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How to draw a car step by step, Mustang Shelby GT500 with marker pens and pencil.

Mustang Shelby construction drawing.

The Mustang Shelby was drawn onto paper using a 0.5, 3B mechanical pencil it took a long time to draw out the construction drawing for this car and when finished the drawing had damaged the paper through having to erase lines, correcting them for accuracy. This drawing was not the drawing used for the finished car because it was too badly damaged from doing the construction drawing so I traced over the original drawing to get my plan drawing onto less damaged paper.

Please see original enlarged picture with grid lines drawn in below and the finished plan drawing that I used for taking my tracing from.

A basic description of grid drawing and another GT500, Hot Rod Design.

Mustang Shelby construction drawing grid.

Mustang, Shelby, GT 500 construction drawing grid used to draw this car.

Mustang, Shelby, GT 500 construction drawing grid used to draw this car.

Grid reference method.

The original plan drawing above was constructed using a grid reference method this is where you use a grid to reference where the lines of the subject cross the grid squares one by one. You will see in the example above that square one has two points of contact and can easily be measured through comparison with the original picture or subject matter. I will not go into any great detail about grid reference drawing here because you can find more information about it by visiting the page (How to draw cars easy step by step).

When you draw onto a piece of paper it dose not matter how careful you do your drawing but the act of drawing a pencil on paper damages or changes the surface of the paper in different measures, mostly by leaving groves.

This is because paper is soft and when the pencil is pressed onto it the paper the surface underneath is compressed leaving a grove that can perhaps not be seen when you erase the line or mark but if you draw over these marks again they change. When pencil marks have been draw then erased and you draw over the area again it is very difficult to get a nice even tone because the paper is damage. The pencil marks adhere to the paper differently and usually leave darker areas of tone making it difficult to blend evenly to create soft graduated tones. These groves often show up more prominently when you apply marker pens over the top and this distracts the eye so spoils the finished drawing.

I most often start with a fresh new piece of paper and trace my outline plan drawing onto it so as to avoid this from happening.


The tools I have used here are Touch Markers, Battery Eraser, 0.5 black ink Drawing Pen, 3B Mechanical Pencil 0.5 and a Kneadable Eraser which is not really a Kneadable Eraser because I prefer to use that sticky, rubbery stuff they use for putting poster on walls.

Tools used for this drawing images.

Tools used to draw the Mustang Shelby GT500, 2010 model.

Tools used to draw the Mustang Shelby GT500, 2010 model.

Mustang Shelby GT500 with marker pens, video for pleasure.

Touch Markers.

Marker pen sets are expensive and the ones I am using are the best deal I could find for basic sets at the time which where Touch Markers, 12 grey tones and 12 colors.  I also buy others when I find them to try out, I like the sharpies which are quite good and easily obtainable. I find that none of these pens are as blendable as I would like them to be with the white of the paper so I don’t plan on doing much blending with them from the start.

I also use ordinary cartridge paper because the special paper used for drawing with markers that reduces the bleeding effect is not easily attainable in the sizes I like to use and also expensive. I also use a piece of paper underneath my drawing because the ink bleeds right through the paper marking the surface underneath if there is nothing to catch it like another piece of paper, it also makes a softer drawing surface which I prefer to a hard surface.  

Started with the wheels.

Get the wheels right and the rest is much easier, Mustang, Shelby, GT 500.

Get the wheels right and the rest is much easier, Mustang, Shelby, GT 500.

Most time consuming.

Typically I worked on the wheels first because like many others I find them to be the most time consuming and difficult, this dictates that I start in the darker areas first but using the lighter grey blue, grey green tones to build up my accuracy. I also work towards the line if it is an area that is going to be blocked out with a darker tone eventually and then ease my way towards the line because marker pens bleed into the paper leaving uneven edges, frayed. I use the finest tip of the marker possible and if you draw a slightly longer line than usual you can see the bleeding frayed edges appearing in the areas just previously drawn as you work your marker. This helps you to understand better and more quickly how far the ink is spreading through the paper making it easier to judge how far to work from the line edge.

I also work with the wheels first because if you get the wheels to look good the rest of the picture can be achieved more easily.

Don’t panic about drawing accurate drawings these can be achieved easily with a little practice using a grid reference method of construction drawing, it helps you to see better, to understand the dimensions and or proportions of the whole drawing, wheels as well.

