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Make a Simple Sketch of a Classic Car

Begin by studying the overall mass shape of the vehicle. Objects are made up of a series of shapes that when placed together, make up the entire subject. Then, form can be added to these shapes with curved lines and shading. Notice that you could draw the top of the vehicle using a box. The left corner of the windshield is the closest part to us.

Step 1. Draw a light guideline of a box that looks like it could contain the top and roof of the car. We are using "freehand" sketch methods here so try to estimate the line angles. Change them slightly if you wish to. Another more accurate method is to use actual perspective rules with vanishing points and guidelines. With this exercise, just relax and just sketch what you see.

Step 2. Next, draw another box that appears to be the general shape of the body. Place it under the top box where it appears to be in the right position compared to the top.


Step 3. Next, continue by drawing angled boxes that appear to be the general shape of the tires. Place these in relationship to the other elements you see.

Step 4. Now we add some detail guides. Study the photo and notice where the various elements are compared to all other ones. For instance, notice that the grill has "bullets" in it and they are to the right and left of center. Also, draw slight angles for the top that match the angles in the photo.

Step 5. Now use the boxes and guideline areas to develop the shape of the entire vehicle. Draw ellipses for the tires and hubcaps. Notice how everything fits into simple boxes and the vehicle begins to appear realistic. To finish the drawing to your satisfaction, continue to apply shaded areas and more detail. To make shading smoother, use the side of the pencil lead. This will shade wider areas in a smooth manner. Use the point to work in smaller areas.

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