Theo top 10 fave renders

It’s the end of the year, which means that a proliferation of top five or 10 lists can be expected – our friend Theophilus Chin has come up with his own top 10 list, picking his personal favourite renderings of 2014.

The selection originally ran via his Facebook page on Christmas Day, but we thought it’d be great to share it, and Theo has graciously given us the go-ahead to run the lineup here – the accompanying notes for the renders are his. What do you think of the automotive manipulator’s personal top 10?

10. Mazda2 MPS (August 27)
Mazda2 MPS 10

I like this because it’s not something I’ve done before, rendering a mini hot hatch. I think this was also the first time I de-chromed a car and replaced the bits with a glossy piano black effect.

9. Nissan Almera Facelift (October 11)

Nissan Almera Facelift 9

I like this one cause it’s a huge improvement over the current Almera/Sunny in terms of looks. And quite frankly, it seems possible to give the car such expensive facelift to improve its look and overall proportion.

8. Proton Iriz R3 (November 8)

Proton Iriz R3 8

I surprised myself with this one. Every time I render something for Paul Tan’s Automotive News, I’d stress myself out because that site has some of the nastiest commenters, most of which are not constructive.

But this came along, and I’m actually proud of what I did and cared little of what they said. Besides, this does look hot. Oh, I’m also proud to have been able to remove noise and reflections from the surface and windscreen.

7. Audi TT Avant Concept (December 18)

Audi TT Avant Concept 7

I really really like the simplicity of this one, and it got shared in many other popular sites like WorldCarFans and Carscoops. If only Audi notices. It really needs to give its cars a more distinctive design.

6. Mazda MX-5 Coupe (September 15)

Mazda MX-5 Coupe 6

Many did ask why this looks like a two-door notchback and not a three-door lift-back. I simply wanted it to look like a smaller RX-8. In fact, much of the rear’s shape is borrowed from the RX-8. The MX-5‘s looks has certainly grown on me; I was sceptical when this car was launched.

5. Jaguar XE Sportbrake (September 30)

Jaguar XE Sportbrake 5

It’s not surprising to see three estates and wagons renderings in my list. I love such body styles. When I rendered this, I made sure it didn’t look like a scaled-down XF Sportbrake, especially with those unnecessary black rear pillars. If there’s anything I’d change, it’d perhaps be to lengthen the rear overhang.

4. Lexus RC GT (May 29)

Lexus RC GT 4

This was unexpected. I personally didn’t expect this to turn out looking as well as it did. I was worried this would have been a bulbous whale like the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. Well, one can argue those rear seats are useless with that low roof. Still, in the world of virtual manipulation, one cares less of practicality.

3. Dodge Challenger Truck (April 15)

Dodge Challenger Truck 3

Simple, clean lines. And the fact that I like trucks and utility coupe gets this to the number three spot in my favourites list for 2014.

2. Skoda Fabia Sedan (September 2)

Skoda Fabia Sedan 2

I know many of you are wondering why this is here. And, more surprisingly, why is it number two in the list. It’s because I’m a huge Skoda fan, and I especially love the new Fabia. Though a little tall, I believe the Fabia translates well into a sedan, while not looking awkward like most B-segment hatchbacks that have been made into sedans.

1. Jaguar F-Type Shooting Brake (February 7)

Jaguar F-Type Shooting Brake 1

Hey, this made it to Top Gear. Enough said. Well, that sounds cocky. It’s my favourite because it’s a shooting brake. And the F-Type Coupe‘s basic proportion and size is so perfect that turning it into a shooting brake simply makes this, at least to my eyes, drop dead gorgeous.