How to Draw a Pickup Truck, Pickup Truck

Artist: MichaelY / March 5, 2013

Step 1.

There are many different types of pickup trucks and it's important to determine which type is appropriate for your illustration. Here are a few different examples to show the range of body types. You wouldn't want to draw a massive, modern, 4X4 truck   

Step 2.

A lot of people make the mistake of assuming that a pickup truck is just a car with a truck bed in the back rather than back seats. This is hardly the case (except for some vintage models). Here is a side by side comparison of a car and pickup truck.   

Step 3.

To draw a pickup truck, let's begin by laying down our basic guide lines. These lines do not have to be perfect, and they should be drawn very lightly with a 2H or harder pencil so that they are easily erasable later on. Draw a rectangular cube shape   

Step 4.

Drawing vehicles of any kind can be very difficult for most people. It is important to remember is that, when looking at a vehicle straight on, both sides of a vehicle are identical to one another. They mirror each other. Keeping that fact in mind, l   

Step 5.

Next, draw the grill of the truck just behind the mounted lights. The grill should be fairly simple, with just a few bars stretching across the width of the grill, rather than a bunch of crisscrossed lines. On either side of the grill, draw the prima   

Step 6.

Next, let's draw the basic contours of the truck's body. Draw the top of the hood first, which will end near the base of out wedged cube guide. When drawing the base of the vehicle, be sure to draw the wheel wells. It is important to know the proper    

Step 7.

Then draw the basic contours of the upper part of the cab by using the wedge cube guide lines for reference. Notice how even though the basic shape of the vehicle is very "squarish," the body has many rounded and curved contours to it.

Step 8.

Let's move on to drawing the windows. You can add more detail by including weather-stripping to the side window. Also leave a small triangle of plastic for the side mirror to mount to in the next step.

Step 9.

Add more feature such as the windshield wipers side mirrors. Be sure to draw the passenger side mirror peaking up from the far edge of the truck. Draw the door handle and gas cap. These features make the image more believable and lifelike.

Step 10.

Add in some decorative grooves down the sides of the truck and around the wheel wells. Also draw the door of the truck while you're at it. Be sure that the door properly molds to the shape of the truck's body.

Step 11.

Drawing the tires can by rather tricky. To do it properly, draw squares in the location of the tires. The tops of the squares should start in the middle of the wheel wells and extend well beyond the base of the vehicle. Then draw an X from corner to    

Step 12.

To draw the actual circle, draw the lines of the circle through the points where the inner X meets the sides and tops of the squares. This will create properly proportionate circles, but they are not yet three dimensional.

Step 13.

To make the circles three dimensional enough to look like tires, use the above methods to create a partner circle next to your original circle. Then, draw a line from the top edge of the first circle, to the top edge of the new circle, as seen here w   

Step 14.

Then darken the proper lines and erase all unneeded lines. You should now have disk or cylindrical shaped objects which resemble the basic shape of tires. You can use the same method to draw the front, passenger side tire. However, this third tire wi   

Step 15.

Add more detail to the tires be added tread. Make the tread as simple or as complex as you'd like. Larger groove in the tread suggests that the vehicle is used for off-roading. Very smooth treads suggests that the tires are worn and the vehicle has b   

Step 16.

Finish the wheels by drawing the rims. The lug bolts mount in the center of the tire and the arms of the rims reach out and hold the tire. Don't forget to add in mud-flaps while you're at it.

Step 17.

We are almost done, but we need to draw the front and rear axles peaking down from underside of the truck. These don’t have to be super detailed, since we will shade them in the next step. Without them, however, the truck looks unfinished and less    

Step 18.

Next, shade in the wheel wells, the axels, and the third tire. This gives the image a sense of depth and perspective. You can add additional shading if you wish, but be sure to establish a light source.

Step 19.

Finally, ink your image using either a brush and ink, or Micron markers. Use a ruler and, if available, a flex curve. Be sure not to ink any unneeded guide lines or sketch marks. After the ink has dried, erase your pencil marks. You should now have a   

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