The Ferrari F40 just might be my favorite car – ever. I remember being completely awestruck when it was first unveiled, and I collected everything that I could that was F40 related: magazines, books, videos, posters, etc. I even built a few 1:24 plastic models over the years that turned out like crap, but I loved them nonetheless. Seeing one in person for the first time was quite an experience as well. It was on the streets in southeast lower Michigan (near Detroit) of all places, and it completely blew my mind. Fast forward to today, and I don’t think there is another car in existence today that I’d choose over an F40.
I also drew a lot of these things when I was younger. Looking back on my sketch archives, I’ve got a lot of Ferrari drawings in there – and most of them are of this car (all red, by the way). Thinking that it would be fun to try drawing it again after all these years, I grabbed a few reference photos and got to work.
Now, I wasn’t planning on doing a super-tight rendering oozing with details. The goal from the beginning was to create a semi-tight sketch with just enough detail to give it some identity as an F40. I do admit that I skimped on the reflections and shading though. The reference photo I was drawing from was actually poorly lit, and I didn’t feel like figuring out the reflections on my own, so I left it as a simple line drawing with simple gray fill color for the air intakes and windows.
I’m still trying to get used to drawing with the Wacom tablet, so forgive me for the lack of precision.