Daily Sketch: Lightning McQueen (Cars)

Sketches and Studies

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.

Daily Sketch: Lightning McQueen from Pixar's Cars

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