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How to Draw Cars Like a Pro (Motorbooks Studio) (Motorbooks Studio) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Thom Taylor
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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International; 2Rev Ed edition (1 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760323917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760323915
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 20.9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whether you're a notebook doodler who wants to develope some skills, an expert illustrator looking to take it to the next level, or someone who dosn't even own a pencil but loves excellent hot rod illustrations, How To Draw cars Like A Pro is your book...Rod & Custom...Being a car enthusiast and artist, I believe that this book is a very well explained, contains awesome illustrations, and provides an easy to follow hands on course for all automotive enthusiasts and artists. The book provides a good sense of feel for drawing cars, while at the same time not limiting the reader, or rather, the drawer to drawing the 'stereotypical' car. The drawer is able to take the concepts reviewed in the book, and then incorporate his or her ideas to expand one's abilities. This is a great review for professional designers, a handy resource for all designers, and a good learning tool for the younger artists. I enjoyed reading (viewing) this book and recommend it to anyone even the slightest bit interested....Model Engineers workshop...As a mechanical engineer and an artist I have always liked building street rods and custom vehicles. I have been a huge fan of Thom Taylor's designs and ability to put them on paper for years. Taylor goes methodically through the basics and reasoning, with examples by himself and other great artists, to give one the foundation needed to start drawing with sound fundamentals. The artistic quality of the book itself is worth the price....Artworld dot com...I bought this book for a 16 yr old motorhead and I was a little worried when I ordered it that it would be too juvenile. It isn't. He said it was 'awesome and thanked me about 3 times (and if you know 16 yr old boys this is high praise). It has a good variety of techniques and subjects (i.e.: shading, color techniques, trucks, interiors, race cars, cartoons) and a little bit on how to pursue this as a career with art design schools and all. That made it even better in my opinion. If your teen is really into drawing cars and may even think about auto design as a career, this would be a good book to get them started...Car & Driver...As an artist who is good with characters but weak on perspective and mechanical forms, I have looked at a lot of books over the years about how to solve the problems associated with drawing vehicles. This is the best, the clearest, and the most useful. I use it as reference whenever I have to draw cars and sometimes I look at it just for enjoyment --draw dot com

Being a lifelong fa of the late and sorely missed Ed' Big daddy' Roth, I origionally intended to review Thom taylors and Ed Newt Newtons book describing how to draw crazy cars and mad monsters. however, as taylor's previous book How to Draw cars Like a pro has many interelated techniques, I thought it would be more productive to review them together. Like many people, I have been scribbeling pictures of cars most of my life. As a child of the Sixties, at a time when monster comics, model kits, and T-shirts were all the rage, and the likes of The Munsters and The Addams family were appearing weekly on our monochrome TV's, I attributed much of my inspiration to Roth. What i did not realise untill recently was that Newt Newton who joined Roth studios from art college in tthe early sixties was actually the designer of many of Roth's outrageour show cars and T-shirt designs. don't get me wrong - as the father of the infamous Rat fink, roth was a talented artist in his own right, but it was probably Newton's work with which i was familiar. Unfortunatly, my natural artistic skills are limited and i confess I never progressed further than detailed doodles. I therfore could have benefited from both these books - How to Draw Cars Like a Pro, and How to Draw Crazy Cars and Mad Monsters - 40 years ago, which complemet each other nicely. Only the supremely talented can become artists overnight and they wouldn't need instruction, so Taylor sensibly starts with the basics. In each book he explains about the tools of the trade, perspective, light, shadow, proportion, ellipses, light source, and refelections. as you might realistically expect much of this knowledge is repeated in both books. to be fair, there is no other way round it. However, the deeper into each volume you delve the more the content evolves towards the chosen subject matter. There's some similarity when describing how ot draw caricatures of vehicles but inevitably the carzy cars and mad monsters book leans towards cartoons. Taylor explains in easy to understand steps how to develope simplistic scribbelings into finished drawings and paintings. he describes the different methods of colouring developing drawings form teh coloured pencil and felt tip marker pen to the use of paint and more involved computer generated techniques. In demonstrating these methods he features the work of many other artists a number of whom you may recognise. In Draw Cars Like a Pro there are examples from Street Rodder magazine's resident cartoonist Dave bella s well as car designer Steve stanford and artist darrell Mayabb and Greg tedder. The Crazy Cars book is equally colourfull and features work from low brow artists Dave Big Deal Lance,Mr Distortion, Sorchick,Keith Weesner,C Cruz. Of course authors Taylor and Newton both contribute considerable material that is both informative and inspiring. Thank you Mr Taylor and friends. --Classic American, March, 2010


In this long-awaited follow-up to the best-selling first edition of "How to Draw Cars Like a Pro", renowned car designer Thom Taylor goes back to the drawing board to update his classic with all-new illustrations and to expand on such topics as the use of computers in design today. Taylor begins with advice on selecting the proper tools and equipment, then moves on to perspective and proportion, sketching and cartooning, various media, and light, shadow, reflection, colour, and even interiors. Written to help enthusiasts at all artistic levels, his book also features more than 200 examples from many of today's top artists in the automotive field.

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3.0 out of 5 stars How to draw cars like a pro 18 Jan 2008
By jeff
Dont get me wrong, thom taylor is a fantastic illustrator and all- round artist. I bought this book about 2 years ago, before I enrolled on a automotive design course and I found it wasn't the best preparation. The illustrations are fantastic and demonstrate some truly pro techniques, but he never really explains how to achieve these effects, so anyone who isnt already knowledgable with marker techniques, chalks will find it hard to replicate his examples. Only after 2 years on my degree, i can know look back at this book and achieve similar results. Maybe I'm wrong though, other people really rate this book,
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great reference book 3 April 2012
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This book offers great guidance on how to draw cars and also provides the skills which could be easily transferred to other types of drawing in design and technology at school or product design later. A very useful book......
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect foundation for vehicle design 6 May 2011
This book guides an aspiring vehicle designer through the principles of perspective, proportion and shading in fantastic detail.
The content applies to product design alike too.
There are loads of illustrations and step by step sketches to back up the theory and for you to copy, there many artist pictures both in colour and B&W in a number of styles including cartoon so your bound to see what appeals to your taste.

Thom Taylor also has another book How to Draw Choppers Like a Pro (Motorbooks Studio). There is some overlap in the principles but its well worth getting too as it covers more complex shadows and simple human figures.
Another book to consider is How to Draw Cars the Hot Wheels Way by Scott Robertson. this covers topics like foreshortening and computer rendering which arnt covered in the previous two titles, ok computers are in HTDCLAP but its a bit 'dated'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on drawing cars 29 Dec 2010
Best book I have seen on drawing cars. All subjects thoroughly covered and plenty of inspiring artwork from many car artists. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to draw cars 31 Oct 2010
By kev
A very good book for the avid car drawer with a load of good pictures
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