Compact Truck Sketch (tutorial)


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The video and images here show the steps taken to create a color pencil on paper sketch and its transition to the digitally edited version.

Color pencil on paper / digitally retouched.

Materials used: the same alkalyne paper and soft lead color pencils as in the Hippie Bus (T1) tutorial.

  1. I intend to show you a more loose sketching style compared to the Hippie Bus tutorial. The idea is to rather focus on the design theme than the details,
    coming out with a lighter and more dynamic result. So, start drawing the ground line and elliptical wheels for a 3/4 front view. Suggest the front far side wheel 1/3 higher than the other one to set a twisted angle look.
  1. Lightly draw the profile, wheels and arches, windows, ground shadow, belt and surface change lines. Reverse the paper and look at it against the light as to check proportion and perspective. Then, modify where necessary.
  1. Once satisfied, firm up the lines, but try to draw lighter towards the rear. This emphasizes the front, our focal point here, and also the loose style. Start detailing the areas that you believe are key features to sell the theme without going any further.
  1. Draw the reflection and surface change lines, lighter than the ones to firm up. Detail the headlamp and front wheel. Suggest key body sections as the front center line. This helps to read the design. Add the mirrors and the cargo bed side step before you start shading.
  1. Concentrate shading near the focal point. Try to shade from dark to light (gradient) as you move away from it. Do not worry about shading all surfaces and giving them a logical lighting differentiation. Leave blank areas between some shaded ones and also suggest section lines along the body, like the one on the fender. Do not go too far. Stop and check the focal point area contrast. Enhance it if you feel you should and leave the rear unfinished. No backplate this time. Satisfied? All right...start over, repeating and trying to establish your own style and process. I understand that less is more when working on the loose mode. Besides, I believe part of this technique beauty relies on its "unfinished" state.