Wednesday, 2 May 2012

[] How To Learn To Draw Cars

By Owen Jones

Do you like drawing or painting? If so, have you ever considered drawing or painting cars? You might even be able to earn some money out of it. Young drivers love their first car and older drivers love their flashy cars. You could sketch their cars and then sell the sketches to them or offer to make a painting from your sketch.

The helpful thing about drawing cars is that while they are still, they are perfectly still and they do not alter their outline or colour like humans change their expressions, stances and clothes. In fact, it would be fairly easy to compile a collection of sketches of quite exotic cars as well - cars that most people could never even hope to own.

So, how would you go around doing that? Well, the first thing to do is choose which sort of cars or vehicles you want to draw. That normally equates to the form of cars that you find beautiful. You might like vintage, classic, sports or racing cars. Or drag or Formula One or luxury cars or any other sort.

Granted some of these types of cars are not easy to see unless you live in a big city, but you might find a way around that. You might be able to produce some fantastic drawings from decent photos, videos, manufacturers' advertisements or Internet promotions. See You Tube.

The thing that you have to do, by whichever means you have accessible to you, is familiarize yourself with your topic. Merely as early painters used to become concerned with autopsies in order to understand the underlying bone but muscle structure, so ought to the aspirant drawer of cars study the basic structure of cars.

All cars are basically the same, just as all humans are in essence the same, yet every body is different and every make of car is different as well. Begin with the general and work your way towards the precise. In other words, familiarize yourself with the fundamentals of cars and then the particulars of the model that you want to draw.

If you are already an experienced sketcher, I do not want to tell you how to suck eggs, yet if you are just starting out, I would like to give you some pointers.

Make your initial sketches fairly simple. Begin by drawing fundamental shapes: most cars are oblong with squarish side windows and oval front and back windows. Once you have a basic shape, you can start trying to add some details.

Do not get worried around going over your initial lines in order to make the shapes more realistic. Whilst you start, your car might look as if it is emerging from a fog, but the next time you draw a car, the lines will be better but more accurate from the start.

The main thing is not to be worried about making mistakes and only listen to critics who have tried sketching themselves.

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