A Primer on Car Rentals

[This article is slightly modified from a post I made on the Starmen.Net Forum.]

I travel a lot for work and leisure, and I have rented over 150 cars, so I’ve got some experience on the customer side of car rentals. I’ll try to help you out with what I’ve learned.

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Terminal Silhouettes: AKL

AKL

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AKL’s international terminal (on the left) was deceptively complex to draw. Though it was mostly straight lines, which are easier than curves, the majority of lines were not right angles or parallel. This effectively prevented me from rotating the drawing and using the rectangle tool, which added a lot of extra time.

Likewise, only one of the parts that appears curved is actually curved; the rest are a bunch of straight walls at slight angles to each other. This meant I couldn’t even use the ellipse or curve tools, and instead had to draw half a dozen or so guides each time just to get the angles consistent.

All in all, then, the international side took me quite a while to draw for what’s a relatively small terminal. At least the domestic terminal (right) was pretty quick to draw.

https://www.pbogard.com/projects/terminal-silhouettes

Terminal Silhouettes: MEL

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Since these terminal silhouettes are drawn to scale, I generally prefer compact airports to airports with widespread terminals, as the latter tend to add too much white space and distract from the intricacies of the terminals. So after drawing two Australian airports whose international terminals were on the other side of the airport from their domestic terminals, it was nice to be able to draw a single large structure for Melbourne.

This was also a relatively easy terminal to draw, as the vast majority of the walls were at right or 45° angles, and there weren’t many curves.

https://www.pbogard.com/projects/terminal-silhouettes

Terminal Silhouettes: Updated CVG and ICT

Inevitably, with as many terminal silhouettes as I have in my library, some of the airports I’ve drawn will undergo construction.

Since I first drew CVG (Cincinnati), they tore down their old Concourse C, so I’ve created a new drawing with Concourse C removed:

CVG

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Likewise, while I was drawing ICT (Wichita), their old terminal was in the process of demolition. I’d initially indicated this by showing the old terminal as faded, but I’ve now gone ahead and completely removed it:

ICT

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https://www.pbogard.com/projects/terminal-silhouettes