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How to draw a car sketch in side view

Dear friends,
I just made this quick car sketch in side view and I wanted to share it with you hoping that it might be of help. This sketch is the very first step to draw a quick car sketch in side view using the tyre as a reference to control proportions length and hight of the car.
First step
This car is a sort of small compact coupé type and to do it I just 3 and 1/2 tyres between the front and rear tyre to set up my wheelbase, after almost 3 tyres to set up the hight.
Second step
Second thing I did was the base (floor line) of the car (just a little lower than the wheels center) and its shadow on the floor to give a bit of perspective (in fact shadow’s outline is in perspective). the rest was kind of easy because after the first 2 steps I could see the overall shape I wanted to sketch.
 Now I should  re-draw it giving a bit of extra balance to make it a bit more elegant and stretched to improve my car drawing. This is for next time!
Now if you want take my quick drawing and try to re trace it with your style and have fun!

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  • Labor Posters
    February 7, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Now i know how to draw a car side view and after that i go to photoshop for final editing. Thanks for sharing dude.

  • Delsie Maidens
    March 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Drawing a car can be very tough if taken lightly. Your steps would definitely be helpful for those practicing newbies. Make sure your calculations are correct. As for myself, I usually start with the measurements.

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