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How to Draw a Car in Perspective from Top View

Updated on January 31, 2018
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Luciano Bove is a car design manager working at Renault Design, born in Italy he studied at Art Center College of Design in California.

Hi friends,

today I'll try to explain very quickly how we can draw a car in tip-up perspective or top view perspective. This time we will try to make it in 2 steps. Step 1: as you ca see from my preliminary drawing I tried to sketch a basic shape in perspective (the car body) plus another one on top (the cockpit), I used as reference 1 point perspective vanishing point (indicated as 1 V.P.) the horizontal lines are going to infinite therefore they are parallel to each other (indicated with the laying down 8 symbols). The ellipses in this perspective are quite compressed and the minor axes are always going to the vanishing point ( indicated as 1 V.P. and look at arrowed lines). Before passing to step 2 let's not forget to draw our center section very important for judging proportions (indicated as the center line), the last thing is the shadow of this shape indicated on the ground.

First step

Step 2

Step 2 consists in giving a design to our shape well done in perspective, so to do it I started to round some corners and sections in order to give a car look to our box. I also think about body sections ( a box is flat and cars are not made of flat surfaces). While drawing I also started to think about car fluidity and sexy look so you can notice some nice shapes that will give good reflections to the car body and its sketch.

Remember to exercise a lot, drawing cars well comes with a lot of practice.

Just have fun!

Second Step


Important perspective

The Top View perspective is a unique point of view very useful to explain your design. With this perspective we can see the side, part of front & rear of your car design proposal. We can also see the plan main section and understand a lot about the volume and sections of your design.

The overall proportions are clear and the sketch talks to us. It is a view with a lot of useful information.

© 2010 Luciano Bove


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      Luciano Bove 13 months ago from Paris

      mo.of sorry you are free to express yourself, but I do not agree with your critic. Peace!

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      mo.of 13 months ago

      I am sorry to say that your axes aren't really correct and so are the tires. That fish sense style isn't helping any design, because it stretches the proportions. guess you are doing your thing and that it doesn't bother you, but maybe it matters to young sketchers. mind the axes and tires. if it doesn't look right, do it again until it fits with your feeling of perspective. and don't draw two eggs flipping in two different directions. anyway, peace

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      renu srivastava 5 years ago

      good concept for sketching

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      Luciano Bove 6 years ago from Paris

      Hi All, I am sorry for you but this is a very simple exercise to learn perspective in car sketching.

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      all1 6 years ago

      am sory but i can't understand. instead its very beautiful