How to draw a simple side view car sketch: basic steps

Step 1 the outline

Basic steps for a side view car sketch

Hi friends, lots of car design passionates would love to draw cars to show their own ideas about design taste and drawing ability. Here I publish 3 drawings that show the important steps to make to get a good side view car sketch. First of all before drawing we must think about good proportions because in car design proportions are the most important element to start a good car design project. To do so we will use the wheel size to make a wheelbase and the hight of our car. To make it easy we will draw a city car and in the illustration "step 1" you can see how I use the wheel to draw the base of our city car. Once we have the wheel base and we know how tall the car will be we start make a rugh outline of the center section (Y0) which will give us the main volume of the car and its attitude on wheels, for last we will draw a line to indicate the belt line making sure that it will not be too high and not too low.


Spet 2 work the outline

In the illustration "step 2" we will re-draw on the main outline trying to insert some details like: side windows, pillars, front and rear graphics (lights), good shadow on the ground outline, and some lines to indicate body reflections and glass reflextions. In the illustration "step 3" we define better some details like wheel design and some cut lines (door lines and bumber lines). The last thing we will do is to use a black marker for the car shadow on the ground and pillars (from line reflexion going down). We use a light cold or warm gray tone #2 for body reflextions and glass reflextions, we use the same marker once again to give depth creating a shading effect from top to down and at the end we use a black pencil color or a black ink Bic pen to give extra shading using the cross atching technique (crossing lines).

Voilà the side view car sketch is ready, now my demo is a neutral one in fact there is no design or creativity in it, just try to copy it following the 3 steps with discipline and apply your creativity!

Thanks!


Step 3 shading and some details

Here a short video of some super simple tutorials done in 3 steps, the most important aspects are perspectve proportions and linedrawing quality plus few détails.

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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

Nicely done. Automobiles are difficult to draw well. Thanks for sharing your expertise.


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luciano63 6 years ago from Paris Author

Thanks Mike!


Martin 6 years ago

A very nice and simple tutorial, thx! :D


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luciano63 6 years ago from Paris Author

Thank you Martin!


omi 6 years ago

it looks cool n simple, but comprhensive. gud work


Santiago 6 years ago

thanks for the tips.


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luciano63 6 years ago from Paris Author

Thanks for you encouraging comments!


Fhilip 6 years ago

Reallly goood!

I loved it! As a starter in car design, your tutorial is really easy to understand. Very good, helped me a lot!

Thank you luciano :]


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luciano63 6 years ago from Paris Author

Ciao Philip, I am glad you liked it! I just published a new one check it out at www.lucianobove.blogspot.com


gaurav 6 years ago

thanks!!! i want to learn more


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luciano63 6 years ago from Paris Author

Gaurav,

this is a new one check it out http://hubpages.com/art/Color-car-sketch-tutorial


Omkar Pathak 6 years ago

Gr8, dat was ez


Jessica 6 years ago

This is a great addition to the informative articles about car design. It is hard to find car design basics nowadays. I hope the author would continue to write more...thumbs up!


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luciano63 6 years ago from Paris Author

Thank you Jessica for your comment, I sure will continue!


Hadjey Michael 6 years ago

please I am one of the instructors in one of the Federal Government Technical Colleges here in Nigeria and I need to know the latest modelling technique and latest development in vehicle body building industries for the purpose of instruction.can I get any assistance (audio visual aid)from you?


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luciano63 6 years ago from Paris Author

Yes you might search here for my other hubs or check out my blog Car Design Education Tips.

Thanks for commenting.


CSDesign 6 years ago

hey Nice tutorial!! i never did one like this

you can check it mine :D


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luciano63 6 years ago from Paris Author

Hi CS Design, thanks for passing by I'll check your demo.


kaka 6 years ago

Thanks!

very good~~~


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luciano63 6 years ago from Paris Author

Thanks!


bob 6 years ago

can u draw a lambrogini


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luciano63 6 years ago from Paris Author

Hi Bob,

with this technique steps you can draw any car.


rocky 6 years ago

good car


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luciano63 6 years ago from Paris Author

Thanks Rocky!


diddy219 6 years ago

Wow that is awesome. I could never draw a car be for.Thank You


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luciano63 6 years ago from Paris Author

Thank you Diddy219!


joshua 5 years ago

wot the hell


backstbrz 5 years ago

thanks for the tutorial... loved it!


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luciano63 5 years ago from Paris Author

Thank you Backstbrz!


Ramiz 5 years ago

truly sir its really helpful for us to practice and get the basic knowledge of designing....i like all these tips very much....pls send some more am waiting...and thanks for previous ones..


ivyfromnuevayork 4 years ago

you should youtube your tutorials


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luciano63 4 years ago from Paris Author

Thanks Ivy it sounds like a good idea!


Ivan Patrick Carmody 4 years ago

Wow ! that's a really great way to draw a car, thanks for the tutorial... loved it!


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luciano63 4 years ago from Paris Author

Thank you Ivan!


Arnav 4 years ago

Thank you very much for the tips,before i was very much confuse with the proportion of the cars Regards Arnav


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luciano63 4 years ago from Paris Author

Arnav thank you!


jacob 4 years ago

hi i hated that thing because i said SIMPLE car instuctions


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hamid79 4 years ago from Bloemfontein South Africa

I'm sending you my stuff TOMORRO lol i like


Nilesh Tiwari 4 years ago

It's really helpful for the beginners.

Thanks


Shubhankar Kshirsagar 3 years ago

Thanks sir Iam very fond of cars. It is my dream to become a sucessful car designer and you have helped me a lot in moving forward in my career.


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luciano63 3 years ago from Paris Author

I am happy for you!

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