Reader's ride: Car drawings

2013-07-02 11:15

It's school holidays around the country and while most teenagers are stuck in front of a TV playing games, one young man spends his time drawing the things he loves most...cars.

reader AQEEL KADER (16) sent us some of his art:

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"My name is Aqeel Kader and I am from Durban. I'm 16-years old, currently in Grade 12 and I love drawing cars. There was always something about cars that caught my attention. Whether it was bright colours, the detail of alloys or the tone of each engine, I've always loved them.

How I started:
Since I was a child and could barely hold a pen, my mom would put a toy car in front of me and make me draw. My dad would sit next to me and try to correct my boxed drawings. In school, during the free time in Grade 1, I would go to the box with all the stencils and find the little yellow van that sort of looked like a VW Caddy.


I would draw around it and start to fill in the details. As I got older my drawings improved, from one-sided 2D drawings to  fully detailed 3D drawings. These days I produce free-hand drawings and only look at a picture to check minor details on a vehicle's body.

What inspires me:
Most of my family has worked with cars. From engine work to body modifications, it's something that will always run in my family's blood. I guess having being brought up in a family fond of racing and mechanical work it's been one of my main inspirations.

Car shows, racing games, drag racing, motor vehicle magazines and even music inspires me.

In fact, music influences your mood. For instance rap music is usually associated with big american lowriders or expensive European supercars, whereas rock music is usually associated with heavy american muscle cars. Anything around you that has a shape can resemble how you want a car or bodykit to look."

  • Alicia Matthews - 2013-07-02 16:59

    These are amazing!

      Aqeel Kader - 2013-07-04 13:04

      thanx alicia :)

  • Aqeel Kader - 2013-07-02 23:40

    thanx alicia :)

  • Kirk Bygate - 2013-07-03 15:11

    Great drawings Aqeel, keep up the good work. It's great to see that some people can still do freehand animation without the use of computers.

      Aqeel Kader - 2013-07-04 13:03

      hey thanks alot kirk. I know , and everything is gone digital now but i still prefer drawing, much more involved that way and actually here theres no limits to how you want something to look...iv done work on photoshop befre but its not as interesting...drawing is just much better

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