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Car Design Sketching Sources on-line

Dear friends,

how many of you are on or know  Pinterest? Probably many, however for those that do not know Pinterest you should check it clicking Automotive Product Design Board 

Pinterest is a new social network online where all Trends are including car design news and photos of high quality, you can also find lots of profiles and boards dedicated to car design sketching, tutorials & design.

I am there too!


Design Education

Car Design Sketching Tips E-Book now available for download!

Dear friends,

Car Design Sketching Tips is now available also as an E-Book! 

So download clicking: Luciano Bove E-Book

With this book you will learn, step by step, how to sketch cars in perspective following easy exercises. It is made for all beginners and also young design students having difficulties at home.
In the book you will also find several extra illustrations as examples to follow.

Thank you and share it!


Design Education

How to check perspective on my sketch? Tips…

Dear friends,
when we start sketching cars we usually start from a side view or a perspective. If we start from a side view (what I prefer to do…) we try proportions and also a credible creative proposal (taking into considerations package and some hard points).
If we start from a perspective we will spend sometime to get it right! However; how do we do to get it right without spending too much time on it?

Flip your page over!

The smart trick is exactly to flip your page over (see your drawing from the back). Using the transparent effect of your paper, pointing it to your window or on a light table, will show us all strange lines not really following the perspective. We will also judge better our proportions and design proposal attitude (is it too aggressive?  Is it too round? Is our Center Line well placed?…).

Now that you saw where your perspective problems are you can apply corrections improving your sketch!

Try and enjoy.

If you want you can order my “Car Design Sketching Tips” book on line at LULU

Design Education

Drawing wheels in perspective. Car sketching tips.

Many times I am asked about how to draw wheels in perspective on our car sketches or drawings. Every time I receive this question I give an answer which is “do not forget to direct your ellipse’s minor axes to the V.P.”
However said like this it does not come across very clearly so I have decided to make a simple video tutorial to show how I do explaining what I do (video at the end of this post).
I thought that this way I might be finally clear about the simple method to use.
Thanks to the video and my oral explanation you will understand how to do and you can try right away on your own over and over again to do it well even better than me.
Do not forget that it is always a matter of method and basic drawing rules to respect and using your talent and passion you will be able to do it!

Tutorial sketch by Luciano Bove
When I was a student in Art Center College of Design our teacher often told us that the easiest way to draw in good perspective rounded objects is to draw first their box or squarish shape. Example: Cube = Sphere because the sphere fits into a cube touching all 4 sides.


So when I think to draw a car in side view or in perspective I start sketching first its boxed shape! I apply the classical rules of perspective according to what type of perspective I want to use (1 point, 2 points or 3 points).
I make sure I always draw the box or shape Center Line to control the right proportions between left and right part of the car in perspective. With my Center Line in place I can estimate well those proportions.
Do not forget we have to draw “light” for the box and when we draw our car design sketch those lines will have a different light darker pressure effect…this way at the end of our drawing we will almost not see anymore the box lines.

Now that we understand what does it mean “draw inside a box” lets draw our rectangular box to transform it into a car sketch.
Next step is to draw its wheels to do so I draw 2 square boxes, I draw inside the square the crossing lines to find its center and after this I will simply draw inside the ellipse which will come out automatically correct in perspective having our box already the right perspective (see video).
We can see how the minor axe of our ellipse is going to the right V.P. Obviously we will procede drawing shadow’s car on the ground (Black or dark Gray marker) following perspective lines and we will add a bit of reflections on car body using our light Gray marker and we will finish drawing a glass and windshield reflections using a medium Gray marker to get the transparent effect.

Little add of white gouache for highlights and frame better our focal point.
Now our car drawing with correct ellipses in perspective is finished.

Thank you!

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A quick car sketch!

Dear friends,

what is a quick sketch? What its utility?
To learn to make quick sketch correctly has been a great exercise I learned at school. Our teacher Henry Bradley used to ask us the 5 minutes sketch session. We had to start sketching a car with a pencil or a pen entirely, when the 5 minutes expired we started a new sketch and non stop for an hour!

It was a great exercise to gain confidence learning and repeating all basics of drawing, for an hour we all became a drawing machine and the more we did the better we did!

Today when I make a quick car sketch young students ask me: “…how can you do it so fast that looks so simple?”

Now you know 🙂

What are you waiting for? Come on, start your 5 minutes sketch session…

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