Below you can see a drawing where the wheels have been nearly completed.

Drawing wheels.

Drawing the wheels nearly finished, Mustang, Shelby, GT 500.

Drawing the wheels nearly finished, Mustang, Shelby, GT 500.

Not quite the same.

The front grill was difficult to draw and I must admit that I did not get it quite like the original grill on the car because of the way markers bleed but so much had already been draw well I continued the drawing even though it was not quite accurate.

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The image below shows the grill half drawn.

Half done grill.

Mustang, Shelby, GT 500, grills still work so why not go on?

Mustang, Shelby, GT 500, grills still work so why not go on?

Yes why not finish the drawing?

The drawing below shows the grill almost completed and looks good even though it is not quite accurate.

Drawing the grill almost finished.

Mustang, Shelby, GT 500, the grill looks good anyway.

Mustang, Shelby, GT 500, the grill looks good anyway.

Light reflecting off the car paint.

I then block out the darker areas of color in this case the dark blue to emphasize the lines and contours of the car body, giving it shape, meaning and definition. It would be nice to be able to blend these marks into the white of the paper to better create the illusion of light reflecting off the car paint but the marker pens I am using do not blend easily into the white of the paper. You can get a wide range of colors and tones in maker pens that enable you to be able to blend into the white of the paper more easily but as I have said these pens are expensive with full sets costing hundreds of dollars that I am not prepared to pay.


Size matters they are all blendable the problem is size, I draw A2 & A1 size, I was deprived of paper as a child, ha,ha, thank you for pointing that out I think I need to address it, size matters. All_bleeding_pens_blend_ but size matters, speed matters too, these are alcohol based pens so I need to keep the paper wet which is difficult over large areas hence the need for speed it reduces streaking, going in the opposite direction helps as well. To blend really well you need the same color in different shades from strong to lighter shades so they can be blended in layers, blending pens will help to blend further but even over large areas these dry up so size matters A3 & A4 is a better sized paper. A wide range of colors is the best advantage for blending but they are all expensive when buying 3 or 4 versions of the same color in lighter tones so I keep the cost down by blocking out my drawing.

I block out the darker and lighter areas so that I can use two colors to effectively create the shape, meaning and definition. The image below will give you a better idea of what I mean by this technique of blocking out areas of different colors or tones and shows how the cars shape is coming together with only one color being used.

Drawing shades of dark blue tones.

Mustang, Shelby, GT 500, now conveying meaning and definition.

Mustang, Shelby, GT 500, now conveying meaning and definition.

Light blue to contrast creating light and shade.

Once this stage is completed I then fill in the lighter areas with a different lighter shade of the same color this creates the illusion of light reflecting off the paint of the car which can be better seen in the image below.

The car drawing is now coming to life.

What a difference a shade makes, Mustang, Shelby, GT 500.

What a difference a shade makes, Mustang, Shelby, GT 500.

Drawing the finishing touches.

Finally the windshield, lights and small details are added to give the finishing touches to the drawing making it seem more realistic, giving it meaning.

Finally the finished car drawing.

Another Mustang, Shelby, GT 500 for the garage.

Another Mustang, Shelby, GT 500 for the garage.

More free information about drawing cars.

Another Hubpage, How to draw cars easy, step by step will provide you with information about using grid reference methods plus other tips and tricks for free.

Finally I would just like to say that I hope you enjoy drawing the cars for your own garage as much as I do and all the very best to your success.

Drawing cars and how to draw tires that good.


Gareth Pritchard (author) from North Wales on May 16, 2012:

Yes I could but the only Mustang V12 I can find is a custom hybrid, it is a Mustang body shape with an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish engine and some slight body modifications. It is actually called a Vanquished, as far as I can find out.

Thanks, Gareth.

CHANCE on May 16, 2012:


Gareth Pritchard (author) from North Wales on March 31, 2012:

Hi Martin,

I have no idea about the king of fighters but did a quick image search on Bing and found lots of cartoon figures. If they are what you are talking about, then the answer is a yes, no problem.

Which one do you have in mind?

Thanks, Gareth.

Martin on March 31, 2012:

Can u you draw a character from "the king of fighters?"

