Transportation Vehicle Drawing
Illustrate a transportation vehicle of your choice from photo reference.
My general rule is that your vehicle should be able to carry one human being.
Think outside the car! Choose something original and interesting. Options include: animals, segways, cars, motorcycles, bikes, boats, planes, trains, ships, space vehicles, electric cars, concept cars, etc.
- Possible reference web site: netcarshow.com (download the largest file possible)
- Elements: One transportation vehicle that holds a minimum of one person/human
Find Good Reference
Make sure you find real-life, or photography reference for every element you are going to draw/paint in your final illustration.
Example of good reference for the car drawing:
Transfer Guidelines to Your Paper
You decide how many guidelines you need to achieve a good drawing. If you are not sure how many you need, I suggest drawing as many as possible. You can always erase them.
Use a hard pencil (2H–4H) to transfer your lines. Don't press too hard, and take the time to draw your lines as accurately as possible. You'll thank yourself when you start drawing/painting.
If your lines get too dark, use your kneaded eraser to "stamp" them up and lighten them.
Here is an example of reference lines for the car (these have been darkened to show on the web):
Remember… take one shape at a time, slowly. Don't allow yourself to feel overwhelmed. I usually draw a little light until I get about one-quarter done. Just to see how things go. If it looks right, I go back and darken the first one-quarter and move on from there.
Here is the car in progress:
Be patient. Go slowly, and before you know it, you'll be done—and hopefully pleasantly surprised and impressed by your talents and skills.
Tuk-tuk, colored pencil, 2014
Car Illustration, colored pencil, 2014