How to Draw a Formula 1 Car

Written by hope nunzio | 13/05/2017
How to Draw a Formula 1 Car
You can draw a realistic illustrations of a Formula One car with these simple steps. (pen image by Rog999 from

A Formula One car is a one-seated race car with an open cockpit and a thin frame. Drawing a Formula One car is easy with a few simple steps. The key is to drawing a realistic car is to start with a few simple shapes and add details using your photo reference.

Sketch the guidelines. Formula One cars have a skinny signature body frame, so draw a long and thin right triangle for the body. If you are drawing a side view, sketch two circles for the tires closest to the viewer and two half circles for the tires on the far side of the car.

Sketch the outline of the car. Add the back fin, the hump of the bonnet where the engine is located, and the grooves in the front body of the car. Use the photo reference to accurately portray the shape of the car's outline.

Add details, following the guidelines from your original picture. Draw two slightly curved parallel lines for the side suspension system and a circle of tiny curved triangles for the wheel rims. Make crosshatched marks on the back tires to mimic the rough texture.

Shade in the drawing to create a three-dimensional effect. Shade in the larger areas underneath the car to create a shadow. Imagine someone shined a flashlight on the car from one angle, and lightly fill in the parts of the car that would be dark from that angle.

Things you need

  • Pen
  • Drawing paper
  • Photo reference

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