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Tips and Tricks for Drawing a Car

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Here at The News Wheel, we like to channel our creative brains on a regular basis. While bringing you automotive news helps sharpen our writing skills, every so often we have a little contest to see which of our editors can produce the best (or funniest) drawings. For those artistically inclined, drawing can be a stress reliever, a fun hobby, or even a career. For those of us with little to no artistic talent who – for lack of a better word – suck at drawing, it can be nice to have some advice.

When our editors were at the Chicago Auto Show, Chevrolet was giving out booklets with a few tips and tricks for drawing cars that we’d like to share with you.

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Tips and Tricks for Drawing a Car

[wptab name=”Proportions”]

Chevrolet - How to Sketch a Car (Page 4)


If you’re drawing a vehicle from the side, creating the right proportions is key to making the sketch look true to the model. Start with your wheelbase – once you’ve chosen how big to draw the wheels, make sure you have three full wheel bases between each wheel (as pictured above). This may vary for some sportier models, but for the most part it should give you a good starting point.


[wptab name=”Perspective”]

Chevrolet - How to Sketch a Car (Page 6)


No matter which way you decide to draw your vehicle, perspective will play a role. Drawing a vehicle from the side, which tends to be the easiest, is considered a “one point perspective” because you only have to consider one point of view. If you’re drawing from an angle, you’ll have to consider two points of view: what you would see from the front and what you would see from the side.


[wptab name=”Shading”]

Chevrolet - How to Sketch a Car (Page 8)


While shading is a multi-step process, adding dimension throughout the drawing, it all starts with identifying your light source. Whether the “light” is coming from the top-left corner of the page or elsewhere is up to you. Once you decide where your “light source” is coming from, you can begin shading. Lighter shading should be facing the light source, while darker shading will create shadows (see sphere in image above). From there, you can color it in – keeping in mind the light source with lighter and darker tones.



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See the full booklet below:

Sources: Chevrolet