How to Draw a Ford Mustang Shelby

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How to Draw a Ford Mustang Shelby
Drawing a car takes time and effort. (muscle car image by patrimonio designs from

Drawing is a wonderful way to capture an image without a camera. All you need is a pencil and paper, and an eraser. To draw anything takes time and effort. To draw a Ford Mustang Shelby, you will also need a reference to guide you.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser
  • Reference to draw from

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  1. 1

    Look at your reference and study the basic shapes of the car. Depending on the angle the reference shows, your shapes could vary. Use your finger and lightly trace the outline of the car in the reference. Notice any shapes that you've created, such as a rectangle with the body of the car and a rounded shape with the cab.

  2. 2

    Use your pencil and lightly draft the shapes you traced from step 1 on paper. Give the body of the car a longer shape than the roof. Round the top corners of the roof off so they do not appear too boxy. A Mustang has very smooth shapes on the top of the car.

  3. 3

    Study your reference to find the windows. Notice how large they are and where they are located in relation to each other. Sketch out the frames of the windows. Depending on your reference's angle, you may see only the windshield. However, if you can see the side of the car, notice that the Mustang has two windows on the side: a main window above the door, and a smaller, triangular window behind the first window. Make sure to include both.

  4. 4

    Include more detail along the side and front of the car. Sketch only the shapes for now. For example, sketch parallelograms for the headlights, circles for the wheels and any part of the grill you can see with your reference. Keep in mind that if your reference is from an angle that allows you to see the side and the front of the Mustang, then the shape of the wheels will actually be oval.

  5. 5

    Finish the rough sketching with any other details such as windshield wipers or the handle of the car. You can also fill in simple detail in the tires, such as treads or hubcaps.

  6. 6

    Begin shading the Mustang. To shade, turn your pencil on its side and grip it holding it between your thumb and forefinger with the rest of the pencil under your wrist. Use the side of the lead to shade.

  7. 7

    Find the areas on your reference that are the darkest. These will most likely be near the base of the car and any shadows that are created, such as the shadow from the side mirror. Shade in the darkest areas first with straight strokes using the shading technique discussed in step 6. To make the shade darker, press your pencil down harder. To shade the lighter areas of the car, shade using small amounts of pressure.

  8. 8

    Add the stripes on the Mustang as you shade. Do not shade the white stripes as dark as the surrounding car colour.

  9. 9

    Erase any places that you made mistakes. You can also use the eraser to give the appearance of a reflection of light by taking away some of your shading in areas that your reference has as reflections.

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