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Cool Cars / Cartooning by Jack Keely

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Burn Out

With its wheels spinning fast, this Ford Mustang is really burning rubber. This drawing is designed to call attention to the car’s speed and movement. It also has been distorted to emphasize thrust—it’s angled away from the viewer, the front end is pointing into the wind, and the tires are skewed into ellipses (see page 9). In the minimal background, a stripe indicates a road and offers a frame of reference without detracting from the vehicle. Allowing the Mustang and smoke to break out of the background rectangle heightens the action and propels the car forward.

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1 I start this drawing with some simple geometric boxes to block in the ...

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