There’s a lot of stuff I don’t understand well, and when I draw one of those many things, I try to look at lines, shapes and relative angles as carefully as I can and not draw a symbol from my head. That applies to drawing cars and the symbol that’s stuck in my head since I was a little kid looks kinda like this.
Among the things I look at in particular to avoid the car above are:
– The shape of wheels (rarely circles) and where the four wheels are positioned relative to each other from my viewpoint. (I look for overlap, shape of the ellipse, and relative vertical alignment)
– The shape of the body, the hood, and the position and shape of the details like the lights. (and other stuff that I don’t know the names to)
– The proportions of a particular car that give it it’s characteristic look
I often look at the front and rear “face” of the car and think of it as a personality. Some cars look happy, some mean; some angry, others confused. The overall expression and personality of the car is important for me to capture more than all its exact details.
And then there’s one more bit: the shadow under a car. Capture that and suddenly that floating vehicle sits on the ground.
Those are my car-drawing tips. If you have any of your own, comment and share them, I’d love to hear your tips.
I’m not an expert at drawing cars. Or trees. Or people. Or buildings. Or just about anything else. But I like to be able to draw anything without fearing it. It’s really about drawing stories that interest me, and I’d never want to avoid drawing something that piqued my interest just because it involves something I “don’t draw”.
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