How to draw a car

how to draw a car for beginners

Hello, everybody! Today on our website about art and drawing we will show you how to draw a car for beginners. We already have drawing tutorials about how to draw a car and how to draw a car for kids. So, let’s start this art lesson!

Step 8

Continue to draw rims. Draw spokes as in our example and erase all the remaining guidelines. Draw mirror, seat and steering wheel.

how to draw a car for beginners

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The modern automobile was invented in the late 1800s. Ever since, the car has been a beloved part of our technological culture.

It wasn’t long before cartoonists were personifying cars and other vehicles by giving them eyes, mouths, and personalities of their own. This type of image has become increasingly popular since the release of Disney’s feature film Cars in 2006.

Would you like to be able to draw your very own cute cartoon car? Now you can, using this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial.

Scroll down for a downloadable PDF of this tutorial.

All you will need to draw a cartoon car is a piece of paper and a pencil, pen, or marker. You may also want to have some crayons, colored pencils, or markers handy to color your finished drawing.

As you follow the step-by-step drawing guide, you will notice that each step is accompanied by an illustration. In the picture, new lines added in that step are highlighted in blue. Sketch lightly at first, as you will likely need to erase some of your early lines before you finish the drawing.

It’s time to put the pedal to the medal and draw a cartoon car. Gentlemen, start your engines…ready, set, go!

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Boat, Train, and Monster Truck.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Cartoon Car

How to Draw Cartoon Car: Step 1

Begin by drawing a horizontal, curved line.

How to Draw Cartoon Car: Step 2

Draw another curved line on top of the first to create an enclosed shape.

How to Draw Cartoon Car: Step 3

Draw a short curved line downwards from where the original lines connect. On the other side, draw a longer, more rounded curved line from the corresponding point.

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How to Draw Cartoon Car: Step 4

Enclose the shape by drawing a long, curved line. This will form the car’s body.


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Draw a short, horizontal curved line where the top of the car meets the body.

How to Draw Cartoon Car: Step 6

Outline the wheels on the left side of the car. Do this by drawing two half circles on the lower portion of the car’s body.

How to Draw Cartoon Car: Step 7

Erase guide lines from the wheels and from where the bottom and top of the car meet.

How to Draw Cartoon Car: Step 8

Draw the windows. Draw two curved lines to enclose two rounded rectangular shapes within the car’s top.

How to Draw Cartoon Car: Step 9

Add details to the windows by drawing two curved, parallel lines across each. When complete, this will look like reflections on the windows.

How to Draw Cartoon Car: Step 10

Draw the wheels. Draw two complete circles on the left side of the car. For the far wheel, draw a half-circle beneath the car’s front.

How to Draw Cartoon Car: Step 11

Give the tires some dimensions. Do this by drawing a curved line to the right of each tire. This produces a three dimensional effect. Also, draw the rear bumper using a short, curved line.

How to Draw Cartoon Car: Step 12

Draw the hubcaps by placing a smaller circle within each wheel.


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Add detail to the body of the car. Draw two curved lines extending from the front windshield to outline the hood. Draw two more curved lines extending downward from the left window to outline the door, and draw a teardrop shape for the door handle. Draw curves around each of the wheels.

How to Draw Cartoon Car: Step 14

Draw the front bumper. Begin with a curved line just inside the body of the car, and use a second curved line to produce a rounded rectangular shape.

How to Draw Cartoon Car: Step 15

Erase the guide lines from within the bumper.

How to Draw Cartoon Car: Step 16

To draw headlights, place two circles above the bumper.

How to Draw Cartoon Car: Step 17

Draw a smaller circle within each circle. Add depth to the bumper using a long, horizontal curved line and a short, vertical curved line.

How to Draw Cartoon Car: Step 18

Now, you can give the car a face. Draw another, smaller circle within each headlight circle. The headlights will serve as the eyes. Draw a mouth between the eyes using two “U” shaped curved lines.

