How do I draw the front view of a car?

I have some ideas for futuristic and sci-fi cars based on existing models. I’ve tried modifying car images in Photoshop but the learning curve was really steep. That just leaves drawing, but I’m not a great artist. How can I easily draw a car from the front?

Jasmine Kanter · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
I love that you want to put your own designs to paper! First, there’s one thing we need to get out of the way: there’s no shame in copying or tracing photos, especially when it’s for your own pleasure. Since the straight, mathematical lines of a car are one of the hardest things to draw, I’m going to give you a few tricks for copying a photo of a car from the front.
Pick a reference photo for the car you want to draw, whether it’s a
or a
Corvette Stingray 3LT
. Manufacturer websites have plenty of photos of their models in plain white. Make sure your reference photo has the same proportions as your drawing paper.
Turn the photo upside down and copy it. I’m serious! Realistic drawing is difficult because your brain fights to draw a line that it knows is straight in reality but appears curved in perspective. Turning a picture upside down stops your brain from recognizing the subject and makes it easier to draw what you see.
Divide the photo into a neat grid using a pen and ruler and then divide your drawing paper the same way. Use spare paper to cover up every square except the one you’re working on and try to draw one panel at a time. You can use this trick in combination with the upside-down method.
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