For my project, I decided to use the engine valve cover as the body, going for an Industrially Chic Automotive aesthetic.
I explored 3 different aesthetics: the art deco, art nouveau, and minimalism:
The art deco theme would be my first alternative choice. The clean, sharp lines would compliment the body of the engine valve cover very well. In the sketch below, I got inspiration from the movie cover of The Great Gatsby (2013).
Art nouveau would be my next alternative choice. Making this project with an art nouveau aesthetic will look good, but my artistic ability would limit what I can do with this.
Minimalism has always appealed to me. Although it would be cool to use this aesthetic, it would not be practical with the direction that I already started to take.
Industrially Chic Automotive
Industrially chic automotive is the aesthetic I decided to use from the beginning. This is because since I wanted to keep the upcycling theme, the aesthetic is built-in into the part, and it would be confusing to try to incorporate another aesthetic into this design.