Having this website to hold me accountable for not drawing enough is a good thing. Even though I have been busy working on other projects and I haven’t been drawing as much as I’d like, just knowing that I’ve got a car design and illustration blog gives me the push to keep going. The passion for drawing cars is definitely there – but my time isn’t.
There I go making excuses again every time I show up here. “Shut up and talk about the cars already!” is what I envision most of you are thinking every time make a post, so I’ll take your advice and get right to it.
The 2017 Ford GT. This is a car that I’m trying really hard to like, but I just can’t. At least not yet. I may change my mind a bit once I see it for myself (or at least on YouTube), but for now all I see is a sleek looking car with a V6. That’s like something straight out of the 1990’s, and not modern times where it’s possible to buy V8 monsters like 600hp Mustangs and 750hp Dodge Challengers right off the showroom floor.
I get why Ford decided to go with a twin-turbo V6. That EcoBoost engine is a lightweight performer that could hang with any V8, no doubt, but…it just doesn’t make the sounds that a supercar should make. Especially one costing over $400,000.
Despite my lack of enthusiasm for the 2017 Ford GT, I decided to draw one anyway. It is a great looking car, no doubt about it. I especially dig the fact that it’s got a different personality from every angle, with all those cuts and scoops and wings coming together in unison to create a very stunning piece of automotive design.
This was a quick 1 hour sketch in black and white, very similar to the style I used on my Datsun 280z, IROC-Z, and Chevy Nova sketches posted a few months ago. It’s a style of illustration that I’m quite starting to like, as it’s fast and loose, yet tight enough to show all the important details.
Yeah, it’s been a long time since my last update. But I’m still here drawing cars whenever I get a chance! I have to be honest though – I haven’t really had much of a chance for the past few months with work and real life eating up all my free time. I’ve been so busy that any time I found myself with enough time to sit down and draw a car, I just didn’t have the energy to do so. So I basically just sketched and doodled a lot, trying to ensure that I don’t lose practice.
With that said, I haven’t drawn much of anything since last July that I feel is worthy of posting to this blog. But I’m having the itch to start drawing with vigor again, and here is my first attempt.
It’s a sketch of a slightly modified 1988 Ford Mustang GT (wide tires plus aftermarket hood), and my goal was to sit down and draw this from start to finish in one fast session. Hey – like I said, I don’t have much free time these days so I wanted to take advantage of the several hours I had to spare. This drawing only took about an hour to do, which surprised me due to the fact that drawing real cars takes a bit of extra time to make sure the proportions are correct. Is this drawing perfect? No. And I don’t care. I just wanted to draw a Mustang darn it, in a loose but stylistic way.
Just like all my other automotive art, this was done on a Wacom Graphire 4 drawing tablet using SketchBook Pro.
I admit it – I’m a huge Mustang fan. Funny thing is that I never really cared about Ford or the Mustang until about 10 years ago and I’m not really sure what has brought me around to be a fan of this Pony car. If I were throwing out guesses, it might be the fact that the Mustang offers a lot of bang for the buck here in the US – lots of power and speed can be had for not so much money (at least compared to other cars). Now that I’m a family man on a tight budget, that’s really attractive to me. As a matter of fact, I’m shopping for a Mustang project car right now. Very exciting times for this car guy! LOL.
So now that I’m in the market for a Mustang, I thought it would only be fitting to draw one. I approached this sketch from a modern point of view, thinking about how I’d like to see the current generation evolve. I probably got too crazy with some of the forms and surfaces, but it’s just a concept anyhow – I wasn’t trying to create a photo-realistic rendering.
One of the things that I like about the current generation Mustang is the front grill. I tried to maintain the overall size, but I massively exaggerated the angle and relocated the headlights above . The driving lights have been repositioned as well, as I thought a better and more functional place for them would be in the lower bumper area.
Rendering wise, I’m becoming very comfortable with my line art and working on thick and thin pen strokes. Rendering (adding color, reflections, etc) is obviously my weakest point. Still working on that.
Now excuse me while I go browse the Craigslist Mustang classifieds…