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Easy Car Drawing Guide: 8 Steps Everyone Can Follow

Two illustration demonstrating the process of drawing a car. Image used in the "Car Drawing Guide For Beginners [Sketch In 8 Easy Steps]" blog post.​

Come along as we share the steps to drawing a car!​

Did you know that the first car was made in 1886?

Since the first three-wheeled models, the cars have come a long way.

They’re fast and beautiful, but drawing them is often tricky.

Beginners usually struggle to get the proportions right, and that’s why we’re here!

We’ll share with you tips for easy car drawing, but you can’t laugh at how old the model we’ll sketch is.

Yeah, it’s a dinosaur, *BUT* when you’re a beginner, it’s best to start small and learn how to draw basic cars first and then move on to drawing more recent models.

Now, jump in and let’s roll!

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Watch BIOWARS Artist’s Video On Easy Car Drawing

If you’re a beginner, the easiest way to learn how to draw a car is to have a pro artist share his tips and tricks; so, we asked the lead BIOWARS comic book artist, Gonçalo Lopes, to create a step-by-step video guide on car drawing:

If you would like to learn how to draw a car at your own pace, read on and explore the illustrations that accompany each step!

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Sketching Tools To Draw A Car

Although you can use whatever pencil and paper you like for your car drawing, here are some tools that could come in handy:

  • An H pencil: A hard lead is the best choice for sketching because of its light trace that is easy to build but also erase.
  • An HB pencil: A medium-hard lead is a great choice when detailing and adding soft shade to your car drawing.
  • A B pencil: The soft lead is ideal for shading because of its dark grey, almost black color.
  • A kneaded eraser: Our go-to eraser is easy to stretch and compress, depending on what you need to erase. You can also use it to highlight parts of your sketch.
  • Lightly-textured paper: The smoother the surface of the paper, the easier it is to draw on it, so we recommend using lightly-textured paper, especially for beginners.

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How To Draw A Car In 8 Easy Steps

To show you how easy drawing a car can be, we’ll use geometrical shapes to create guidelines and add parts of the car one by one.

Now, let’s start!

1. Draw The Guidelines

Recommended tool: H pencil

When you’re a beginner drawing a car, you may struggle to get the proportions right.

But we’ll show you how to draw a perfectly symmetrical car using geometrical shapes!

For starters, draw two squares and place them diagonally, with one square at the front and the other behind, slightly to the right.

Two diagonal squares are connected, forming a square prism.​

Use geometrical shapes to determine the size of the car.​

Next, connect the squares at the corners with straight lines to form a square prism, like so:

Two diagonal squares are used as the basis for the car drawing.​

The distance between the squares marks the car’s length.​

Now, to position the car properly, let’s split the large square prism into smaller shapes.

Divide the front square into 16 smaller squares.

Then, extend the lines that form the squares so that they go over the top and the right side of the large square prism.

Next, let’s divide the top of the base into four equal parts and have the lines reach the bottom of the prism’s right side, forming rectangles:

The large square prism is divided into smaller square prisms, forming the base for the car drawing.​

Rectangles and squares will help you draw a car the easy way!​

2. Outline The Car

Recommended pencil: H pencil

Now it’s time to start outlining the car.

For starters, let’s draw the front part, where the bumper and headlights are.

Go over the line in the middle of the front large square and connect the left and right side.

Then, go over the edges on either side of the squares in the second row and stop when you reach the middle of the bottom squares.

From there, draw a diagonal line through the middle of the rectangles in the bottom line.

Then, point the line upwards and stop slightly above the second-row rectangles.

Now, let’s draw a diagonal line and have it reach the middle of the top rectangle to start forming the roof.

Make sure that line touches the right side.

On either side of the car, have straight lines reach the rectangles in the second top row.

As you reach one-third of the rectangles, draw a horizontal line to connect the sides.

For the windshield, draw two diagonal lines from the front of the roof and point them downward.

