coming out of my shell

coming out of my shell

Monday, May 10, 2021

Drawing Cars 2

As much as I enjoy looking at cars, drawing them and coming up with a reasonable drawing to paint has been hard. In fact, I feel like a drafts(wo)man rather than an artist. I have new respect for car designers.  

I have finally finished a drawing (one of many) that I felt I could live with. After working, and reworking it I inked the outline and then used my light box to lightly trace the inked drawing on to watercolor paper. I thought there was no way I was going to try and draw it again.  

My first drawing has resulted in a car with a "droop snoot." Compare the photo I drew it from (on top) with the drawing underneath. The nose pulling pulling down. The tail fins aren't long enough. Obviously I will have to do draw it again. Sheesh. I WILL finish this. I'm almost sure of it.   But, this isn't nearly as much fun as drawing flowers.  





22 comments:

  1. That's looking good! I remember we had a station wagon with that same style except it was green with that white stripe on the side. We loved traveling in that car!

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    1. I will attempt to lift the front end in my next drawing, ha!

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  2. As someone with so few artistic skills that signing my name is a challenge, your efforts look magical.

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    1. Thanks. I laughed at your signature story. As a teenager, I practiced for months to get just the right slopping and artistic signature. It's totally illegible.

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  3. My best drawing teacher ever took us outside on a walk in a residential neighborhood and had us stop and draw houses because of their complex angles and curves. It is occurring to me that we would have learned just as much from drawing the parked cars on the street in front of the houses! Definitely a drawing challenge, either way. I keep looking at the drawing of my laptop and table contents at the table where I am writing to you now. That drawing is leaning against the lamp on my drawing table. You inspired me to draw two days in a row! That's a start, but I keep putting other things first. Thank you for taking the time to draw and sharing your drawing!

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    1. If only I could force myself to draw every day.

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  4. Fabulous drawing!!! LOVE IT! Sooooo good.

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  5. You captured the colors of the time well. I don't see the problem but then I'm not looking through the artist's eyes.

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    1. Oh gee - that top picture is the photo I drew it from. I haven't done the watercolor yet! When I do it won't look nearly as good as the photo. Ha. I have now edited this post so that is clearer.

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  6. It looks like a good beginning, even if it isn't perfect. I would love to see how it looks when you're finished. I like it already!

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  7. And here I thought you were accounting for the one ton grinch under the hood. Tail lights be damned!

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    1. lol That's the ticket! Let's pretend it was that.

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  8. For some reason I keep imagining occupants. Like a screaming child on the back seat, or a dog poking its head out of the window, or a cat curled up on the bonnet. It somehow looks as if it won't be empty for long.

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  9. It's just parked on a slight downhill slope!

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  10. You captured that slightly askew front wheel! Makes you think why it was parked that way. I admire your dedication.

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  11. Steve got there first: it was parked on a downhill slope. Therefore the image is authentic. Therefore you don't need to re-draw it.

    Second suggestion: the two front tyres have flats. Third suggestion: tectonic plates had shifted below the front of the car; seconds later it plunged down into boiling-hot magma. Hey, I could go on and on.

    Why not see if ugly cars are easier to do. For example: the American Motors Nash Rambler, the Ford Edsel (from the front of course with the horse-collar rad. finished in loving detail).

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  12. If I had tried to draw a car, the result would have looked more like a push car or go cart, a couple of wheels and lines connecting them. Your rendition is so much better, Colette.

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So, whadayathink?