How to draw with good proportions

How to draw with good proportions a car? Many times I write about drawing with good proportions because it is the first thing to have on a car sketch or illustration. When we see our favourites car designs (it does not matter if sports or city utilitarian cars) we like how their volume stands on the four wheels (how the car sits on wheels). We like their proportions first. Ferrari, Lamborghinis , Fiat 500, BMW series 3 or 5 at so on have great proportions and this comes from our ability in drawing and sketching correctly, it is mainly part of our inner talent that makes us feel the good proportions by looking at our sketch and correcting it if necessary. Girogetto Giugiaro the famous italian car designer father of most successful designs of 80s and 90s is known as the father of good proportions on cars (check the first VW Golf, the Fiat Panda…).
Today I have chosen this great figure drawing done my Guno Park to tell you that when we go to design school (like Art Center College in Pasadena or AFAD University in Bratislava…) we start from art classes like figure drawing or life drawing tu study body proportions which is the most complex shape and volume to draw.
It is a matter of excercise, structural drawing and hand/arm movement. The same thing when we follow a Typeface lettering class (which is mainly for Graphic Design courses), reproducing perfectly free hand a type face or creating a new one is a proportions work very hard to accomplish. We play with positive and negative spaces to get good proportions, the figure drawing and the type face lettering interact with space and relate to it. We, reproducing them, do the same thing on a white paper giving balance to all this.

A car shape and volume is exactly the same thing, the size of the wheels and the wheelbase will give us the feeling for a good front and rear over-hang and also how high the car should be. We do this just with a simple linework to see and judge the proportions we are giving to our car sketch. After, as second step, we start giving shadows to draw volumes and body sections modeling the sketch to our taste. The third step is about detailing and decoration (without doing it too much).

So my final suggestion for you is to explore (for those that at design school do not follow this method) other drawing domains such as life drawing, figure drawing , Grapgic Design to learn about proportions and improuve on your car sketching.

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  • Anonymous
    November 9, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Super advice Luciano.

    Unfortunately we as designers are routinely forced to design around an engineering package that is awkward, to put it politely.

    The challenge is then to create the impression of attractiveness with a variety of illusions and trickery.

    It's painful for the soul, but reality all the same.

  • Sussman
    November 10, 2009 at 7:59 am

    All well said…one thought on your beautiful lady-is that a horizon reflection on her cheeks?

  • Luciano Bove
    November 10, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    cool comments guys!

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