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How to draw cars easy.

How to draw cars easy.

If you really do want to learn how to draw cars easy, step by step, then this page will give you the details, all of them. Professionals use these methods all the time but they just forget to tell you. You can spend your money buying down loadable books that are far too expensive if you want to but I do not advise it. My reasons are because all you get is a pile of electronic information and they still don't tell you how they really do it, so I will.


The aim of this guide is to enable anyone wanting to know how to draw cars, to be able to do it without having to become a mathematical genius with an in depth understanding of geometry or expert draftsperson. The aim of this information is to help you do it in the shortest amount of time possible, easily and accurately.


Following these guidelines, will also give you the basics to progress your car drawing or painting skills and ability, faster than any other system I know.

Latest Drawings of Cars To Motivate You.

Volkswagen Scirocco GT24 Concept Car drawing, drawn with marker pens.

Volkswagen Scirocco GT24 Concept Car drawing, drawn with marker pens.

A step by step tutorial for doing it the easy way.

This guide will also help you to develop those same car drawing skills, into any area you wish, not just to learn how to draw cars.

You can learn how to draw cars easy and accurately every time, getting positive results. Using these simple but effective methods of car drawing, you can get started right away, with your best foot forward.

You can get started without having to go through the tough love method of learning. All car drawing is about seeing and the methods on this page will teach you how to see This will be without the struggling that comes from trying to do too many tasks at the same time. Lets be fair, it can be hard enough anyway. Even if you know what you are doing it is still hard enough so lrts not make it harder.

Some basics about how to draw cars that you need to know if you don't already.

Talented artists.

  • The one thing shared by all so called talented artists is, a strong desire to want to draw.
  • To become good at drawing cars you need a strong desire to draw cars.
  • Making good drawings of cars, that are recognized as being good, is important.
  • The importance of making good drawings, is that it keeps you motivated, with a desire to draw more cars.
  • Below you will find all the tools to help you make good drawings of cars.


How to draw a car step by step.


  1. Learn to get your basic construction drawing accurate and you cars will always look good.
  2. Learn by starting with the most important part of any good car drawing, which is the basic construction.
  3. Try to only do your shading when you are sure the construction drawings of your cars are good.
  4. In almost every case draw lightly to build up your darker areas, from lightest to darkest, white to black is always best practice when learning how to draw cars.


A great demonstration in the video below, showing how to draw a car using the grid method mentioned on this page.

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Examples using grid reference construction drawing to learn how to draw cars.

Grid drawing of a concept car. Mustang Red Rod Concept, drawing of a car.

Grid drawing of a concept car. Mustang Red Rod Concept, drawing of a car.

Mustang GT500 Hot Rod Mustang Hot Rod Concept car drawing.

Mustang GT500 Hot Rod Mustang Hot Rod Concept car drawing.

Car Drawing Camaro RS sports car

Car Drawing Camaro RS sports car

Cheating.

Drawing cars is not an easy task that can be even more difficult if you are not sure what you are doing or what you are supposed to be doing. I am going to give you the building blocks you need to get started and put you on a good solid foundation for your future drawing projects. Cars are difficult to draw because they are liner and geometric, when designers do the finished drawings for cars they use very sophisticated design software on computers because every aspect needs to be exact.

Even before the advent of computer technology cars were drawn by people known as draftspeople, who produced a type of drawing known as a technical drawing. In these types of drawings every aspect of the drawing is created though measurement and calculation using geometry Technical drawing is geometry and as much about mathematics as it is about drawing, in fact it is more about mathematics than it is about drawing. That’s why I never had much of an interest in it as a budding artist. How wrong was I because later on in life I realized all drawing is technical and about measurement but that is another story for another day?

In order to make the task of drawing cars accessible to anyone without having to be a draftsperson or serious mathematician I am going to do this the easy way?

First let me tell you why I think I am qualified to give you this information.

I have been drawing for over 40 years and to a high standard for at least 30 years, I have academic qualifications in art and design, diplomas and degrees, I also have a qualification in teaching higher and further education as well as 14 years experience in working with groups as an educator and enabler. I have completed much work as an artist in the community where I live and sold most of my work in the process. Further to this I am very disappointed at the poor information people are passing off as valuable, just so they can squeeze a few pennies out of others, my information is good, reliable, practical and free, please enjoy.


Lamborghini Reventon

Lamborghini Reventon digital line drawing.

Lamborghini Reventon digital line drawing.

Aston Martin Vantage Sports Car

How to draw cars, Aston Martin grid drawing construction.