The line on the right should reach the left side of the top middle square. Make sure that the diagonal line ends just above the square’s bottom line.

From there, draw a horizontal line that touches the second rectangle on the side and connect it with the diagonal line on the left side.

To finish drawing the bonnet, a.k.a, the hood, connect the windshield with the front part of the car, like this:

The basic car outline is drawn using the squares and rectangles to properly position the car parts. ​

The basic car outline is ready! ​

3. Draw The Hood, Wheels And Windows

Recommended pencil: H pencil

Now it’s time to add some essentials to the basic sketch.

First, let’s make the hood more prominent.

To do that, draw a rectangle just above the outline of the hood you drew earlier and connect the two parts, like this:

A rectangle is drawn above the hood and attached to it to make the hood look 3D.​

Time to make the hood 3D! ​

Next comes drawing the wheels.

To outline them, let’s draw two circles on the side.

Have the front wheel cover the bottom rectangle and the majority of the one above it. Don’t forget to add a tiny circle in the middle of the wheel!

As for the back wheel, place it so that it covers about one-third of the penultimate and the better chunk of the last rectangle, like this:

Two circles are added to the sketch to depict the wheels.​

The car wheels are shaped like circles.​

Since this is a tiny car, its windows are also quite simple and small.

But first, let’s add more details to the windshield.

You’ll want to copy the shape you drew earlier, but make it smaller and place it inside of the larger windshield rectangle.

To draw the front window, start from the middle of the second rectangle in the third row.

Draw a diagonal line and have it end just below the rooftop.

Then, draw a straight line parallel to the roof and make sure it reaches about three-quarters of the top-third rectangle.

From there, point the line down and then connect it with the diagonal line on the left.

As for the back window, let’s make it the same shape as the one at the front, except smaller, like so:

Windows are added to the car’s left side.​

Adding geometrical shapes one by one helps you sketch the entire car.​

4. Draw The Bumper And Headlights

Recommended pencil: H pencil

To add the bumper, again, use the guidelines you drew first.

Draw a straight line just above the top of the squares in the bottom row and extend it to the side.

Then, draw a trapezoid at the front, but turn it upside-down and make sure it touches the top of the first and last square in the bottom row.

To make the front of the car more interesting, draw a rectangle as wide as two squares above the trapezoid. This is where you’ll add a grille in a few steps!

For the headlights, use short, straight lines.

Have the right headlight cover about one-half of the first square in the second bottom row.

Use a diagonal line for the top of the headlight and then point the line downward, to connect it with the bumper.

Repeat the same on the left, but make sure that the left headlight stretches a bit to the side where the door will be, because that’s where the front corner light is.

Lastly, for the back sidelight, draw a narrow rectangle, like this:

Headlights are added to the car.​

Headlights are now in place!

5. Draw The Mirrors And Turn Signals

Recommended tool: H pencil

Turn signals are indispensable in every car. They’re useful and easy to draw.

You can simply sketch two small circles at the front, just below the headlights.

As for mirrors, you can’t see much of the one on the right from this angle. You can draw it as a capital “C” but less round.

The mirror on the left looks almost like a pyramid, but with a flat top.

At this point, it’d be good if you connected the top left corner of the hood (right under the windshield) with the bottom of the car to mark where the doors are:

Mirrors are drawn on either side of the car.

Your car drawing is slowly coming together! ​

6. Draw The Tires

Recommended tools: H pencil

Now’s the time to give dimension to the tires.

To do that, simply connect the circles you previously drew and connect them to the bottom of the car:

Dimension is added to the tires with two lines that connect them to the rest of the car.​

Add dimension to the tires with two simple lines. ​

As for sketching the tires from the side, all you have to do is draw a smaller circle within the one you originally drew, like this:

Dimension is added to the tires with two lines that connect them to the rest of the car.​

The tires are almost ready! ​

Before you finish drawing the tires, let’s finalize the front part of the car and sketch the grille.

