Drawing cars in Adobe Illustrator is a lot of fun, and I wish I had more time to do it! This particular car was one that I drew a few years ago for an automotive web banner I was working on, but I ended up using photography instead of illustrations. I figured that I could use this illustration for something else, but it’s been three years now and I really don’t know what to do with it other than posting it here. After all, it’s not all that realistic – most of the art I create these days tends to be photo-realistic 3d renderings and not loose vector illustrations. However, this one is a bit more realistic and not as cartoony as the red car I uploaded last year.
There are two vector files in the zip file – one is a fully rendered version (with gloss and reflections), and the other is a simple wireframe line drawing. I was only going to include the rendered version on this post, but I figured that line drawing could come in handy for those who want to try their hand at rendering their own version of it. It’s not really all that hard to do – just fill in the basic color, and add a few top-down gradients with hard edges to create the illusion of a glossy surface. Just make sure that you don’t get to crazy with it, because when it comes to complex objects like this, less is definitely more.
Finally, remember my post from a few days ago about the automotive disc brake illustration? It fit in perfectly with this car rendering. Yup, those are the same brakes peeking trough from behind the wheels! I’m all about recycling graphics as much as possible, and I figured that was a perfect opportunity to do so.