Book: How to Draw and Paint Cars

Automotive Design 20 Mar 2008
Book: How to Draw and Paint Cars

Veloce Publishing Limited has announced the release of ‘How to Draw and Paint Cars’, a guide that explains the fundamental skills of drawing and painting cars using traditional media. The author is graphic designer and illustrator Tony Gardiner.

How to Draw and Paint Cars - coverThe book guides the reader through the fundamental skills of drawing and painting cars, discussing the history of the relationship between car and artist and covering all aspects of drawing and painting cars.

Many techniques are explored including the use of ink, pastel, pencil crayons, watercolour and acrylic media.

"This book is not about learning how to draw and paint fashionable cars, super cars, tarted-up street or ‘cool’ cars, but is about drawing and painting all types and ages of cars."

"The author has endeavoured to distil his experience from many years of creating images on this subject into a book that will help and encourage those keen to draw and paint cars for pleasure or as a career."

With c.135 illustrations and its step-by-step technique, the book is targeted to automotive artists and can be used as a useful reference by professionals.

Book Specifications:

  • Paperback. 128 pages. 207mm tall x 256mm (81⁄10in tall x 101⁄10in). C.135 colour and mono illustrations.
  • Price: £ 17.99 (excl. shipping costs)

For more information and to download a sample chapter in pdf, visit

About the Author

How to Draw and Paint Cars - sample page Above: a sample page of the book

Tony Gardiner studied graphic design and illustration at the West Sussex College of Art & Crafts in Worthing during the late 1950s.

It was during this period that his love of the motor car came to the fore, spurred on by the famous victory of the Ecurie Ecosse team of Jaguar D Types winning at Le Mans in 1957.

Tony’s interest became obvious when his college progress report for 1957/58 stated that he “has a weakness for converting all his compositions into motoring or other mechanical illustrations; this must be curbed”.

On leaving college,Tony worked as an illustrator in the aviation industry, and then freelanced for various car magazines and within the automotive industry.

Tony now specialises in illustrations used in motoring publications and private commissions for companies such as Rover Japan, Vauxhall, Peugeot and Motorsport, plus drivers such as Sir Stirling Moss and Derek Bell.

He is also an author in his own right, having  written Motor Racing at Goodwood in the ’60s, The Brighton National Speed Trials, and RAC Rally Action, all of which are personal recollections of the famous motoring events, and published by Veloce.

(Source: Veloce Publishing)

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  1. mystere485

    I received this book as an x-mas present. The book is well detailed on how to draw cars properly, giving several descriptions on getting proper perspective and on doing different styles of cut-away and detailed drawing. Unfortunately, there is no proper techniques on how to paint, rather only pre-painted images that do include different color variations. Otherwise the book is well detailed and a good read, and much cheaper than 17 pounds, especially on amazon.


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