2012 Fiat 500 sketch and rendering

Ugh. For some reason or another I had a craving to draw a real production car. I’m not sure where that itch came from, but all I know is that it needed to be scratched. Trouble is that I didn’t really have any particular car in mind – I think it was just more of a curiosity to see if I could draw something that exists today. So with that in mind, I grabbed the nearest Car and Driver magazine and started thumbing through it until I found a picture that I felt I could replicate myself.

That first picture (it was an advertisement actually) happened to be a bright red 2012 Fiat 500. No, not the Abarth Edition – just the standard model. I’ve been curious about these cars ever since they were released, so it didn’t take but a second to make the descision to choose this one as the car I would be drawing and rendering.

The sketch actually turned out surprisingly well. I had some strong worries about not being able to replicate the shape of this little Fiat accurately, but I was able to have a nice working pencil underlay in about 20 minutes. Well, it wasn’t really pencil, because I do all my car renderings on a Wacom tablet with SketchBook Pro – but you get the idea.

It took about another hour or two to tighten up the sketch and get some nice line work laid down, and by that time I was pretty much burned out on it. Two weeks went by before I actually started applying the color and reflections, and I just finished it up tonight.

Am I happy with the way this Fiat 500 rendering turned out? Meh. I am happy with the the underlying line art and the base color application. But wow…I learned very quickly that I have very little patience for all the little details! Upon completion of this drawing, I have newfound respect for anybody who can pull of a really high detailed hand-drawn car rendering. My attention span is way to short to do something like this – so I guess that means that I much more enjoy loose sketches and renderings over the tight photo-realistic stuff.

This could have been so much better if my attention span wasn’t so short. There’s a lot I could do to tighten this up and make it look better, but to be honest with you…I’d rather be done with it and move on to the next one.


  1. Reply
    John Winkler May 15, 2014

    Hi, Nice rendering of the Fiat 500. I was wondering if you could do another one with some modifications that I have, as I made the car more streamlined as well as lengthened the wheelbase. Thanks.

    • Reply
      Scott June 24, 2014

      To be honest, this Fiat rendering took a long time to do and I’m not sure I have that kind of time right now to do another one. Not enough hours in the day unfortunately…

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