The Last 6 – Contestants for the LA Sketchbattle

First there were 6, then there were 12, now the roster of 18 designers and artists is complete.  Read on the find out about the last 6 selected who will be competing for this title belt designed by Middlecott Design and hand made by Mobsteel.img_15501

Nahuel Elias Battaglia 

Nahuel Battaglia was born in 1990 in Stuttgart/Germany. Being fascinated in sketching, art and design, 2006 he decided to go to a graphic design school in Stuttgart. In 2011 he started studying transportation design at the Pforzheim University in Germany. After studying 4 semesters at the university and a one semester internship at the Mercedes Advanced Design Studio in Stuttgart, he went to Argentina in 2014 planning to focus on fine art. At the same time he started working as a freelancer on Zoox’ vision of an autonomous driving vehicle. Nahuel is now in his last semester of his studies writing his bachelor thesis. Nahuel’s website is populated with his art  and you can see his automotive work on his Behance page.

Sonny Fisher

Sonny was born and raised in Zambia, Southern Africa and grew up in a beautiful, wild, rural part of the country. Yet his childhood had him surrounded by farm machinery, trucks, motorcycles, aircraft, and off road vehicles. The curiosity and inspiration from these surroundings led Sonny to the living room table at which he drew his first doodles. Sonny entertained his imagination by creating his own machines on paper, not knowing that many years later he would choose to pursue a career around that very same activity. Yet here he is, on the opposite side of the planet, doing just that.  Sonny is currently a student at Art Center College of Design, and you can find Sonny’s portfolio here.

Rodrigo Galdino

Rodrigo Galdino lives StarWars and has had it for breakfast, lunch and dinner since 1983 after seeing Return of the Jedi.  His passion for drawing the vehicles and characters of the saga made him choose Design as a profession  and he ended up in the Automotive design business back in 2000. Since then he’s been working for studios such as  VW-Brazil, GM-Brazil, In 2012 he went to US for Ford Motors Design in Dearborn and joined Audi/VW Design Center California -Santa Monica in 2013, where he worked as an advanced Interior Designer, Concept Artist, Storyboard Artist and had the honor to be the official Vehicle Designer e Concept Artist for the annual VW Group Calendar for 3 years. He works now at the new car company Karma Automotive in Costa Mesa as a senior interior designer but he also do concept art stuffs. You can check Rodrigo’s work at and here.

Sorie Kim

Sorie Kim is an aspiring concept artist /illustrator based in Pasadena, CA. Growing up in the suburbs of Virginia, she wasn’t exposed to the field of entertainment design until very recently. Sorie majored in communication arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, studying typography, illustration and graphic design. When she quickly realized it wasn’t what she wanted, she moved to LA to just take a few classes, and ended up falling head over heels for concept design. Sorie is currently taking classes at the Concept Design Academy in Pasadena.  Check out Sorie’s tumblr here.

Dennis Stephan

We are still waiting for Dennis’ bio.  You can find Dennis’s portfolio here.

Roman Yneges

As an Industrial Designer, Roman creates paths of opportunity for successful product development and does all he can to produce creative solutions that will meet the requirements of both manufacturers and the end users alike. His entire professional life is focused on making the human experience better for everyone. Roman enjoys this creative profession as it often becomes personally fulfilling. He has 10 years of studio experience while working as a Creative Designer and Senior Creative Designer at General Motors, is an Art Center Alum having earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Transportation Design in 1999, and a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Design in 2013. Roman currently teaches industrial design and transportation design related courses part time at Art Center.  You can see Roman’s portfolio here.

Come back tomorrow to learn more about the activities at the                                           Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ LA and check out these other posts:

And don’t forget to buy tickets in advance

We expect a rather long line at the event and having your tickets in advance will shorten your queue time.  Also don’t forget we support students with deeply discounted advance tickets – where else will you get to see Bugattis and BMW Art Cars up close and personal?


Tickets for the 2016 LA event can be found here

and also on the website of AutomobilityLA

and The Petersen Automotive Museum.

About Frank Schwartz

Frank Schwartz is the founder of and Advanced Automotive Consulting Services, partner in The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment and serial entrepeneur. A long time automotive enthusiast, Frank started reading car magazines at the age of 8 and has spent 30+ years working inside the automotive industry. In his spare time Frank races with the Sports Car Club of America, spends time working on his numerous project cars and supports many local charities.
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