How to draw cars, Aston Martin grid drawing construction.

Aston Martin Vantage Sports Car Drawing

Aston Martin Vantage Sports Car Drawing

Camaro RS sports car 6.2 litre, V8.

Camaro tracing in pencil.

Camaro tracing in pencil.

Camaro RS sports car 6.2 litre, V8. Car drawing that has been further manipulated with photo editing software for enhanced presentation purposes.

Camaro RS sports car 6.2 litre, V8. Car drawing that has been further manipulated with photo editing software for enhanced presentation purposes.

1950s Chevy Bel Air Drawing Red

1950s Chevy Bel Air Drawing Red

1958 Chevy Bel Air Sedan, digital line drawing

1958 Chevy Bel Air Sedan, digital line drawing

1960s CORVETTE CLASSIC CAR DIGITAL LINE DRAWING

1960s CORVETTE CLASSIC CAR DIGITAL LINE DRAWING

The simplest easiest way to draw cars is to trace them.

The shock and horror of it, tracing is considered cheating by everyone except those who use it and the truth is all professional artists use it, if they say they don’t they are either mistaken or liars.

The benefits of tracing far out weigh the disadvantages that’s why professionals use it and also the reason why you can’t use it because lets be fair we can all trace pictures. It really doesn’t compare with wasting two or three hours of your time on constructing a drawing does it?

Surely it is better to waste a few weeks doing something the hard way than it is to only spend a day doing it by taking advantage of the tools developed to help and enable you to be more productive at a higher standard.

That is why designers do the drawings for cars using very sophisticated design software on computers because every aspect needs to be exact and they can do it in an instant by comparison because the software does it for them.

So who’s cheating?

I found some web sites where you can get some pictures of cars for tracing and more information by following the links at the end of this article plus a description on how to find great cars to draw.

Take a picture of the car you want to draw from a magazine, brochure, book, photograph or off the internet and you can enlarge it on your computer to the size you want or make it smaller depending on your requirements. This can also be done with a photocopy machine as well because they will also zoom in or out to increase or decrease the size of the image you want to transform for drawing.

To increase or decrease the size of your image you can use a free software called IrfanView.

Down load IrfanView for capturing and resizing images off the Net.

How to download IrfanView, Free Software.

  • IrfanView Download.
    Excellent for converting, optimizing, scanning and printing, compatible with many different file formats with many applications. It's also very affordable because it's free.

IrfanView image capture and resizing for printing, IrfanView is free with many useful and different applications.

Finding a great car to draw easy.

If you go to any search engine search page and look around the top you will see the word images, this is usually a link for doing images searches fro the web. Click on the word images and then think of a car you would like to draw. If you then write that into the search box on the page and press search it will produce an image search for the car you entered. You will be presented with hundreds of images of the car you would like to draw. More cars than you could probably draw in a year even with these simple methods I am going to show you. Please watch all the videos presented on this page as it is always good to watch others draw because it helps you to understand how it is done better yourself. Visual information is valuable, easily accessed and entertaining.

Sports cars to learn how to draw a car like this, trace it first..

Corvette Stingray Supercar Line drawing in pen and ink

Corvette Stingray Supercar Line drawing in pen and ink

How to draw cars easy, concept car GT500 Ford Mustang made using a graphite pencil drawing and the photo editing software.

How to draw cars easy, concept car GT500 Ford Mustang made using a graphite pencil drawing and the photo editing software.

Austin Healey 3000 Mk III, Drawing With technical drawing pen fine line 0.5, marker pens, Green Grey, Blue Grey 1-7 and black.

Austin Healey 3000 Mk III, Drawing With technical drawing pen fine line 0.5, marker pens, Green Grey, Blue Grey 1-7 and black.

1967 Austin Healey 3000 Mk III, charcoal pencil drawing.

1967 Austin Healey 3000 Mk III, charcoal pencil drawing.

Example graphite pencil drawings of cars.

The Classic VW Beetle drawn with Graphite pencil 3B, 5B.

The Classic VW Beetle drawn with Graphite pencil 3B, 5B.

Honda Civic Five Door 2009 drawn with graphite pencil that has given me an idea that car emblems are interesting and reflect the times.

Honda Civic Five Door 2009 drawn with graphite pencil that has given me an idea that car emblems are interesting and reflect the times.

The British classic I use to demonstrate how to draw a car using tracing or grid reference construction drawing.

A classic car, the 1950s Vauxhall Victor  the car I chose to draw.

A classic car, the 1950s Vauxhall Victor the car I chose to draw.

