How to Draw a Cartoon Car in 12 Steps

This twelve step tutorial shows how to draw a cartoon car. It includes simple drawing example along with quick instructions for each of them.

Cartoon car drawing step by step
Cartoon car drawing step by step

This is a very simple drawing and only includes the bare minimum parts that cars tend to have. You can see a preview of the different stages shown as example in the image above.

It’s recommended that you use a pencil for most of the steps and make light lines that you can easily erase in case you make a mistake. You can darken them in the second last step before coloring.

Step 1 – Draw the Wheels of the Car

Cartoon car wheels drawing
Cartoon car wheels drawing

Start the drawing of the car with the wheels. For this particular example draw them far enough apart so that you can fit two more wheels and some extra space in between.

Step 2 – Draw the Outer Shape of the Car

Cartoon car outline drawing
Cartoon car outline drawing

On top of the wheels draw the outer shape of the car but leave it’s outline open in two spots, one near the bottom/front and the other near the bottom/back (for the bumpers).

Step 3 – Draw the Front & Back Bumpers

Cartoon car bumper drawing
Cartoon car bumper drawing

Draw the bumpers as two rectangles with rounded corners at each end of the car.

Step 4 – Draw the Rear View Mirror

Cartoon car rear view mirror drawing
Cartoon car rear view mirror drawing

Draw the rear view mirror towards the front of the car near the bottom of the windshield.

Step 5 – Draw the Outline of the Doors

Cartoon car doors outline drawing
Cartoon car doors outline drawing

Draw the combined outer shapes of the doors/windows. Their outline should pretty much follow the shape of the top and bottom of the car but be slightly smaller.

Step 6 – Draw the Splits Between the Doors & Windows

Cartoon car doors drawing
Cartoon car doors drawing

Through the middle of the door/window shape draw a vertical line to split the doors. Next draw a horizontal line to show the windows.

Step 7 – Draw the Divider Between the Windows

Cartoon car windows drawing
Cartoon car windows drawing

Add two more lines around the the vertical split in the doors to show the divider between the windows.

Step 8 – Draw the Outline of the Rims

Cartoon car rims drawing
Cartoon car rims drawing

Draw a smaller pair of circles (one inside each wheel) for the rims.

Step 9 – Draw the Inside of the Rims

Cartoon car rim insides drawing
Cartoon car rim insides drawing

Add two really small circles inside the rims to give them some inner details and make them look a bit more interesting.

Step 10 – Draw the Headlights & Tail Lights

Cartoon car headlights drawing
Cartoon car headlights drawing

Show a headlight at the front of the car and the tail light at the back. Draw these as in the example.

Step 11 – Draw the Door Handles & Finish the Line Drawing

Cartoon car line drawing
Cartoon car line drawing

Add the handles on the doors and finish the line drawing by going over it with a black pen, marker or darker pencil lines.

You can leave the drawing at this stage or move on to the next step if you want to color it.

Step 12 – Color the Car

Cartoon can drawing
Cartoon can drawing

In this example the car will be red but you can make it any color you like. When coloring leave a narrow white area just below the door handles stretching across most of the car for the reflection/highlight. This will help show that it has a smooth and shiny surface.

Color the windows blue and also leave a few white stripes to again show the reflections.

Make the tires a dark grey and the area behind them black. Color the rims, bumpers and door hands a lighter grey. Finally make the tail light orange and the headlight a very light grey.

Conclusion

This tutorial shows how to make a simple drawing of a cartoon car. It was created to be beginner friendly so hopefully haven’t had much trouble following along.

If you would like to try some more simple step by step tutorials also see the following: