Car Body Design is an independent publication created in 2004 by Marco Traverso and currently run by Rome-based company Line22 SRL.
Today Car Body Design is a leading website in the automotive and industrial design fields, with over 2 million pages visited every month.
CBD provides selected daily news from the automotive and design worlds, publishes original projects created by emerging designers, links to automotive design and engineering technical publications, links to design tutorials.
Driven Mavens – a blog by our friend Arvind Ramkrishna, which includes many free car drawing tutorials, written by Arvind himself and by Jason White, both specialized in traditional, analogue media and vintage/classic cars.
DesignerTechniques – Even if all the tutorials hosted at DesignerTechniques are also listed on Car Body Design, we ‘d like to mention Allan MacDonald’s website as an excellent place to find car drawing tutorials written by professional designers. There haven’t been many updates recently, but it’s certainly worth a look if you haven’t visited it before.
Car Drawing DVDs
How to Draw Cars Now – a very recent two-DVD set created by Driver Mavens’ founder Arvind Ramkrishna, who focuses on both traditional and digital media techniques. It includes nearly five hours of videos, an insert booklet and four ebooks. For more information you can refer to our exclusive, in-depthreview.
How to Draw Cars the Hot Wheels Way – another title by concept designer Scott Robertson, who goes through his perspective/draw-through drawing method, in this case applied to fun concepts for toy cars. A very nice and affordable title, ideal for getting started.
H-Point: The Fundamentals of Car Design & Packaging – When drawing a car, you can’t ignore the engineering behind it. This book – developed as a supporting material for ACCD’s Transportation Design Course – is quite unique in that it presents information on the layout, ergonomics and packaging of vehicles, not easily findable elsewhere.
How to Draw Cars like a Pro – written by Hot Rod designer Thom Taylor, focuses on muscle and vintage cars and several different drawing/rendering styles. The second edition of the book features all-new illustrations and includes chapters on digital drawing.
How to Design Cars like a Pro – a very well-known title among car designers and design students, the book by Tony Lewin is not purely about drawing cars: in addition to a number of drawing tutorials, it provides an in-depth look at modern automotive design, and features interviews with reknown designers, analyses of design trends and studies of individual models.
Car Drawing Workshops and Courses
CGMA/CGMW Vehicle & Mechs Master Classes (online) – As with the other classes offered by CGMA (Computer Graphics Master Academy), this class focuses on design for the entertainment industry. The Master Class, which costs $599, is currently filled to capacity, but it is possible to purchase a past edition as a set of video lectures taught by John Park in the CGMW website for $30.
FADU rendering workshops (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – organized by FADU (Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo) and taught by designer Christian Palladino, these annual workshops have a cost in the $230-$260 range and offer beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. For more information you can also check our previous posts.