How to Draw a Cartoon Car in 12 Steps

This step by step tutorial shows how to draw a cartoon car. It includes simple drawing example and explanations for each step.

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 cars tend to have.

Step 1 – Draw the Wheels

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

Now draw the outer shape of the car but leave some areas at the top and bottom ends open for the bumpers. Make the wider bottom section slightly taller than the top.

Step 3 – Draw the Front & Back Bumpers

Cartoon car bumper drawing
Cartoon car bumper drawing

Draw the bumpers as as pretty much just two rectangles with rounded corners at each of the bottom ends 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 around the bottom of the windshield.

Step 5 – Draw the Outline of the Doors

Cartoon car doors outline drawing
Cartoon car doors outline drawing

Now draw the outer shape of the doors/windows. They should pretty much follow the outline 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 another horizontal line between the top and bottom section of the car to show the windows.

Step 7 – Draw the Divider Between the Windows

Cartoon car windows drawing
Cartoon car windows drawing

Now draw two more lines around the the vertical split in the doors to add 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) to show the rims.

Step 9 – Draw the Inside of the Rims

Cartoon car rim insides drawing
Cartoon car rim insides drawing

Add two smaller 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

Draw the headlights at the front of the car and the tail lights at the back.

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

You can make the car any color you like but in this case we will go with red. Leave a narrow white area just below the door handles stretching across most of the car for the highlight (light reflecting off of the car). This will help show that the car has a smooth and shiny surface.

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

Make the tires a dark grey and the area behind them black. Color the rims and bumpers and door hands a lighter grey.

Finally you can make the tail light orange and either leave the headlight white or make it a very light gray.

Conclusion

This is a fairly simple beginner friendly drawing of a cartoon car but it can still look quite nice when finished. If you like this tutorial and would like to try more like it see the rest of the tutorials here on EasyLineDrawing.