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How to Draw a Formula 1 Car

Updated July 20, 2017

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'll Need

  • Pen
  • Drawing paper
  • Photo reference
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Hope Nunzio is a Connecticut native who has been writing Web content since 2008. She specializes in travel content and has been published on AOL Travel and the online travel magazine GoMad Nomad. Nunzio is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy at Wake Forest University.