How to Draw Hot Rod Cars

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How to Draw Hot Rod Cars
You can draw beautiful and accurate illustrations of hot rods by following simple steps. (pen ballpoint image by Pali A from

The term "hot rod" usually refers to an American classic car with a modified engine. Hot rods are sleek and attractice, but their details can be difficult to illustrate on paper. With a little practice, you can learn to draw hot rods, starting with basic shapes and working your way up to the finer details. Each car features its own specific design, so it's best to use a photograph (or the real thing if you're lucky) as a reference.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Photo of a hot rod
  • Drawing paper
  • Pen

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  1. 1

    Draw the frame of the car with a long rectangle for the base, circles for the wheels, and slanted quadrilaterals for the windows. It's easier to draw a hot rod from the side than from the front.

  2. 2

    Smooth out the sharp corners of your original sketch with curved lines. Add heavy lines for the tires and bumpers but avoid marking up the body and the windshield of the car so they maintain a sleek appearance.

  3. 3

    Create depth by adding parallel contour lines to the tires, roof and bonnet of the car. Make sure that you are using the same angles for each line of depth. This will give the car a three-dimensional look. Shade the areas slightly underneath the car and the windows, which are usually tinted on hot rods.

  4. 4

    Add fine details. Pay attention to the nuances of the car doors, front grill, side mirrors and hubcaps on the photo reference. Each car is different, but the hot rod's make and model can be recognisable by copying its signature features and design.

Tips and warnings

  • If you're a beginner, use a pencil so you can erase mistakes in the sketching process.

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