How to draw cars using tracing methods Part 1.

How to draw cars using tracing methods Part 2.

Everything you need to hand for learning how to draw a car.

For this example I am going to use a photograph of a Vauxhall Victor which is now a classic car because it is old. They don't make them anymore which is probably why it has some appeal to me plus I remember them as a child being something of awe.

I have printed the picture out onto A4 paper in gray scale so I can see the tonal values of the image better and since I am doing a drawing I do not need color to produce the end result.

Master tracing skills reveled.

How do I trace my image?

This is how to draw cars easy method one, I hold the printed image up to the light with the back of it facing me so as to be able to see it faintly through the paper. This is so I can mark out the area with a soft pencil this does not have to be completely accurate it is only a ruff guide.

Then I place the image face down onto a surface and where I have made the marks as a rough guide I then proceed to completely fill the area in with the graphite stick so there is no white of the paper showing. When I have completed this process my picture is ready to be traced onto the A3 drawing pad and this is how it works.

The graphite on the back of the image can be transferred onto the drawing pad when I redraw over the image, the pressure of the pencil drawing over the top produces faint lines by transferring the graphite onto the clean paper surface.

So to trace my image I then place it onto the A3 drawing pad and position it where I want it because this is not a compositional piece I place it in the center and fasten it down with blue tack in the corners so it doesn't move. If it does move when you are tracing the image it will spoil the construction drawing because the lines will not match or correspond with each other.

Then using the 0.5 technical drawing pencil I draw over the image following the lines trying to create as much detail as possible this needs to be done methodically so you don't forget where you are or what you have or haven't drawn. I always start by drawing the main outline first then the wheels and then adding the details like lights, windows, mirrors, trims, door handles, door lines and working downwards from the biggest to the smallest.

If you do lose your place and need to know where you are then it is possible to very carefully lift one side of the picture off so you can see the image underneath. Remember though you need to be careful because if it does not go back in the right spot it will ruin your drawing. When you are satisfied that you have done enough you can then remove the image to reveal what is underneath it is again best to do this by only removing one side first just in case you need to do more work on it. If you do miss things out don't worry because with having so much information already on the paper you will find it much easier to fill in any small details free hand later.

Now after doing this we have the basic construction that has been reproduced onto the pad, doing a drawing in this way makes life much easier because construction is everything. If you create a good drawing getting the construction right other mistakes will not be so apparent. How to draw cars as with any drawing means that if you get the construction wrong, then the end result will never look right. Then as you progress to do your shading and tonal modeling it will look even worse.

Digital line drawing of a car.

Line drawing of the above classic car ready for shading or coloring.

Line drawing of the above classic car ready for shading or coloring.

Lets take your skills further.

Now I expect that you don’t just want to be tracing cars for the rest of your life and although it is a great teaching method for getting you to look and actually see it will not enable you to develop your creative skills to make your own designs.

The next method will enable you to develop your skills further and become less restrained. If you have been experimenting and developing your skills with the tracing method you should now have feeling for drawing cars which will make this next method easier. Soon you will be feeling confident enough to push the boundaries further and risk being more experimental or creative.

My advice now would be after working hard drawing cars using the tracing method to move away from it and try using the grid method of drawing. Many artists use this method all their life once it is mastered and create some great pieces of art.

Drawing cars can be done by using a viewing grid take a look at the example below where I have taken the picture of a Vauxhall Victor and divided it into a grid by using lines. This was done using computer software but you can do it by using a ruler and measuring out the lines equally like in the example below, the grid will enable you to better find and define the areas you need to draw.

The traditional pencil tool.

A 4B and 6B, these pencils are both soft pencils.

A 4B and 6B, these pencils are both soft pencils.

The real arts legend.

The humble pencil must be the real arts legend as much as charcoal is the god parent, it must have truly revolutionized drawing in it’s time and where would we be without it?

Hard pencils go from H, 2H and upwards to 9H the higher the number the harder they get.

Soft pencils go from B, 2B, and upwards to 9B the higher the number the softer they get.

In between these is the Hard Black or HB which is the most used pencil in the universe.

Mechanical Graphite pop-a-point pencil disassembled.

Great tool that I use a lot especially when doing construction on a large scale, murals and big pieces. Three pieces that unscrew and easy to replace graphite sticks inside these save a lot of time, energy and money.

Great tool that I use a lot especially when doing construction on a large scale, murals and big pieces. Three pieces that unscrew and easy to replace graphite sticks inside these save a lot of time, energy and money.

