How to draw a police car
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How to Draw a Police Car | in 11 Easy Steps

Here’s how to create your very own drawing of a police car. The best part? You only need standard drawing materials and less than half an hour to complete it. Are you ready to get started?

You may have already seen a police car, either in person, on TV shows, films or video games. These famous cars are specifically used by the police force for a multitude of reasons; including work transport, patrolling neighborhoods, and transporting people of interest to and from police stations.

With the help of this guide, you will hopefully walk away from today’s lesson with a distinguishable sketch of a police car, enhanced with background accents and color, plus some new knowledge on the interesting features of these vehicles.

What you will need

  • A4 sheet of paper
  • Pencils (HB, 2h and 3b)
  • A ruler (optional)
  • An eraser
  • Mathematical drawing compass (optional)
  • Coloring kit
  • 20-25 minutes
Complete process

How to Draw A Police Car

I recommend taking a close look at the outline below before you begin drawing. Study the shapes marked in red for an idea of what each step will entail.

Then, make sure you have all of the proper drawing tools with you. Taking care of all these things before you start drawing is going to make the process all the more easier for you!

How to draw a police car
Outline of all the steps

Step 1: Draw the main body of the car

You are going to be drawing the police car from a side angle to capture each and every detail, so the first thing you need to do is flip your paper in a landscape orientation to ensure you have enough drawing room.

Then, draw a semi-wide horizontal rectangle in the middle of your paper for the main body of the car. Next, erase both sides of the rectangle and replace the edges with rounded corners instead.

The one on the left ought to be slightly sharper than the one on the right, and you’re all set for the next step!

  • Flip your drawing paper in a landscape orientation for more space
  • Draw a long horizontal rectangle in the middle of your paper
  • Erase the sides and replace them with rounded corners instead
How to draw main body of a police car
The main body

Step 2: Draw the roof

It’s now time to draw the roof. Adding this shape is not only going to complete the basic outline of the police car, but it’s also going to make it more realistic, so let’s get right to it.

Draw a small horizontal rectangle directly above the center of the main body’s rectangle. Just like you did with the body, erase the sides and replace them with rounded corners instead to give it an authentic car look.

  • Draw a small horizontal rectangle on top of the body’s rectangle
  • Erase the sides of the smaller rectangle
  • Replace the sides with a rounded corners and diagonal lines
How to draw roof of a police car
Roof of the car

Step 3: Draw the windows

Now that the basic outline is complete, it’s time to add the distinctive features of a police car on the body and roof, starting with the windows. To add this detail, draw three small rectangles next to each other inside the roof of the car.

Pay careful attention to the shape of each window. Ensure the front window is the biggest, the middle one slightly smaller, and then make the back window on the right the smallest of the bunch.

You also want to ensure that the outer sides of the front and back windows are curved to match the curve of the roof.

  • Draw three small rectangles next to each other inside the roof for the windows
  • Ensure the front and back windows’ outer sides are curved
  • Follow the image below for a guide on the dimensions of each shape
How to draw a police car
Windows of the Police Car

Step 4: Draw the police car’s siren lights

Including this step in your drawing is going to help differentiate it from a regular car and a police car. A few other vehicles you may encounter with this feature include ambulances and fire trucks, though they are much larger in size than police cars.

To add this step to your drawing, draw a small horizontal rectangle on top of the left side of the roof. Then, add a small oval shape above it to give off the appearance of a light bulb.

Next, find the back of the car, and draw a small horizontal rectangle on top of the trunk, and a long vertical rectangle above that to create the back siren. With these two shapes, you should now have a drawing that looks something like this.

  • Draw a small horizontal rectangle above the roof
  • Add an oval shape above it for the light bulb
  • Draw a thin vertical rectangle on the truck of the car for the back siren
How to draw siren lights of a police car
The siren lights of the Police Car

Step 5: Draw doors for the car

Now that the basic outline of the vehicle is complete, it’s time to add a few distinguishable details over and under the width of the car. For this step, we’ll start with the doors.

Draw a slightly wavy line starting from the bottom left corner of the roof that travels down the center of the car’s body. Just before it reaches the end, curve the line into a horizontal one that stretches out until it’s aligned with the back window.

Curve the line upward in another wavy line that connects with bottom right side of the back window. Once you have the basic layout set, draw a vertical line down the center of your newly added shape to divide the door into two.

Then, draw a semicircle on the upper right side of each door for the door handles.

  • Draw a horizontal rectangle across the center of the car’s body
  • Erase the sides and replace them with wavy lines
  • Add a vertical line in the middle to divide the two and add the door handles
How to draw doors of a police car
Doors of the Police Car

Step 6: Draw car lights

With the doors complete, let’s move on to the lights. To add the front lights, draw a semicircle on the left side of the car body. Add another semicircle within the first one that follows the same pattern for the front light.

