Driving Stick Shift

This past week, I sketched my car, just outside of my apartment. Cars are fun to draw – their features give them such personality. For my first sketch, I spent a good amount of time trying to get the proportions right – which worked out for the most part. Then, sitting in the driver’s seat for the second sketch, I adopted a slightly looser style, quickly eyeballing the layout of the interior. I took a few wrong turns though – whoops! I will have to return to this subject in the future. As I sketched my car, I was reminded of Florian Afflerbach’s amazing artwork. After seeing his drawings years ago, I was inspired to try some extreme close-up perspectives too … in my own way. His clean, architectural style is elusive to me. The cars I draw suddenly develop dents, scrapes, and misattached or misaligned parts. Sure is fun though. I filled a third page with some really loose doodles of my car from all sides.

Anyway, this is my car. My first car. A manual transmission hatchback that is so bright red it’s almost embarrassing. I love it though. Over a few months, I learned how to drive stick, a skill that I have always wanted to learn. It has taken me a bit to hone those hill starts, but I ain’t goin’ back! Driving is much more enjoyable and engaging with a stick shift.

Happy sketching!

7 Comments on “Driving Stick Shift”

  1. Harald Ebeling says:

    Awesome! The quick doodles in particular. Good to see that you are still finding time to sketch – and even write a blog post!

    This inspires me to head out again this weekend for a little sketching of my own…

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  2. Bronwen Welch says:

    I hope this reaches you, Sebastian. I’m entranced with your beautiful sketches! You do have a gift. I haven’t picked up a sketchbook for many months and your beautiful drawings are such an inspiration to me…they make my fingers itch!! Thank you so very much for sharing them. Bronwen Welch

    Sent from my iPad


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    • Sebastian Sievert says:

      Hi Bronwen!

      Thanks! That’s so kind of you. Your watercolor sketches are stunning – an inspiration to me! Yes, get that sketchbook out again!



  3. Miles O says:

    Really like the first sketch of the car. Like the way values give it depth. How did you get the grey for the interior and the tires? Felt pen?

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    • Sebastian Sievert says:

      Hi Miles,

      Thank you! Yes, for the grey tones, I used an N4 Copic marker. I was familiar with the marker brand for a while and knew that they’re popular in certain illustrator and designer circles. I decided to buy just one marker to try out, since they are incredibly expensive. I had to see for myself what all the fuss is about. :) They’re definitely neat. It’s simple to quickly lay down a second tone for shadows or accents. However, in the future, I’ll be sticking to watercolor which can be cleaner and more subtle, I think. Markers do have their strengths though.

      Happy sketching!

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  4. Olivia Marohnic says:

    I love these, Sebastian!! Especially the interior scene! Thanks for sharing. Congratulations on your first car.

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