To get more serious about car design or not?

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    To get more serious about car design or not?

    I have been drawing the 2D sides of cars since i was 11, and only just the sides. Not the front, back, or 3D drawings, just 2D flat drawings of the profile of cars. I have kept my drawings from the age of 11 till now and i have improved drastically from then but still am just drawing the sides. Should I go about doing 3D practice drawings or consider something else? I will not be heart broken if anyone says I suck, I can easily go into architecture and/or development, so I am not banking on any one thing. Here is a recent drawing of four cars below:

    Thanks for your answers!
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    Re: To get more serious about car design or not?

    not bad, i like the second one

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    Re: To get more serious about car design or not?

    You seem to have a good sense of proportion. If you enjoy it, keep doing it.

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    Re: To get more serious about car design or not?

    Not bad, start drawing 2D drawings of front (and rear if you want)
    and then start drawing 3D.

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    Re: To get more serious about car design or not?

    practice makes perfect.

    i would suggest tracing the profile of some cars that you like to get your proportions down even better. the rear of your car looks like its falling off the back of it. the downward slop on the rear of your car makes it look like the front is lifting off the ground. also keeping the bottom of the car flat from bumper to bumper will help it look less like the car is bending at the ends. most cars have a line going the opposite way, from high in the back to lower in the front, this gives the car a sence of movement even standing still. i've attached a car i drew a while back with some lines droped over it to illustrate what i'm talking about.

    3/4 view opens up a whole new bucket of worms....
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    Re: To get more serious about car design or not?

    The 1st and 2nd ones look like the '97-'03 GP Sedan.

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    Re: To get more serious about car design or not?

    Keep doing it if you enjoy it. Nothing is better or more rewarding than to follow through with something you enjoy. If you continue to work hard and develop your skill some more, you may be able to get through school and maybe even a career for a manufacturer- perhaps BMW??

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    Re: To get more serious about car design or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrJamesMc
    I have been drawing the 2D sides of cars since i was 11, and only just the sides. Not the front, back, or 3D drawings, just 2D flat drawings of the profile of cars. I have kept my drawings from the age of 11 till now and i have improved drastically from then but still am just drawing the sides. Should I go about doing 3D practice drawings or consider something else? I will not be heart broken if anyone says I suck, I can easily go into architecture and/or development, so I am not banking on any one thing. Here is a recent drawing of four cars below:

    Thanks for your answers!
    If you enjoy drawing the vehicles but you want to move onto something a little more, I say go ahead and begin drawing the fronts and rears of the vehicles. It will probably wind up giving you a good perception of how lines travel around the vehicle, then, when you are ready to move on again, attempt 3/4 views.

    Personally, I did the same thing as mentioned above, and it has been going pretty well IMO.

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    Re: To get more serious about car design or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrJamesMc
    I have been drawing the 2D sides of cars since i was 11, and only just the sides. Not the front, back, or 3D drawings, just 2D flat drawings of the profile of cars. I have kept my drawings from the age of 11 till now and i have improved drastically from then but still am just drawing the sides. Should I go about doing 3D practice drawings or consider something else? I will not be heart broken if anyone says I suck, I can easily go into architecture and/or development, so I am not banking on any one thing. Here is a recent drawing of four cars
    Do what you think you are best at. I only drew 2D side profiles until just about a year ago, when I decided that I would try fronts/rears as well.
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    Re: To get more serious about car design or not?

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    Hi MrJamesMc

    Everyone starts out just drawing side views, then front and back. It's always hard moving to the next level and doing 3D - for about a month. Then you get used to it and get better and better at it.

    I've made a simple 3D car template below to help you practice. Just print it out on paper and use it as a guide. The lines print very faint and you don't have to use their shapes, they are only guides. You can move the parts and lines whereever you want using sweeping curves or sharp angles etc. Don't be limited by the template, let it free you to draw what you want, but let it guide your '3D perspective'.

    You can make other templates from pictures you like by using tracing paper and just tracing the minimum outlines very lightly and edges and corners and wheels etc. Then scan it as a Jpeg and print it out on normal paper.



    Here's a quick few minutes ballpoint pen sketch I did over the template as an example.



    And if you can't see the template on the scan, here's a high contrast copy.




    Last edited by MonaroSS; 08-16-2007 at 12:41 AM.

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