Add straight, horizontal lines inside the rectangle-shaped part above the bumper, like this:

Stripe lines at the front depict the car grille.​

Only a few steps left to complete the sketch! ​

Now, let’s finish drawing the wheels.

Draw one more circle inside the tire. This is where the rims will be!

A circle is drawin inside the tires. That’s where the rims will be.​

Your car outline is done!

7. Remove The Guidelines And Add The Finishing Touches

Recommended tools: H & HB pencils and a kneaded eraser

Now that the basic car outline is ready, grab an eraser and carefully remove the guidelines.

With unneeded squares and rectangles gone, you can add some finishing touches to your car drawing.

For starters, make the circle at the center of both tires slightly larger.

Then, add the fenders.

To draw them, simply curve the bumper above each wheel and follow the tires’ shape:

Guidelines are erased.​

With the guidelines gone, all that’s left is to finalize the car drawing!​

You can now use your HB pencil to go over the outline and soften some parts.

For example, a car windshield is always curved; so, let’s go over the top of the windshield and just slightly curve that line, like this:

The top of the windshield is curved to make it look more realistic.​

Soften the windshield lines to make the drawing look more like a real-life car.​

Next, with your HB pencil, softly shade the inside of the grille.

Then, slightly extend the bumper in the back and attach it to the back of the car, right where the signals are:

The rear bumper is extended and attached to the back of the car.​

Only a few more steps to go!​

Now, let’s not forget about the windshield wipers!

They’re quite easy to sketch. All you have to do is draw two horizontal lines right below the windshield.

You should also add a door handle; you can sketch it as a small oval shape and have its right end parallel with the right side of the front window.

Oh, and add three horizontal lines to the rectangle above the rear bumper to mark signals.

Then it’s time to add the rims!

You can draw them as tiny triangles with their tips turned toward the center of the wheel, like so:

The windshield wipers and rims are added to the car drawing.​

The rims are a must! ​

8. Shade Your Car Drawing

Recommended tools: HB & B pencils and a kneaded eraser

The final step to car drawing is to shade it!

You can combine both HB and B pencils to add a softer and darker shade to the sketch; or, you can simply apply different levels of pressure to your pencil of choice to add dimension to your car drawing.

The top of the windshield, mirrors, inside of the rims and grille, tires and the door handles should be the darkest, so feel free to shade them in dark grey/black hues.

As for the rest of the windshield and windows, feel free to draw a wave-like shape from the front of the windshield all the way to the rear window.

Then, shade that wave in light grey. You can even use your eraser to highlight parts of the windshield:

Parts of the car such as the tires, windshield, and windows are shaded, which gives the sketch more dimension.​

Shading helps bring your car drawing to life!​

Now, shade the rims and bumper in dark grey:

The rims and bumpers are shaded.​

You’re almost there!​

Lastly, shade the ground under the car so that the parts behind the tires are the darkest:

The car drawing is finished.​

That’s a wrap on your car drawing!​

Finished Your Car Drawing? Try These Next!

Now that you’re on a roll, are you up for some more drawing?

If so, stay on the BIOWARS blog and give these guides a go:

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And if you want to learn how to draw a person, check out these tutorials:

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A Recap On How To Draw A Car

When you’re a beginner learning how to draw a car, geometrical shapes are your friends.

Use squares and rectangles as guidelines and then draw a car step-by-step:

  1. Create the guidelines
  2. Outline the basic car shape
  3. Draw the hood, wheels and windows
  4. Add the bumper and headlights
  5. Sketch the mirrors and turn signals
  6. Draw the tires
  7. Remove unneeded details and add finishing touches to your car drawing
  8. Shade your sketch

 

When you perfect drawing a proportional old car, you’ll find it easier to draw newer models with their soft lines and simple details.

And when you finish your car drawing, be sure to send it to us — we’d love to see it! Let us know in the comments below if there are any unclear parts in this guide and we’ll change them!