How to draw a car – designing the Lexus LF-SA

How to draw a car – designing the Lexus LF-SA


My name is Shahidul Alam. I am a designer here at ED Squared. And I am also a recent graduate of Transport Design from Coventry University. Upon graduation I have been working here for the Lexus division. I am going to show you how we drew the LF-SA And just a bit of detail and the processes that were involved What we are doing here is essentially, basically, getting the foundations in. So as you can see what I am working on now is getting the perspective, just trying to quickly draft it out. I’m trying to determine the proportions of the car, the stance. And what I’m starting with is essentially the wheels. We believe it’s important to have something unique, in the sense of expression of style, so as you can see I’m working with pencil here and I’m really trying to define the outline of the car, just so the shape is much more evident. Also, as it’s a Lexus, it’s very important to get the spindle grille in, which is a key signature at the moment for any Lexus you’re working on. It’s always important to ensure that you’re just free, because sometimes when you start restricting yourself, that’s when you realise it’s becoming too normal. At the end you would put the logo in, just to give it the Lexus feel. Once you’re confident with your general drawing, it’s important to get the highlights right, the shadows right, and in that way the car itself will start to speak. So I’ve now scanned in the sketch, and we work to develop it in order for it to become a real car. In the professional environment, we’re always racing against time so what I’m trying to define now is the crucial lines. Design is really important in the sense that it kind of shapes the future to some extent, not just aesthetically, but from a design point of view we’re able to capture or understand where the needs are and what people are expecting. And not only that, the beauty is you’re actually working to create a product that, not only fills a need, but also helps enrich the lives of other people, whether or not they know it. From our point of view we feel that sometimes when you see something, you might not always like it, but when you do, you don’t always know why, and these intriguing questions are things that we always look forward to answering, so I think from that point of view, design is pretty important. It might be something that’s considered not as important as it should be, but it really does drive the future.

100 thoughts on “How to draw a car – designing the Lexus LF-SA

  1. I know this is a slightly old video now, but is there a way that I could sign up for work experience here or just be able to have a look round? I’m starting the same automotive and transport design course as this designer at Coventry in September and I’d love to be able to visit here!

  2. hey buddy i also want to be a car designer,til i was small i am doing designing and i also have done my diploma from MAAC university and i have done my mechanical engineering also now days i am learning autocad and catia and solid please bro help i also want to be a designer its my dream to have such type of cool job .its my dream .
    i am from India and i can not afford expansive course more is there is any way to do designing course.you can contact me
    get in my FB page DR>ANIMATOR

  3. Hi lexus, which is the software you have used after drawing with the pencil???? I want to learn,create and do my own drawings?Let me know ASAP

  4. Who can I speak to about contacting Shahidul Alam about doing a project drawing for me? Unfortunately, I do not have the programs, but I think he would be enthusiastic about a project I am working on for the SEMA show. Please advise. Thank you.

  5. Am now dubai in visiting job searching in car company i watching your video thanks sir good idea for me i today onwards created a new car design

  6. Can I become a car designer without graduation?? Because cutrently I'm preparing for engineering but I practice a lot for designing…

  7. Saya from Indonesia saya juga ada rancangan mobil ..saya mau nyumbang rancangan saya ke Lexus ..di Indonesia ini sulit mewujutkan nya

  8. Hey how much is your paycheck man wasted the money car never come to dealership. You should be doing a improve
    Gas mileage and safety. Money you guys wasted come to dealership and we have to pay. Reply

  9. I'm passionate about car design and I'm taking mechanical to car design…This is right or any other course for car design

  10. I don't why but i feel like that he might be a Bangladeshi
    It’s just my thought seeing him at first glance.
    Buy the way the design was tremendously awesome, loved that.
    Thanks told lexus UK team

  11. maybe next time you don't switch camera when he's drawing or fast forward so your film can match your title

  12. Bro I want to know about your journey
    How u got this opportunity to work with Lexus as I m also doing my bachelor in transportation and nobility design

  13. Sketch: “ oh its a sedan”

    Computer: “oh its an SUV”

    Manufactured: “ITS A FUCKING HATCH BACK?!”

  14. From the name,I'm guessing he is a Bangladeshi. if he is,We are The Bangalees are proud of you my man.❤

  15. Don’t get me wrong this guy is an amazing artist and this isn’t shade towards him, but that car is FUGLY ASF this is why people don’t get away from traditional cars cause every car that can take us all one step into the future either looks gay or is too damn expensive (Tesla)…

  16. I am a 3d car modeller and designer. As a designer I reaaly respect ur video bcz its difficult but cool work to do. Big hands for graphics designer's

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