To add the backlights, draw a small rectangle againts the right side of the car’s body. With these two shapes intact, you should now have something that looks like this.

  • Draw a semicircle on the left side of the car’s body
  • Add another semicircle inside the first one for the front lights
  • Draw a small rectangle against the back of the car’s body
How to draw lights of a police car
Draw the car’s lights

Step 7: Draw front and back bumpers

Next up are the bumpers, which are horizontal structures that minimize the impact of any collision. That’s why they’re present at the front and back of not only police cars, but other motor vehicles as well.

To complete this step, draw a small rectangle at the bottom left of the car’s body for the front bumper. Draw another small rectangle at the bottom right of the car for the back bumper.

Make sure you erase any lines of the car’s body that are visible inside the bumpers, and you’re ready to move on to the next step.

  • Draw a small rectangle on the bottom left side of the car’s body
  • Draw a small rectangle on the bottom right side of the car’s body
  • Erase any lines of the body that visible inside the bumpers
How to draw bumpers of a police car
Front and back Bumpers

Step 8: Draw the wheels

If you’re using the freehand method, then go right ahead. However, if you’re hoping to draw extremely smooth circles, then a mathematical drawing compass or a household circular object like a coin or a bottle cap might do the trick.

Start by drawing two large circles that cover the half of the car’s body and a space below it – one on the left and one on the right side of the doors.

Then, draw a smaller circle inside each large one to give it the standard shape of a wheel. Finally, erase the bottom line of the car’s body that cuts through the wheels and you’re all finished.

  • Draw two large circles along the bottom part of the car
  • Add a smaller circle inside each big one for the shape of a wheel
  • Erase the lines of the body that cut through the wheels
How to draw wheels of a police car
Wheels of the Police Car

The final step in the drawing process is going to make your car look just a little bit more like a police car and not just any other vehicle. First, add a side mirror by drawing a small cone against the corner of the front window. Cap it off with a tiny oval, and the mirror is complete.

Now, it’s time to add the police logo. This is ultimately what’s going to make your car stand out as a police vehicle. You can either use a ruler or the freehand method to draw a big star on the center of the front door.

  • Draw a small cone against the corner of the front window
  • Add a small oval to the end of the cone for the side mirror
  • Draw a big star on the middle of the front door for the police logo
How to draw mirror and logo of a police car
Mirror and Logo of the Car

Congratulations! Your Police car drawing is complete

If you followed along with each step and completed your police car drawing in one go, that’s great! Take a step back and assess the results of your hard work. Use the image we provide below to compare and correct any possible lines and shapes before you complete the rest of the tutorial.

How to draw a police car
Police Car is ready

Taking your police car drawing to the next level 

Here comes the fun part! What’s a good drawing without a background or some color?

Step 10: Adding a background

There is no limit to your imagination. You can think of any kind of background and add it to your drawing.

In our case, we selected tall buildings and a night time scenery as a background to give off the appearance that our police car is patrolling a city center at night. 

To add this scene to your sketch, draw four big rectangles behind your car. After that, make small rectangles inside each big rectangle. These small rectangles will represent the windows on the buildings.

Keep in mind that no line from the background should overlap your police car. If it does, carefully erase it.

How to draw a police car
Adding Background

step 11: Adding color  

Remember to add symbolic colors to the car. You can add any color in the background, but the police car must have the designated color, which of course, is blue.

Color the siren with red, the logo with yellow, and use light yellow colors for the front light. With these colors on your drawing, it’s much easier to tell that it’s a police car, isn’t it?

How to draw a police car
Adding Colors

bonus tips

Apply some shading techniques to the sketch. Your drawing might benefit from some cross-hatching on the wheels, and the favored scribbling technique for the bumpers and buildings.

Watch YouTube videos explaining the perspectives used when drawing cars to help you better understand the process. It’s also a great tool to connect and interact with other budding artists.

Share your drawing with others on visual learning platforms or your favorite social media app.

I like adding my name and the date to my drawings because I feel like it personalizes the work and creates a timestamp that documents my progress. This is a fantastic tool for you to use as well, so be sure to consider it!

Conclusion 

Drawing a police car is pretty simple if you follow the steps provided. We started by making the body of the car. Later, we drew the roof, windows, doors, siren lights, front and back lights, wheels, and other things. 

We are confident that you followed our steps and made amazing art. If you didn’t get it on the first try, go for another try. Remember, practice is what makes us perfect. 

Conclusion

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This guide explains how to draw an amazing police car. It also explains fun facts about the vehicle

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