How to Draw Cartoon Car: Step 19

Within each eye circle, draw two more circles. Shade the innermost circle. Draw two curved lines within the mouth, one on top and one on the bottom. Shade between these lines.

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How to Draw Cartoon Car: Step 20

Color your cartoon car.

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Car Drawing DVDs

  • How to Draw Cars Now – a two-DVD set created by Driven to Draw’s founder Arvind Ramkrishna, who focuses on both traditional and digital media techniques. It includes nearly five hours of videos, an insert booklet and four ebooks. For more information you can refer to our exclusive, in-depth review.

How to Draw Cars Now DVD set content Car Drawing DVDs by The Gnomon Workshop

Car Drawing Books

Car Design Books

  • How to Draw: drawing and sketching objects and environments from your imaginationA great educational book by concept designer Scott Robertson. Check our review here.
  • How to Render: the fundamentals of light, shadow and reflectivityThe second book in Scott Robertson’s “How to” series, like “How to Draw” it’s just a must-have for any designer. Check our presentation.
  • How to Draw Cars the Hot Wheels Way – another, older title by Scott Robertson, who goes through his perspective/draw-through drawing method, in this case applied to fun concepts for toy cars. A very nice and affordable title, ideal for getting started.
  • H-Point 2nd edition: The Fundamentals of Car Design & Packaging – When drawing a car, you can’t ignore the engineering behind it. This book – developed as a supporting material for ACCD’s Transportation Design Course – is quite unique in that it presents information on the layout, ergonomics and packaging of vehicles, not easily findable elsewhere.
  • How to Draw Cars like a Pro – written by Hot Rod designer Thom Taylor, focuses on muscle and vintage cars and several different drawing/rendering styles. The second edition of the book features all-new illustrations and includes chapters on digital drawing.
  • How to Design Cars like a Pro – a very well-known title among car designers and design students, the book by Tony Lewin is not purely about drawing cars: in addition to a number of drawing tutorials, it provides an in-depth look at modern automotive design, and features interviews with reknown designers, analyses of design trends and studies of individual models.

Car Drawing Workshops and Courses

  • CGMA/CGMW Vehicle & Mechs Master Classes (online) – As with the other classes offered by CGMA (Computer Graphics Master Academy), this class focuses on design for the entertainment industry. The Master Class edition costs $599, and it is also possible to purchase a past edition as a set of video lectures taught by concept designer John Park in the CGMW website for $30.
  • FADU rendering workshops (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – organized by FADU (Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo) and taught by designer Christian Palladino, these annual workshops have a cost in the $230-$260 range and offer beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. For more information you can also check our previous posts.
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Free Car Drawing Tutorials

  • Car drawing tutorials on Car Body Design – our database of tutorials is the best place to find free guides, videos and articles on how to draw cars. Since 2004 we collect every online resource that is worth mentioning.Admittedly, quality may vary, and the information can be sometimes not so easy to find, but if you take some time to go through the lists you’ll find some amazing knowledge without having to pay.

    Interesting related categories are Hand Drawing Tutorials, Industrial Design Sketching Tutorials and Car Digital Painting Tutorials.

  • Driven to Draw – the new website by our friend Arvind Ramkrishna. It includes many free car drawing tutorials, mainly focused on traditional sketching and drawing.
  • DesignerTechniques – Even if all the tutorials hosted at DesignerTechniques are also listed on Car Body Design, we ‘d like to mention Allan MacDonald’s website as an excellent place to find car drawing tutorials written by professional designers. There haven’t been many updates recently, but it’s certainly worth a look if you haven’t visited it before.
  • Scott Robertson’s YouTube channel – in his YouTube channel concept designer and design educator Scott Robertson publishes a series of free tutorials focused on several design-related topics, including perspecitve, styling, and sketching. It’s definitely worth checking out.
  • Sangwon Seok’s YouTube channel – Another interesting channel run by Sangwon Seok, design sketching instructor at the Korean SKEREN school. He regularly publishes stunning sketching demos – usually automotive-related. There is no commentary but they are absolutely worth watching.

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