Oldies but Goodies

I came upon these two old cars from the ’60s and ’70s in Mānoa last week: a Jeep Gladiator and a Mercedes-Benz 280 SE cabriolet. Drawing the Mercedes at such an extreme angle was a particular challenge. Never before have I sketched a car sitting within a foot of its front bumper. Although in the end I was sweating over the checkered grill more than the perspective!


I have always found that old cars have more character than what leaves the factories today. Over the past three days I went around the neighborhood to sketch a few I have noticed on my commute. It took me a little while to get the proportions right – I always struggle with perspective when my sketch subject has essentially no straight lines. Wanting to take a break from my standard pen sketches, I also had to re-familiarize myself with pencil. After about three hours of sketching these were my results.

Following a little online investigation my guesses as to what I sketched are a 1980s Buick Riviera, 1990s Jaguar XJR-S coupe, 1990s VW Vanagon, and possibly a 1990s Suzuki Jimny.

Of course, just when I was finishing, a truly old car passed me – a beautifully kept 1960s Mercedes convertible. Got to track that one down…