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Premium Tutorial: Photorealistic Vector Car

Learn to create this photorealistic vector Mustang car in this new Illustrator tutorial written by Bobby. Bobby has done several vector car illustrations on Deviantart. He has also received 5 Daily Deviation features and is known for his vector car illustrations. For the very first time, he will share with you his secret techniques in car illustrations. You will be able to get an insight on car illustration after this tutorial.

See some of his fantastic vector cars collection in his portfolio.

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Difficulty: Intermediate
Requirements: Adobe Illustrator

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    • Instant download of PDF e-book (35 pages)
    • Learn the techniques and tricks to draw a photorealistic car
    • Comes with final car in high resolution jpg for easy reference

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To draw the background layer

Your job is to find common areas of color (CAC). Well, this is my own term that I'll use in this tutorial to direct your attention to this technique. In the bumper, there are two different gradients running at the same time. One is running horizontally and one is running vertically at the same time. Now, in vectors you can't create two of these gradients in one single path. You have to find areas where the same color stays for a long space and that's where you can divide the paths. You have to create two paths in such a way that the end result, after you fill the color, looks like one whole.

Fig – 002 : The two CAC. 1 Running horizontally and 2 is running vertically.

Now draw these paths and fill them with appropriate colors that you have already gathered in your swatch.

Fig – 003

Fig – 004 : Placing the images of fig 003 properly you will get this result

To draw the indicator

Drawing indicator is the same as drawing a bumper, only at a smaller scale. First draw a basic background gradient which is in the shades of orange. On top of it you will have to add the boundaries as shown in the image.

Indicators and headlights always have a geometrical pattern to them. You have to keenly study this pattern to understand how to draw it. This indicator is very small and doesn't have much significance in the whole, so you don't have to draw it very minutely. Simply study the pattern and draw it as instructed in the images. Use the blend tool with less number of steps defined to create the vertical lines. I always use fills without strokes to achieve this and also add a gradient to the fill. Notice how organized and real it looks with blend tool. The idea for indicators and lights is that more geometrical they are the better.

Fig 005 – The indicator Finalized

Fig 006 – Exploded view of Indicator layers. Notice the selected layers in Layers menu

Fig 007 – The Spot is made of 3 path blend. Pretty much explains itself.

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About The Author: bobbysandhu

Bobby Sandhu is a freelance Traditional and Digital artist. He does vectors, vexels, digital paintings and pencil portraits. On deviantart he has received 5 Daily Deviation features and is acclaimed for his Vector car illustrations. Check his complete gallery at or visit his Deviant Art account.

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  1. Gravtar for mark deck
    mark deck August 6th

    Where is the link?

  2. Gravtar for Tony Soh
    Tony Soh August 7th

    Hi Mark, thanks for your interest. You will need to sign up as a premium member to download it. You can sign up from

  3. Gravtar for TheUglyVector
    TheUglyVector August 14th

    Man… that takes some skill, time and good patience to get to that level of drawing in vector. Someday though I’ll give it shot on my car. In the meantime, excellent work!

  4. Gravtar for Greg Spradlin
    Greg Spradlin September 27th

    Very nice!! The detail in the headlight is outstanding!!!

  5. Gravtar for bobby sandhu
    bobby sandhu March 29th

    Thanks everyone for liking the tutorial. =) This was my first for vectordiary

  6. Gravtar for job ballard
    job ballard June 17th

    Your first! Wow! Still, i am sure years of experience are behind the work… Good stuff.

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    Arthur Cid June 22nd

    Hi there I signed up this morning to your website I did not get a password link etc… I have been waiting all day I signed up with PayPal.I really wanted to see this car tutorial

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    Arts Stock July 23rd

    Here you can find Photo-realistic Vector Drawings –

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    sudeep kapoor September 27th

    excellent! realistic work is absolute real.

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    Boblee Swagger October 6th

    how will this get me anywhere in life??

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    luisvasquez November 1st

    i love car

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    bill May 23rd

    i love this car

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    Vectorlib May 23rd

    Free Vector – Convertible. Cabriolet Car –

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    vonbix August 18th

    Here’s a nice article about photo-realistic video camera:

  15. Gravtar for venomboy
    venomboy November 29th

    Amazing Tutorial..i must try it.

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    Mohsin Nazir December 13th

    very good tutorial this type of art really help designers in their software command

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    Don August 2nd

    Paid for the Premium Membership but this website won’t
    let me register. Can someone help?



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    Michael Kitchens August 5th

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    Showrav Hauqe November 8th

    Hey all no need to buy this. As soon as I will post it to my blog with free. :D

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    BYRON December 10th

    I like this Tutorial… Can I get it please?

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    greg February 13th

    Love learning new techniques. I have been experimenting as well:



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