Designing a normal sedan

This tutorial is exceedingly simple and this is for those who are completely new to designing. This shows a person how to design a car as viewed from the side.

Alright guys, let’s get started.

 You will need:

1) Pencils:

a. I won’t make it hard for you, saying “HB” or “6B”, I will tell you that you need only two….one that has a light stroke and one with a dark stroke.

2) Paper:

a. Paper is pretty easy, since you can take an A4-sized copier paper.

3) Eraser:

a. My favourite is the knead able type, but any soft eraser will do.

4) Extensive confidence in yourself!

5) A place to draw.

 NOTE: Click to enlarge images.

Jumping into designs now:

Step 1:

     Right-o……the wheels are BASIC, basic measurements for your car…so getting them right is key to your design.

Step 2:

     The next thing are the basic body lines, that is, the line of the car and the line of the roof…I am taking a simple sedan, but as you get better at this, try more complex stuff.

Step 3:

     Join the lines to the wheels, and make sure that they are in one flow.

Step 4:

     Join the roof to the body…like above.

Step 5: 

     Now, divide the upper part into two. Sedans usually have the front door to be larger than the rear one and that’s how I made it.

Step 6:

     Now, take some detail into it and draw the “B-pillar”(middle divider) of the car. Draw the basic shape of the windows in it.

Step 7:

     Now, take some effort to draw the doors.

Step 8:

     Most people, while trying to draw cars, forget the wheel wells…see the shaded part above the wheel?(pic above) That’s a wheel well. Take your time to do that.

Step 9:

     Now draw the base of the bumpers, like below.

Step 10:

     Next, very important thing is this: notice that the rear part of the car is a bit raised than the front…this is standard in cars such as this.(above)


Step 11:

     Take your time to draw the lights, my friends, since that’s a place where most people, including me, fail. It takes loads of practice to get it right, like in the below snap.

Step 12:

     Add more details to the car…such as the door handles and stuff like the side-view mirror.(above)

Step 13:

     That’s it! (just kidding)

Step 14:

     Now, you need to draw the wheels.
Draw a smaller circle inside the tyre.

Step 15:

     Take your time, divide into the number of spokes you want, and draw two lines on either side of the lines…Voila! Your own wheel!

Step 16:

     Now remove any guidelines you have left, and any smudges you have on it. Darken the wheel wells, people.

Step 17:

     You are done! (Really!)

A note (very important): You will NOT get the hang of drawing these cars until you keep practicing. I will help you with this by uploading finished pics…see if you can break it down like I said and draw it. If you have any doubts, suggestions or plain want to talk, just contact me at

This is just one basic tutorial. I will try to upload videos since I can speak to you directly then. Until then, happy practicing, people!



6 responses to “Designing a normal sedan

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