Daily Sketch for Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012 – Lightning McQueen from Pixar’s Cars.
Cars have always been hard for me to draw. I have to have lots of reference and it takes a lot of brain power for me to be able to pull one off. So naturally I started this sketch three times before finally figuring out something that was even close to decent.
In order to even get this close I played a trick on myself. The first couple of times I approached Lightning McQueen like I would a real car. Here’s the body, the wheels, the windshield and so on, and each time it looked like a failed attempt at a car, and not like a failed attempt at McQueen. It just didn’t have that cartoony, fun personality that the character has. So I thought of him instead as a character and not a car. Here’s his head, this would be his nose/mouth, etc.
And that time I came up with what you see here. A recognizable attempt at Lightning McQueen. And I only had to fool myself to pull it off.