How to Draw a Car?

Drawing is an art, we have no doubt about it. However, you do not have to be an expert to enter the world of drawing. As you know, drawing cars is a talent that not everyone has, but anyone can try it.

You don’t have to be discouraged if you don’t get it right the first time, because nobody is born learned. Despite this, in this post you will learn in a simple way how to draw a car in two perspectives in a single plane. First you will draw the side of a car and then the front.

The drawing techniques are many, but for you, who are a beginner, we are going to show you the drawing in a single plane (which is very different from drawing in 3D) and in the simplest way. You don’t have to worry about anything other than having a pencil, paper and eraser at hand; because of the rest we take care of giving it to you in a step by step.

Instructions for drawing a car

How to draw a side car in the simplest way?

  • To Start, you can guide yourself with a small circle; which will become the wheel of your car.
  • Inside this, draw another smaller circle to define the tire. Then, make another circle a little smaller, filling in the middle area.
  • Then, you will proceed to draw the other wheel in parallel; about three centimeters away and following the same procedure.
  • At the end of the second wheel, join them with a straight line.
  • In that same straight line orientation, start drawing the back of the car. With a single stroke you will be defining what will be the rear bumper.
  • Then, with a single curved line, drawn to the left, you will draw the bodywork.
  • When you have reached a little more than half of what would be the roof of the car; you will lower the curve a bit to shape the hood.
  • With the hood line finished, you’ll start by shaping the front bumper in the same simple style as drawing the rear bumper.
  • Finally, start drawing the windows. To do this, draw straight lines that form a window, guiding you with the external contour of the car so that it is neither too small nor too large. Remember that there are two windows.
  • Now, a detail that you cannot miss is to delicately draw the handle to open the door. To do this, you can place a small rectangle under one of the windows.
  • Finally, remember to be able to put all the details you can think of. However, we have given you the simplest and most classic explanation to draw the base lines of a car.

How to draw a car from the front?

  • The easiest way to start is by defining what the bumper would be. This way of starting is the simplest and it will also help you as a beginner to better manage the proportions of your drawing.
  • Then, to shape the hood, draw curved lines from each end upwards.
  • To define the height, you must take into account the width of your bumper and close with a straight line from end to end to draw the roof of your car.
  • Already having the silhouette of your car in frontal perspective, start drawing the glass with straight lines that form a rectangle.
  • Remember that the roof line and the first line of the glass should be slightly curved to give a better appearance to the shape of the car; that way, it won’t look as square.
  • In the same way, to draw the grill, you have to draw two parallel straight lines from side to side; and a semi curve for the upper part that closes the rectangle of the grill.
  • It is important that you define the edge of the grill with a double line. In addition, you will have to take special care that the vertical lines of the grill are very straight and with the same separation between them so that it looks much better.
  • Finished the grill, you will go on to draw the headlights. You will make two squares, but with rounded edges to give volume to the image.
  • Don’t forget the details of the headlights that go near the bumper and to keep a straight line so that the lines look sharp.
  • Another detail that you cannot forget are the mirrors. To draw them you can make small rectangles with semi-curved lines at each end of the windows.
  • Likewise, don’t make the mistake of leaving your car in the air. Don’t forget to draw under the bumper the two wheels. These you have to fill in so that they stand out like real tires, being careful not to leave any blank spaces.

What do you need to draw a car?

  • First of all, you will need adequate space for drawing. This means a place with good light, so that there are no shadows when drawing and you can better define the strokes.
  • It seems incredible, but the correct chair and table make a big difference when drawing. However, since you are not a professional, you can use an ordinary table with a flat surface without indentations. Also, the chair needs to be of a suitable height so that your back doesn’t slouch too much when drawing.
  •  Keep pencils, sharpeners and erasers handy.
  • Make sure your hands are clean so you don’t dirty the worksheet.

types of pencils

We know that the pencil is the fundamental tool of the draftsman, after the paper. Therefore, it is important that you know a little about its different types and uses. It is clear that by using this or that pencil you will not be a better or worse draftsman, but knowing them and understanding their use well, yes.

Generally, pencils are classified by their hardness with a letter and a number:

  • H ‘s are harder graphite with a lighter shade. They are mostly used to draw clear details.
  • HBs are the basics. They are the #2 classics that you’ve heard all your life.
  • The F are harder and clearer than the HB.
  • And finally, the famous B ‘s are the darkest and softest. They are mostly used for artistic drawing.

Tips for drawing a car

  1. To draw cars, you should not always follow the same pattern. The most important thing is the observation of the lines. You can see them in a real car, in another drawing or imagine them in your mind.
  2. By visualizing the linesthat define the structure of your car, you can then make a sketch or skeleton of it.
  3. There are different ways to design a car skeleton or sketch. It can be in the form of a drawer and then you define the parts from the inside. Also, you can make a skeleton with stripes or crossed lines; which generally starts with a central cross to divide the body of the car into four sectors.
  4. Another way of sketching a car is with free strokes, as if it were a matter of going over a very light shadow; to then define the shape with stronger strokes and erase the clear ones.
  5. The best way to learn to draw is by drawing. So you will have to practice many times so that you can improve your own personal technique to draw cars.
  6. It is also important that you know the materials you are going to work with, especially the pencils; so that you can use them in the best way. Therefore, do not forget what we have told you about them previously

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