Thousands of people every day are trying to find the best way to learn how to draw a car. So what is it that’s so hard and how can you learn how to draw a car properly and make it look real? I’ll be giving you some tips I’ve learnt that you can apply to your drawings and hopefully create a car that looks like it’ll drive right off your paper!
Most car drawings that I’ve show me that people lack a few key things when trying to draw a car. One of these is patience. It is obvious when someone has only spent half an hour on a drawing that they have tried to make up from scratch.
Drawing a car and making it look real is hard enough without having to make up every detail of your drawing. I highly recommend starting out drawing from reference picture. Yes you can trace right over pictures if you want, but this won’t help you much in the long run. You have to train your brain to look at lines and tones and be able to apply them to your drawings.
It’s a colorful world.. or is it?
One great tip that I use when I have trouble deciding what my drawing should look like is getting rid of the color. When you take out all the color of a car photo, you are just left with the black and white tones you need to replicate in your drawing. This makes it a lot easier to visualize what you need to do to make your car look real and accurate.
When your doing this, take note of how the light plays on different surfaces of the car. Is it shiny and metallic? Dull and rubbery? What makes it look different on a photo and how do you think you can represent that with pencil and paper? Getting a firm understanding of this process will allow you not only learn how to draw a car really well, but also you will be able to draw anything you want. Great artists have become great through practice and observation. You can do the same.
The tilt of doom!
What I notice in a lot of aspiring artists and something that I was also guilty of is the titling of your head. This might not seem like much but when you tilt your head without noticing it, you are effectively offsetting the position of your drawing and you will end up with a car that slants to the left or right. To avoid doing this stop every few minutes, stand back and look at your drawing from a different view point. Make sure everything that should be horizontal is and that it isn’t leaning on way or another.