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

Updated on January 22, 2019
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Luciano Bove is a car design manager working at Renault Design. Born in Italy, he graduated from 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.

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 wheelbase and the height of our car.

Side View Fast Car Sketch Tutorial

Step 1: Draw the outline
Step 1: Draw the outline

Step 1: The Outline

To make it easy, we will draw a city car. In the illustration above, 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
Step 2: Work the outline

Step 2: Work the Outline

In the illustration above, 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: Add shading and some details
Step 3: Add shading and some details

Step 3: Shading and Some Details

In the illustration above, 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 in 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 its perspective and point of view are 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.

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      • luciano63 profile imageAUTHOR

        Luciano Bove 

        13 months ago from Paris

        Hi thank you please follow my Youtube channel with live sketching tutorial sessions ;) channel name: Luciano Bove Car Designer

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        Amechi 

        13 months ago

        Thanks a lot Sir for the tutorial. You have inspired many people through your tutorials, more power to your elbows.

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        Maamar Abaidi 

        4 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.

      • luciano63 profile imageAUTHOR

        Luciano Bove 

        6 years ago from Paris

        I am happy for you!

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        Shubhankar Kshirsagar 

        6 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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        Nilesh Tiwari 

        7 years ago

        It's really helpful for the beginners.

        Thanks

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        hamid79 

        7 years ago from Bloemfontein South Africa

        I'm sending you my stuff TOMORRO lol i like

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        jacob 

        7 years ago

        hi i hated that thing because i said SIMPLE car instuctions

      • luciano63 profile imageAUTHOR

        Luciano Bove 

        7 years ago from Paris

        Arnav thank you!

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        Arnav 

        7 years ago

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

      • luciano63 profile imageAUTHOR

        Luciano Bove 

        7 years ago from Paris

        Thank you Ivan!

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        Ivan Patrick Carmody 

        7 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 

        7 years ago from Paris

        Thanks Ivy it sounds like a good idea!

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        ivyfromnuevayork 

        7 years ago

        you should youtube your tutorials

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        Ramiz 

        8 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..

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        Luciano Bove 

        8 years ago from Paris

        Thank you Backstbrz!

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        backstbrz 

        8 years ago

        thanks for the tutorial... loved it!

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        joshua 

        8 years ago

        wot the hell

      • luciano63 profile imageAUTHOR

        Luciano Bove 

        8 years ago from Paris

        Thank you Diddy219!

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        diddy219 

        8 years ago

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

      • luciano63 profile imageAUTHOR

        Luciano Bove 

        9 years ago from Paris

        Thanks Rocky!

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        rocky 

        9 years ago

        good car

      • luciano63 profile imageAUTHOR

        Luciano Bove 

        9 years ago from Paris

        Hi Bob,

        with this technique steps you can draw any car.

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        bob 

        9 years ago

        can u draw a lambrogini

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        Luciano Bove 

        9 years ago from Paris

        Thanks!

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        kaka 

        9 years ago

        Thanks!

        very good~~~

      • luciano63 profile imageAUTHOR

        Luciano Bove 

        9 years ago from Paris

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

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        CSDesign 

        9 years ago

        hey Nice tutorial!! i never did one like this

        you can check it mine :D

      • luciano63 profile imageAUTHOR

        Luciano Bove 

        9 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.

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        Hadjey Michael 

        9 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 

        9 years ago from Paris

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

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        Jessica 

        9 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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        Omkar Pathak 

        9 years ago

        Gr8, dat was ez

      • luciano63 profile imageAUTHOR

        Luciano Bove 

        9 years ago from Paris

        Gaurav,

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

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        gaurav 

        9 years ago

        thanks!!! i want to learn more

      • luciano63 profile imageAUTHOR

        Luciano Bove 

        9 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

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        Fhilip 

        9 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 :]

      • luciano63 profile imageAUTHOR

        Luciano Bove 

        9 years ago from Paris

        Thanks for you encouraging comments!

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        Santiago 

        9 years ago

        thanks for the tips.

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        omi 

        9 years ago

        it looks cool n simple, but comprhensive. gud work

      • luciano63 profile imageAUTHOR

        Luciano Bove 

        9 years ago from Paris

        Thank you Martin!

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        Martin 

        9 years ago

        A very nice and simple tutorial, thx! :D

      • luciano63 profile imageAUTHOR

        Luciano Bove 

        9 years ago from Paris

        Thanks Mike!

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        Mike Lickteig 

        9 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

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

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