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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.
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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!
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Cartoon Car
Begin by drawing a horizontal, curved line.
Draw another curved line on top of the first to create an enclosed shape.
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.
Enclose the shape by drawing a long, curved line. This will form the car’s body.
Draw a short, horizontal curved line where the top of the car meets the body.
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.
Erase guide lines from the wheels and from where the bottom and top of the car meet.
Draw the windows. Draw two curved lines to enclose two rounded rectangular shapes within the car’s top.
Add details to the windows by drawing two curved, parallel lines across each. When complete, this will look like reflections on the windows.
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.
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.
Draw the hubcaps by placing a smaller circle within each wheel.
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.
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.
Erase the guide lines from within the bumper.
To draw headlights, place two circles above the bumper.
Draw a smaller circle within each circle. Add depth to the bumper using a long, horizontal curved line and a short, vertical curved line.
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.
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.
Color your cartoon car.
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