behind the engine, gripping the handlebars like a cowboy holding the mane of a powerful stallion. I can almost hear the electric rumble of the engine now.

The sketch was done in an artful style that really showcases John’s work. It’s not over-rendered, relying on the contrast of light as it glowed against the surely titanium body of the techno beast.  This sketch is worthy of being printed on a canvas and hung on a wall in our offices.

Congratulations to John on a great job!  More of John’s work can be found at hyrend.com

US Honorable Mentions

Izaak Moody

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Izaak did a great job making a muscular, tectonic vehicle.  In his sketch, the light bike looks like it just finished a race, with turbine-like wheels cooling down as the rider stands watch.  You can find more of Izaak’s work here: apostolon.com

Vaughan Ling

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This concept from Vaughan Ling is pretty sexy.  Vaughan captures the speedform of a light bike by incorporating influences from aeronautics, with jet plane aerodynamics and sheet metal.  Vaughan features his work regularly on his own blog, located here.

Chris Greazel

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Chris put together a re-imagining of the original light bike, this time in a striking Corvette Red.  The sweeping feature line coming from the front fender up into the side and over the rear “tire” is an elegant and attractive addition to the design.  Fin more of Chris at his site, greazel.com.

INTERNATIONAL WINNER: Raphael Laurent, of Switzerland

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“Aaaaaaaaaaaah!!!” That’s probably the sound you’d hear louder than the engine of this light bike design from Raphael Laurent.  The rider is holding onto a rocketship for dear life, with all the thrust and power of a nuclear missile under him.

The sketch is loose, focusing on the contrast of the green glow on a black form.  It’s a rather traditional proportion, but the fact that at any moment the rider can be thrown off into oblivion makes this concept both exciting to see and terrifying to ride.

Congratulations to Raphael! Raphael’s work can also be found on Local Motors here.

International Honorable Mentions

Daniel Kafka, UK

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Kafka’s sketch is terrific.  The style is very art-like and loose, and is almost electric by nature.  It fits in well with the location and history of the vehicle.  Daniel’s website is Carheart.

Huynh Ngoc Lan, Vietnam

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Lan’s image is very unique, in that it takes a completely different approach to what a light cycle could be.  One big wheel, made to run along a track with precision.  We received a few single-wheel concepts, but Lan’s had a terrific scene to capture the vehicle in motion. Lan is also a Local Motors member. Find his work here.

Paulo Italiani, Brazil

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Paulo’s concept was very interesting.  It focused on a minimalistic bike concept, with thin forms overlapping the rider.  Another concept where the rider is more upright, the cruise-like nature of the design fits well with the tag line included in the image, “Take a Journey into the Grid”. Yes, Paulo, we definitely want to!  Paulo’s work can be found at his carbonmade portfolio.

View all the entries in the galleries here: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

[The contest has no affiliation with Disney or Disney Pictures. The Tron property is copyright and trademarked by Disney. Concepts and images submitted are property the artists.]



About the Author

Dalibor Dimovski
Dali is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of SideQuesting, as well as the co-Founder of CarDesignFetish and the founder of MakLink. Dali is also a car designer, deejay, and introductory beer-brewer.




6 Comments


  1. Wow, thanks so much! So much great competition, I think there’s plenty of ideas that could spark another Tron world movie or game. I’m glad the chopper concept worked, it’s what I’d want to bomb around on if I was in that universe.


  2. I agree, there were some really great ideas. You deserved it John. Your execution of the chopper theme worked perfect! I had a ton of fun working on this competition.


  3. Paulo Italiani

    Congratulations John! I totally agree on the idea to mix TRON and custom bikes (as u can see :)!
    The jacket flying was a very nice touch! regards!


  4. Paulo Italiani

    Thank you very much for the Honorable Mention! I’m glad I was able to transmit I little the feeling of freedom even among such a driver/lightcycle mix! Congratulation to all as well! I perceived a nice rebel spirit in the concepts, which could be used as an interesting mood to the next movie/game!


  5. LTM

    One question…….Did they really watch the movie?!?!?!? Did they really know the design philosophy behind Tron: Legacy?!?!?!? Thanks……


  6. Leo

    i don’t like the movie because of boring story. but i really want to say__the designs of the light cycle are really awesome.(maybe there some mistakes in this sentence because i’m a foreigner.



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