Fine line 0.5 Graphite pop-a-point pencil disassembled.

This contains multiple sticks of graphite that you can buy quite inexpensively and is my number one tool.

This contains multiple sticks of graphite that you can buy quite inexpensively and is my number one tool.

Graphite pop-a-point pencil.

Just press the button as shown in picture and out pops a point it saves a lot of time sharpening pencils and has many more benefits. Almost as good as a graphite stick and saves getting your hands and face dirty from the graphite rubbing onto them.

Just press the button as shown in picture and out pops a point it saves a lot of time sharpening pencils and has many more benefits. Almost as good as a graphite stick and saves getting your hands and face dirty from the graphite rubbing onto them.

Lets get on with it.

These are the materials I am going to use to create my drawing.

A3 spiral bound drawing pad of fairly decent quality cartridge paper, this is twice as big as the picture I am going to draw because I always feel that I can crop a picture smaller but I can't ever make it bigger once it is completed. If I draw it onto a bigger piece of paper then I can if I want to add other images to it and form a composition because I have given myself the space around the drawing to be able to do that.

The other tools are a soft black pencil known as a 2B pencil the one I always use for drafting is a 0.5 technical drawing pencil that has very thin fine graphite sticks inserted inside it that feed out of the end when you press the button on the top. I use this pencil because it is always sharp and can produce a very fine line without scouring the paper caused by pressing too hard if you do press too hard it brakes the graphite stick because it is very soft. I also use traditional 4B and 6B pencils because you can create very dark tones almost black with them and Very light tones by softly stroking the paper with them, practice a little with these pencils and you will realize what I mean.

I also use graphite sticks that are large pieces of graphite that can be used to cover large areas of paper with little effort.

How to draw a car, Ford Mustang, Shelby, GT500, Hot Rod, 2012.

Car with a grid.

The 1950s Vauxhall Victor classic car restored to it's former glory with grid lines for drawing.

The 1950s Vauxhall Victor classic car restored to it's former glory with grid lines for drawing.

How to draw cars using grid reference construction drawing with just the front of the car drawn.

The first parts of the grid line drawing have been put into place.

The first parts of the grid line drawing have been put into place.

The outline using grid reference drawing to learn how to draw a car.

The car is now begging to take shape with more of the outline in place.

The car is now begging to take shape with more of the outline in place.

how-to-draw-cars-easy--step-by-step

The finished drawing made from the grid reference drawing to help you understand how to draw a car.

The completed drawing with all the shading in place see if you can find the missing details?

The completed drawing with all the shading in place see if you can find the missing details?

A mash up hot rod made from some of the drawings on this page combined together.

The customized Vauxhall Victor as a line drawing.

The customized Vauxhall Victor as a line drawing.

How to draw cars the completed mash up car with color.

The customized Vauxhall Victor colored and looking like a mean machine.

The customized Vauxhall Victor colored and looking like a mean machine.

Drawing Cars, How to draw tires that good

A new Mazda Kazamai concept car gives us a look into the future.

Mazda concept car drawing in pencil and pen.

Mazda concept car drawing in pencil and pen.

A pencil drawing that has been manipulated with photo editing software for presentation.

A pencil drawing that has been manipulated with photo editing software for presentation.

How to draw cars easy, Austin Healey tracing in pencil.

How to draw cars easy, Austin Healey tracing in pencil.

Nissan Motivity 400C, Futuristic Concept Car.

Nissan Motivity 400C, Futuristic Concept Car.

Better Looking By Far.

I didn’t realise that many of those viewing this page don’t realise that this image is composed of my own original drawings made using the methods laid out for you to follow easy step by step.

I didn’t realise that many of those viewing this page don’t realise that this image is composed of my own original drawings made using the methods laid out for you to follow easy step by step.

The grid method.

Using this grid method means that in the future you will be able to scale your drawings to any size bigger or smaller depending on the size of drawing you want. Measure the size of your picture and then divide or multiply the number to make your picture bigger or smaller. Measure the length and height of your picture, so for example if it is 24cm wide and 18cm high then you can divided it by six giving you 12 squares in your grid. That’s four squares along the width and three along the height this might be easier to understand by looking at the picture below that I have started. A word of advice the more squares you have the easier it will be to construct your drawing because you will have more points of reference I would advise you to use 3cm squares not 6cm like I have making it 24 squares in total.

Grid reference.

