I draw cars – not very often, but I do draw cars. In the last few weeks I have attended a few events which provided the opportunity to practice and enjoy this.
2016 Historic Sandown
On Saturday Bernard Hornblower (sketcher) and Adam (photographer) went to Sandown Motor Racing for the Victorian Historic Racing Register (VHRR) raceday. It was a full day of sketching from 9am til 4pm in chilly (but not rainy) conditions. VHRR cater for people interested in cars from the early 1920s through to the racing and sports cars of the 1990s. We could walk in amongst the pits and sit close to the cars to sketch and to talk to the owners, support crew (ie their friends and family) and the officials at the track. There were lots of interesting people with great tales to tell. And they are all passionate about their car ! It was exhilarating to hear the noise and see these old cars racing around the track, especially if I had been sketching it previously in the day.
Drawing cars is a challenge.
In general, cars in the street in everyday life are hard enough. You think you know what a car looks like ! but when you sketch you really need to LOOK at it . Look at where the wheels are – how far from the door, how close to the edge of the bonnet…
For me, everyday sketching of a car, building, people, objects or my surroundings comes from practicing and thinking about the following concepts:
- measuring the relative distance between parts of the object
- measuring comparative sizes within an object
- drawing a line down (or across a page) to see what it intersects
Australian International Concour’s d’Elegance & Classic Motor Show
A few weekends ago I had the opportunity to sketch at Motorclassica Australian International Concour’s d’Elegance & Classic Motor Show in Melbourne at the Royal Exhibition Building with a few Melbourne Urban Sketchers.
These are the from that day.
Sports cars are even more of a challenge than everyday cars, as they present unusual shapes: from the large, sweeping and aerodynamic to the small and angular.
My method on the day is to make marks in pencil on the pages to show where the car is going to go on the page. I put in some basic shapes and lines (using the concepts I mentioned above) then I take out the ink pen and just start to draw !
Regular readers may recall the recent workshop I attended at Urban Symposium in Manchester on Drawing Cars in the City. What did I learn and put into practice at these recent events? The concept of the angle of the axels and wheels ! It is small but important. A drawing of the body of a car can be wonderful, but if the wheel and tyres are at the wrong angle it stands out straight away. I try to avoid drawing an entire circle or ellipsis of the wheel and give the impression of it (and then let the viewer’s eye and mind fill on the rest of the detail).
I have my other car drawings together in an album on flickr Here are a few of them