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Easy Car Drawing Guide: 8 Steps Everyone Can Follow

Come join us on a journey to learn how to draw a car! Did you know that the first car was invented way back in 1886? Cars have come a long way since then, becoming fast and beautiful machines. However, drawing them can be quite challenging, especially for beginners. Getting the proportions right can be a struggle. But don’t worry, we’re here to help!

In this easy car drawing guide, we will provide you with tips and step-by-step instructions to help you draw a basic car. We understand that starting with an older model might not be as exciting, but it’s best to begin small and learn the fundamentals before tackling more recent models. So grab a pencil and paper, and let’s get started!

Tools You’ll Need to Draw a Car

Before we begin, let’s gather the necessary tools that will come in handy during the drawing process. While you can use any pencil and paper you prefer, we recommend having the following:

  • An H pencil: This pencil has a hard lead, making it perfect for sketching light and easily erasable lines.
  • An HB pencil: This pencil has a medium-hard lead, ideal for adding details and soft shading.
  • A B pencil: For shading purposes, a soft lead pencil with a dark grey, almost black color is recommended.
  • A kneaded eraser: This versatile eraser can be stretched and compressed as needed. It’s great for erasing mistakes and even highlighting certain parts of your drawing.
  • Lightly-textured paper: Using paper with a smooth surface makes drawing easier, especially for beginners.

Now that we have our tools ready, let’s dive into the step-by-step process of drawing a car.

How to Draw a Car in 8 Easy Steps

Drawing a car is much simpler than it seems, especially when you use geometrical shapes as guidelines. Let’s break down the process into eight easy steps:

Step 1: Draw the Guidelines

To ensure the correct proportions, we’ll start by using geometric shapes to create guidelines for our car. Begin by drawing two squares diagonally, with one square at the front and the other slightly to the right, forming a square prism. This will determine the car’s size.

Step 1 - Draw the Guidelines

Next, connect the corners of the squares with straight lines, creating a square prism. The distance between the squares represents the length of the car.

Step 1 - Draw the Guidelines

To position the car accurately, divide the front square into 16 smaller squares. Extend the lines forming the squares over the top and right side of the large square prism. Divide the top of the base into four equal parts and connect the lines with the bottom of the right side of the prism, forming rectangles.

Step 1 - Draw the Guidelines

Step 2: Outline the Car

Now it’s time to start outlining the car. Using an H pencil, begin by drawing the front part, including the bumper and headlights. Connect the lines in the middle of the front square and the edges on either side of the second row of squares. Add a diagonal line through the middle of the rectangles in the bottom row to form the roof.

Step 2 - Outline the Car

Step 3: Add Details to the Hood, Wheels, and Windows

To add more depth to your sketch, focus on the essential parts of the car. Draw a rectangle above the hood to make it stand out and connect it to the existing outline.

Step 3 - Add Details

For the wheels, draw two circles on the sides of the car, making sure the front wheel covers the bottom rectangle. Add a smaller circle inside each wheel to depict the rims.

Step 3 - Add Details

Sketch the windshield and windows, using the existing shapes as reference. Make the windshield slightly curved and copy its shape to create the front and back windows.

Step 3 - Add Details

Step 4: Draw the Bumper and Headlights

Using an H pencil, add the bumper by extending a straight line above the bottom row of squares. Draw an upside-down trapezoid at the front and connect it to the first and last square of the bottom row. Create a rectangle above the trapezoid to form the grille.

Step 4 - Draw Bumper and Headlights

Step 5: Sketch the Mirrors and Turn Signals

Draw the turn signals by sketching two small circles below the headlights. For the mirrors, use a “C” shape on the right side and a pyramid-like shape with a flat top on the left side. Connect the top left corner of the hood to the bottom of the car to mark where the doors will be.

Step 5 - Sketch Mirrors and Turn Signals

Step 6: Add Dimension to the Tires

Give the tires some dimension by connecting the circles you previously drew to the bottom of the car. For a side view, draw a smaller circle inside the original one.

Step 6 - Add Dimension to Tires

Step 7: Remove Guidelines and Add Finishing Touches

Using a kneaded eraser, carefully remove the guidelines to clean up your drawing. Once the unnecessary squares and rectangles are gone, you can add finishing touches. Make the central circle in each tire slightly larger and add fenders by curving the bumper above each wheel.

Step 7 - Remove Guidelines and Add Touches

Step 8: Shade Your Car Drawing

Now comes the fun part – shading! Use an HB and B pencil to add depth and dimension to your sketch. Shade the windshield, mirrors, rims, grille, and tires in dark grey or black. Create a wave-like shape from the front windshield to the rear window and shade it in light grey for a realistic effect.

Step 8 - Shade Your Drawing

Congratulations! You’ve successfully drawn a car from scratch. Reflect on your journey and admire your masterpiece.

What’s Next?

Now that you’re on a roll, why not continue your drawing adventure? Check out these other drawing guides on the BIOWARS blog:

  • How to draw a tree
  • How to draw a rose
  • How to draw a mushroom

If you’re feeling inspired, we also have a wide range of animal drawing tutorials:

  • How to draw a horse
  • How to draw a wolf
  • How to draw a bunny
  • How to draw a cat
  • How to draw a dog

And if you’re up for the challenge of drawing people, be sure to explore our tutorials on facial features:

  • How to draw a face
  • How to draw a nose
  • How to draw eyes
  • How to draw a mouth

Excitingly, we’ve also illustrated the BIOWARS comic book protagonists. Don’t miss out on our YouTube channel filled with tutorials from various comic book artists.

Meet the Artist

This guide was created by Goncalo Lopes, the talented artist behind the BIOWARS comic book’s captivating characters and menacing pathogens. With an impressive background in movies and TV shows like GI-Joe, TMNT, Transformers, Adventure Time, and Godzilla, Goncalo is here to help you improve your drawing skills. Pay attention to his tips and tricks to quickly learn how to draw like a pro!

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Now that you’ve learned how to draw a car using geometrical shapes and following our step-by-step guide, the sky’s the limit! Mastering the art of drawing a proportional old car will make it easier for you to tackle more complex and modern models in the future. Keep practicing and exploring your artistic skills.

Stay tuned for more exciting drawing guides and tips from BIOWARS. Happy drawing!

Alexia Young

Hello and welcome to the world of Alexia. I am a passionate and dedicated artist who loves to create beautiful, mesmerizing art for everyone's walls. I believe in the importance of encouraging people to express their creativity and be happy.

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