2015 C7 Corvette Z06 Sketch and Rendering

They say that the more you draw, the better you will get. I’ve always been a believer in this, and it’s been frustrating to admit that my skills as an automotive artist have actually decreased over the past year due to the fact that I’ve hardly been drawing. I mean, take a look at the quick truck sketch I uploaded in my last post. Blech – I don’t even know why I posted that! Well…I’m very happy to report that I believe I’ve finally busted through my slump and found an awesome new rendering style that I actually like.

Before starting this C7 Z06 rendering, I took a good look at the work of many other automotive artists and illustrators – and it dawned on me that I was drawn (no pun intended) more towards the illustrator types who did the tight vector-style renderings. The guy who runs problemchildkustoms.com is a good example of that.┬áBUT – I’ve never had the patience to create illustrations with that amount of detail so I knew that a style such as that wasn’t the best fit for me. I then realized that I don’t have to replicate anyone, and I’m better off finding and developing my own style. And that’s exactly what I’ve done with this Corvette.

yellow c7 z06 rendering

Hey – I don’t always draw in grayscale! Here’s the Z06 in bright yellow.

This style is semi-tight, but not over the top. I like looseness and spontaneity in my car drawings, so that’s why I purposefully left the pencil lines from the original sketch show through, and I wasn’t overly concerned about making all the details perfect. My goal is to capture the essence of the car, and then move on to the next one. Like I said above – I don’t have the patience and attention span to create photo-qualtiy renderings and illustrations.

inked line drawing of the c7 corvette z06

This is how this project started – I did a loose sketch in SketchBook Pro, and then inked it in Adobe Illustrator

So this will be my style going forward, and I’m anxious to try it with some other cars.

2 Comments

  1. Reply
    Alex April 4, 2014

    Hi Scott, I just recently found your website and I just have to say that I love your sketches and renders! I’m 18 and currently a high school student in my Senior year. I’m also interested in automotive design and I would really appreciate it if I could speak to you more about sketching and designing cars.

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      Scott June 24, 2014

      Hi Alex – thanks for the kind words! Absolutely, feel free to ask any questions and I’d be happy to answer.

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