I decided to create some of the more popular car drawings to prove to myself that I could actually do this. A vehicle of any description is not a good subject for beginner artists but I'm willing to try if you are!
The old favorite Ford Model T was the most popular vehicle for nearly twenty years and that's a pretty mean achievement.
I found a good picture to copy and I am fairly happy with my results -- crooked lines and all. I think this is a cool car drawing!
I used my favorite tool of trade - a mechanical pencil - with a 2B lead.
If you experiment with the pencils you have available, you will eventually end up with your own favorite pencil. It does take a little while but just be patient and you work out your favorite materials in your own good time.
Keep in mind that B pencils have a softer lead so they are the easiest grade to use when you are learning to draw.
An eraser is also a great item to keep handy when you are a trainee artist.
Below is an outline of an ordinary sedan to use as a practice guide.
In hindsight, this example is not good because it involves perspective.
When I drew it, I was completely ignorant about the complex theory of distance and I just concentrated on copying outlines to the best of my ability. As it turns out, it's still a step towards being able to draw satisfactorily because all practice is beneficial.
If you use the borders to estimate where the car sits within the frame, that should get you out of a lot of trouble initially.
All of these outlines were fairly easy for this trainee artist. You won't know how easy they are unless you have a go!
Here is a simple outline of a racing car.
When you are satisfied with an outline, you can add in some patterns on the side.
All you have to do is to discover that it is possible to draw and you'll never look back. It's one step at a time and drawing will be your faithful friend forever.
Step by step tutorials to help you produce some awesome artwork.
When you learn to draw, you really start to see things for the first time - well, so it seems.
Along with seeing differently, you actually learn all sorts of interesting stuff as you study your next selected topic. That's the reason why I like to give a little bit of history as we go along...
We started off with a steam car, then electric and finally these 2 modes were replaced by gasoline.
The modern motor car has come a long way from those early hand made models that only rich people could afford. Thank goodness, I just couldn't imagine myself getting around on a horse!
Here is a drawing of a 1947 Lincoln Cabriolet.
The Lincoln and the VW were the largest selling imported vehicles.
A VW is affectionately known as 'the beetle' or a 'veedub'.
Mass production has meant we can afford to run a car now that it's organized on an assembly-line basis.
The fact that most of us now own vehicles has brought about a whole new way of life with motorways and motels to make our trips easier.
Car racing is a thrilling sport that tests the speed and performance of a vehicle plus the skill and daring of drivers.
A Formula One vehicle has one seat, rear engine, front and rear wings and no roof or fenders.
While you may not be particularly interested in that information right now, it does come in handy should you ever want to draw a racing car.
Learning to draw can be exasperating at times but when you draw something really spectacular, you forget about all your failures.
And you will have failures, every artist does.
Keep the mindset that you don't expect perfection from yourself and you'll never be disappointed.
These drawings were a triumph to me because I didn't think I could draw a stick figure let alone something that resembled a car!
You are welcome to use the simple outlines on this page to help you create some original vehicles.
It doesn't matter if you like to copy directly onto paper or whether you like to trace. Either way, you are learning and improving your car drawing skills.
It's a good idea to look at your car drawing the next day to pick up any errors that you don't notice while you're involved in the creation.
If car drawings are your passion, your progress relies on good instruction like in this book on how to draw cars.
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