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How to Draw a Simple Side View Car Sketch: Basic Steps

Updated on January 21, 2017
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Luciano Bove is a car design manager working at Renault Design, born in Italy he studied at Art Center College of Design in California.

Hi friends, lots of car design aficionados would love to draw cars to show their own ideas about design, taste, and drawing ability. Here I publish three drawings that show the important steps to making a good side view car sketch.

First of all before drawing we must think about good proportions, because in car design proportions are the most important element . To do so we will use the wheel size to make a wheel base and the height of our car.

Side View Fast Car Sketch Tutorial

Step 1: The Outline

To make it easy we will draw a city car, and in the illustration "Step 1" you can see how I use the wheel to draw the base of our city car. Once we have the wheel base and we know how tall the car will be, we start making a rough outline of the center section (Y0) which will give us the main volume of the car and its attitude on wheels. Last we will draw a line to indicate the belt line, making sure it is not too high and not too low.

Step 2: Work the Outline

In the illustration "Step 2" we will re-draw on the main outline, trying to insert details like side windows, pillars, front and rear graphics (lights), good shadow on the ground outline, and some lines to indicate body reflections and glass reflections.

Step 3: Shading and Some Details

In the illustration "Step 3" we define better some details like wheel design and some cut lines (door lines and bumper lines). The last thing we will do is to use a black marker for the car shadow on the ground and pillars (from the line reflection going down). We use a light cold or warm gray tone #2 for body reflections and glass reflections, we use the same marker once again to give depth creating a shading effect down from the top, and at the end we use a black pencil color or a black ink Bic pen to give extra shading using the cross-hatching technique (crossing lines).

Voilà, the side view car sketch is ready. Now my demo is a neutral one; in fact there is no design or creativity in it, just try to copy it following the three steps with discipline and apply your creativity!

Thanks!

Top View Perspective

Here a short video of a top view perspective. What is really important drawing this view is the overall perception of the car.

We can judge overall proportions, top sections, and general volumes. The sketch also looks more exciting because of its perspective and point of view and more dynamic than other views. (The side view is a static view.)

Adding some extra details gives a more artistic touch to the drawing and its composition, too.

© 2010 Luciano Bove

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    • Mike Lickteig profile image

      Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Nicely done. Automobiles are difficult to draw well. Thanks for sharing your expertise.

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      Luciano Bove 6 years ago from Paris

      Thanks Mike!

    • Martin 6 years ago

      A very nice and simple tutorial, thx! :D

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      Luciano Bove 6 years ago from Paris

      Thank you Martin!

    • omi 6 years ago

      it looks cool n simple, but comprhensive. gud work

    • Santiago 6 years ago

      thanks for the tips.

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      Luciano Bove 6 years ago from Paris

      Thanks for you encouraging comments!

    • Fhilip 6 years ago

      Reallly goood!

      I loved it! As a starter in car design, your tutorial is really easy to understand. Very good, helped me a lot!

      Thank you luciano :]

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      Luciano Bove 6 years ago from Paris

      Ciao Philip, I am glad you liked it! I just published a new one check it out at www.lucianobove.blogspot.com

    • gaurav 6 years ago

      thanks!!! i want to learn more

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      Luciano Bove 6 years ago from Paris

      Gaurav,

      this is a new one check it out http://hubpages.com/art/Color-car-sketch-tutorial

    • Omkar Pathak 6 years ago

      Gr8, dat was ez

    • Jessica 6 years ago

      This is a great addition to the informative articles about car design. It is hard to find car design basics nowadays. I hope the author would continue to write more...thumbs up!

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      Luciano Bove 6 years ago from Paris

      Thank you Jessica for your comment, I sure will continue!

    • Hadjey Michael 6 years ago

      please I am one of the instructors in one of the Federal Government Technical Colleges here in Nigeria and I need to know the latest modelling technique and latest development in vehicle body building industries for the purpose of instruction.can I get any assistance (audio visual aid)from you?

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      Luciano Bove 6 years ago from Paris

      Yes you might search here for my other hubs or check out my blog Car Design Education Tips.

      Thanks for commenting.

    • CSDesign 6 years ago

      hey Nice tutorial!! i never did one like this

      you can check it mine :D

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      Luciano Bove 6 years ago from Paris

      Hi CS Design, thanks for passing by I'll check your demo.

    • kaka 6 years ago

      Thanks!

      very good~~~

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      Luciano Bove 6 years ago from Paris

      Thanks!

    • bob 6 years ago

      can u draw a lambrogini

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      Luciano Bove 6 years ago from Paris

      Hi Bob,

      with this technique steps you can draw any car.

    • rocky 6 years ago

      good car

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      Luciano Bove 6 years ago from Paris

      Thanks Rocky!

    • diddy219 6 years ago

      Wow that is awesome. I could never draw a car be for.Thank You

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      Luciano Bove 6 years ago from Paris

      Thank you Diddy219!

    • joshua 5 years ago

      wot the hell

    • backstbrz 5 years ago

      thanks for the tutorial... loved it!

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      Luciano Bove 5 years ago from Paris

      Thank you Backstbrz!

    • Ramiz 5 years ago

      truly sir its really helpful for us to practice and get the basic knowledge of designing....i like all these tips very much....pls send some more am waiting...and thanks for previous ones..

    • ivyfromnuevayork 5 years ago

      you should youtube your tutorials

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      Luciano Bove 5 years ago from Paris

      Thanks Ivy it sounds like a good idea!

    • Ivan Patrick Carmody 5 years ago

      Wow ! that's a really great way to draw a car, thanks for the tutorial... loved it!

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      Luciano Bove 5 years ago from Paris

      Thank you Ivan!

    • Arnav 5 years ago

      Thank you very much for the tips,before i was very much confuse with the proportion of the cars Regards Arnav

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      Luciano Bove 5 years ago from Paris

      Arnav thank you!

    • jacob 4 years ago

      hi i hated that thing because i said SIMPLE car instuctions

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      hamid79 4 years ago from Bloemfontein South Africa

      I'm sending you my stuff TOMORRO lol i like

    • Nilesh Tiwari 4 years ago

      It's really helpful for the beginners.

      Thanks

    • Shubhankar Kshirsagar 3 years ago

      Thanks sir Iam very fond of cars. It is my dream to become a sucessful car designer and you have helped me a lot in moving forward in my career.

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      Luciano Bove 3 years ago from Paris

      I am happy for you!

    • Maamar Abaidi profile image

      Maamar Abaidi 2 years ago

      I have talent of designing cars , and I want to show my designs to expert to evaluate me . Thank you for all the informations about designing cars.

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