Now what you do is work out where lines cross your grid lines to give you reference points to be able to work out where the different lines and marks go because you are using a grid the area you are working in is lot smaller. This makes it easier because it enables you to keep things in proportion and not have to think to hard about perspective. In the above picture notice how I have started by doing the front of the car and very little of the rest so I can do the detail square by square until it is complete. Don’t worry too much if the first couple of attempts don’t work out as well as you would like they will with a little practice and you will soon get quite competent at doing this. Below you will find some pictures of my progress using this method of construction.

Draw anything.

Master this grid method and you will soon be able to draw a car or anything else, not just cars to any size you want. Some people make themselves a viewing grid out of clear plastic sheeting with lines drawn onto it so they can place it in front of them to draw anything anywhere, landscapes, people, buildings or objects just about anything.

The fact is all drawing is about measurement, how you do that measuring is completely up to you. You can do it the hard way or an easier way. The hard way is trying to draw freehand thinking you can just draw by looking. The hard way is not understanding that all drawing is measuring, how you do it is up to you. Yes I said the same thing twice because it's true.

Finally I have created a picture that is a combination of three methods.

1. I have traced the main body of the car without the wheels and top half of the roof.

2. I have drawn in the wheels from an earlier picture of the corvette and made them fit the body but lowered it so it is nearer the ground also lowered the roof to make the car look longer. This is very much like using the grid method because the tracing has given me reference points to work from.

3. I have combined all the information gathered and made a mash up thus creating my very own unique car from the learning I have acquired whilst putting this information together.

I hope this gives you the insight, enthusiasm and knowledge to now create your own mash up and develop your drawing skills.

Thank you for your time and I wish you much success and enjoyment.

Just a little bit about car tires and wheels.

Below you will find a short video about finding good visual information in the pictures you want to use as examples to draw cars from, so as to be more able to draw tires and wheels that look realistic. The question was asked how to you get your tires to look that good, so I made this short video to try to explain that your drawing will only be as good as the information you have to copy from, the better the picture the better your information and end drawing. When you have drawn a number of different tires and wheels you will have also built up a visual understanding of how to make them look good, along with a visual memory that will inform your future drawings. The video gives an example of the detail you need to be looking for when wanting to be more able to draw wheels and tires that look that good.

The harder you look, the more information you will find, in the example video below you will see how, and also be told how to identify that information, with good detailed information in the picture you would like to draw you will find it much easier to create realistic tires and wheels that look that good, as well as realistic drawings.

Other pages where you can get help for learning how to draw cars and improve your drawing skills.

  • How to draw easy step by step.
    How to draw easy is a step by step guide to drawing great pictures without driving yourself daft trying to figure it out, plus some great pictures.
  • Modern Mark Making, Revealed.
    Letters are marks that we have given meaning to which then enable us to convey meaning through the combination's of written marks. All drawing and painting consists of marks being made on a flat surface...

Drawing cars and drawing videos by the aurhor of this hub.

  • IrfanView
    IrfanView, Convert, Optimize, Scan and Print, Create Slide Shows, Batch Processing, Play Movies, Sounds and many, many more applications. IrfanView is a tool that I could not do without because it’s compatible with so many different file formats.
  • YI Your Index, free stock photos.
    You can go here to search for free stock photos of cars but remember you can get them from lots of other places but please remember all images belong to the owner, they are only yours if you draw them. Only use them as a template, always give credit.
  • Paint.NET.
    A free image and photo editing software compatible with computers running Windows. It features intuitive and innovative user interface, multi layer support, unlimited undo, effects, also a wide assortment of useful and powerful tools.
  • How to draw cars, a game that helps you draw cars.
    This is an interesting game that shows you and tells you how to draw the cars in the portfolio provided for your entertainment. When you get to the page click on the statement that says play this game and the rest is self-explanatory.
  • About.com, Draw Cars, Trains and Planes - Learn to Draw Transport.
    Illustrator and Artist George Trosley gives instruction in drawing cars, trucks, a dragster and off road vehicle providing 11 sample pages packed with tips and great ideas from his book.
  • Drawing Coach.
    Drawing cartoon cars that look good is not as easy as it may seem, though cartoon cars may look uncomplicated, there's actually far more going on than you may realize in the drawing. This guide will assist you with some of the difficulties involved.
  • eHow, how to draws cars with MS Paint.
    More helpful advice on how to draw cars using MS Paint giving basic instructions that advise on ways to accomplish the task of drawing cars on the PC without the cost of expensive software.
  • DrawThrough
    A massive amount of visual, conceptual and written information can be obtained from this site too much to fully explain. The only way is to look for yourself and I can guarantee you will not be disappointed. Take a good look in the galleries.