Gareth Pritchard (author) from North Wales on March 13, 2012:

Hi Facundo,

The obvious thing to do is practice your drawing regularly, copy from pictures, even trace them, as this will help you to understand them better. The more you do it, the better your understanding will become as well as your drawings. Tracing is good practice because it shows you how things really look as opposed to how you might think they look. Often images are deceiving because they are meant to be, they are illusions of the real thing, so are meant to be deceiving and so tracing gives you accurate information which helps you to understand better how drawings work.

Between the last picture on this page and the video is a link to another page which will also help you to learn to draw cars better.

Hope this is helpful, thanks, Gareth.

Facundo on March 13, 2012:

Hi there, I'm really in too cars, I always was looking forward to be able to draw them. Big fan of Chip Foose, and actually studing mechanical engineering to specialize in the car area. What would be your recommendations for me as a begineer to be able to draw like this?

Thanks great work on the gt500

Gareth Pritchard (author) from North Wales on February 24, 2012:

Hey Nick 9, wow that's good, I don't think it is, I think its ok. I think, I am going to have a think about 2012. Try something different.

Thanks for thinking out loud, but it could be better.

Still glad you enjoyed it, Gareth.

Nick on February 24, 2012:

wow that's good

Gareth Pritchard (author) from North Wales on January 20, 2012:

Hi Michael Murphy,

Thanks, I think that's similar to the reasons I decided to draw a GT 500 and I keep telling my self i am going to do another for 2012. This one was 550-HP at the time, 650 HP all gone in less that 60 seconds.

Thanks again, Gareth.

Michael Murphy on January 19, 2012:

If you are going to draw a car the GT-500 is definitely the way to go!

The 2013 GT-500 is rated at 650-HP from the showroom floor.


Gareth Pritchard (author) from North Wales on January 17, 2012:

Hi Dylan,

Thanks for pointing that out.

All the best, Gareth.

dylan on January 16, 2012:

no your ”stupid” because 1 you cant spell cause your illeterate and 2 this car has to much power for you so you can leave if you dont like it because everyone else that commented liked it

ramon on November 22, 2011:

who ever drew this is so stuped

Gareth Pritchard (author) from North Wales on October 19, 2011:

Hey addison122, that's quite a compliment you have made there, thank you for the enthusiasm and the compliment.


addison122 on October 19, 2011:

wow i love this awsome piece of art it is the gratest mustang drawing i have ever seen good job gareth :)

Gareth Pritchard (author) from North Wales on March 12, 2011:

Hi 11254,

Thank you for the support I take it as a compliment and I am happy that you like it, I have a lot more if your interested just look for the links.


11254 on March 12, 2011:

you are really talented :)

i like this , or i LOVE IT

i love drawing also but i dnt color my drawings but this is amazing..

you have patience ! and this is needed while drawing..

i really like your work

Gareth Pritchard (author) from North Wales on February 08, 2011:


Sure I think you could use chalk pastels to great effect, I have not tried it yet on cars but I have on many other subjects, plus charcoal which is very smiler works well, I have tried it.

The only difficult part IMO of using chalk would be trying to do fine definite lines on a small scale, scale or size of the drawing will effect the precision of detail. Pastel pencils work very well when doing fine detail but you can create sharp points with pastel sticks if you take the time to so.

I cannot see any reason why pastels would not work well and might even be more capable of producing realistic drawing as well as conceptual or abstract drawing effects.

As with most cars I have drawn the biggest challenge will probably be the front grill.

The battery powered eraser would be very help full at creating small fine detail.

Hope this helps, thanks, Gareth.

Charles on February 08, 2011:

Not sure if you on this site still but would chalk pastels have the same result?

I'm doing this for art class but I can't use markers :(

Thanks in advance,


Gareth Pritchard (author) from North Wales on October 14, 2010:

Hi mulberry1, thank you for the positive comment but perhaps you would if you did it in small chunks.


Christine Mulberry on October 14, 2010:

That is a great drawing. I'm not sure I would have the patience to do this, but it would be for the lack of good instructions.

Gareth Pritchard (author) from North Wales on September 15, 2010:

Hi TheOneWhoKnows, thanks, I see you have a guitar in your pic I love guitars more than cars.

TheOneWhoKnows from Croatia on September 15, 2010:

Wow, awesome picture I love the cars, keep it up :-)

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