Learning How to Draw Cars

A reference page for anyone interested in learning to draw cars. The best books, DVDs and free online resources for developing good foundation skills and learning professional car drawing techniques.

BMW designer sketching a carAs with every skill, the essential factor for learning how to draw cars is practice, but it is also very important to have reliable references that can help to develop solid foundations.

In this page we report the most important, high quality resources, either free or not, that focus specifically on teaching how to draw cars using traditional media.

We are not reporting links to car design schools – that you can find in our directory – nor resources on digital techniques, that will be covered separately very soon.

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

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.


Leave a Comment

  1. CRhoades

    Hey, that’s my hand sketching the Mercedes F700 back in 2007. I’ve got better images than that one if you’re interested

  2. rezamarali

    I want to uploud own design in your websit for theory but. I can’t

  3. makera

    I have learn more on how to sketch a car body from this site, keep doing the good job please


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