Draw A Realistic Car
Since living in Tallinn, Estonia, I see many (very) nice cars passing by Draw A Realistic Car. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Tesla, and more! Last time I spotted an incredible Dodge Viper. I thought now was the time to take a picture of it and draw it later. So here we are after, I pulled the supercar, and I offer you a quick little tutorial to learn, you too, to draw a realistic car in 7 simple steps. I’ll give you a little extra tip at the end of the article (it’s about a pretty cool background, but I won’t tell you more). I used black chalk and charcoal powder for this exercise.
Sketch the car in the proper proportions.
It may seem obvious to some, but I prefer to remind you: I always start a realistic drawing with a “rough” sketch to get the right proportions of my model.
I have also dedicated an entire video to this subject. I’ll explain the chaotic sketch method – or the magic sketch – to draw with perfect proportions thanks to scribbling, yes, yes. You can watch it right here: Draw a well-proportioned portrait with a CHAOTIC drawing.
You can also use this article “The Simple Perspective to Draw A Realistic Car ” for help. Take the time to do this first step carefully. It will give you a solid foundation on which to design your supercar.
Mark the dark areas
Once I have my pencil sketch, the filling can begin. For this second step, I focus on the dark areas. I take my black stone and start to mark all the shadows I see in the photo.
- Contour lines, wheel arches, headlights, grille, etc. I report all the most contrasted parts of the image.
- Once the dark areas have been marketing with black chalk, I go over all the lines with a stump. This process fixes the graphite on the paper so that it does not erase when I apply the layers of charcoal.
- It is my favorite technique for drawing a real car. I had used the same to draw a leather jacket, realistic too.
- I put the link to the article if you want to read it also: How to Draw a Leather Garment? Complete tutorial.
- I now leave my black stone aside and go to charcoal.
- Use charcoal sticks for the car body.
For this step, I am using several sticks of compressed charcoal in different tones.
I start with the clearest. Using a scalpel, I scrape my charcoal stick above a leaf (which I will only be using for this) to make powder. Then I spread it with my brush.
I do this on the whole car. And I gradually go from the lightest charcoal stick to the darkest.
I had already explained this technique to you in detail in my article: Landscape drawing a Realistic Horse Head: The Final Steps. It makes it possible to obtain a beautiful contrast and intense shades of gray while keeping a blurry and blurred effect for a beautiful rendering of the material.
Work on the contrast of the image
I keep doing this until I get the contrast I want for Draw A Realistic Car. I insist on the practical side because the rendering of the material plays a lot in the final result.
Here, the mixture of black chalk and charcoal brings this strength to the drawing. The reflections come after.
So I continue to ramp up with my charcoal more and more black. I also do not hesitate to iron some outlines with black chalk if they need a minor touch-up.
Harmonize the whole and create a gradient
Once I’m satisfied, I can harmonize it all using my brush. It allows me to attenuate the whole drawing and create a gradient.
In particular, this avoids having lines that are too sharp or too sharp. The base of the body is ready. I can take the next step, a crucial action in drawing a realistic and believable car: the light.
Enhance the light areas of the vehicle
Highlights make all the difference in a sketch. They bring realism, depth, volume, sparkle, etc.
Here, I focus on:
- the two bands of the cover;
- reflections in the headlights and on the doors;
- or the shine of the rims.
My favorite tool, in this case, is the Tombow eraser. With it, I start to highlight all the weak areas of the sketch before moving on.
The final touches to draw a realistic car
Then I use my “warm gray” pencil from Faber Castell. Ideal for more subtle nuances in the sketch.
Then I finish my last touch-ups on the car with white chalk. Its layout is more straightforward. It brings a beautiful bright light.
Bonus tip: add a double exposure background
At this point, you already know all the steps to Draw A Realistic Car. You have all the cards in your hand.
But I still wanted to (re) share with you a very nice tip to create an original background to your sketch. An experience in double exposure, which will give you this result:
For this, you need a computer and free software. It’s relatively straightforward. I explain the procedure in detail in this article: Drawing technique with Mixed Techniques: a tutorial.