How to Draw the Jaguar F-Type Coupe

Ever premium car company out there knows how to design a good coupe, but there's just something that's extra-special about Jaguar's F-Type. It's the analog experience in the digital age, the double Mac served among vegetarians, it's even. And now, if you have a bit of talent and a couple of hours to study, you can also draw it.
Jaguar F-Type Coupe 1 photo
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The visual appeal which is so fundamental to this car takes inspiration from the legendary E-Type of yesteryear but puts a very modern design twist. This very pure form of automotive expression is the sort of thing non-car people understand. Just show the a picture of the F-Type and something like a Koenigsegg and watch them struggle to tell which is faster.

The purity of the C-X16 concept has been retained without compromise; the F-Type Coupé's long bonnet, low roofline and tapering cabin inspire me every time I see it." Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar.

Let's talk sketching. Jaguar says the design of the Coupe is defined by three key 'heartlines', that visual message beginning with the grille.

We'll let Jaguar themselves explain their work as only they can:

"It is from the twin 'shark gill' openings that sit either side of the grille that the essential first heartline - which mirrors the design of the F-Type Convertible - flows and begins to take shape. Running up through the headlamp, and accentuated by the LED 'J blade' daylight running lamps, the line then arcs up over the front wheelarch before dropping elegantly as it runs through the door, washing out into the muscular rear haunch.

The Coupé's second heartline, also shared with the Convertible, begins at the rear edge of the door, swelling outwards and upwards to create a visually strong wheelarch, emphasizing the car's rear-wheel drive layout, before dropping vertically through the tail lamp.

The third heartline forms the Coupé's dramatic, cabin-rearward, sweeping roof profile. Providing an unbroken silhouette, it highlights the visual drama of the tapered cabin nestled between the powerful rear haunches. The distinctive side wind
ow graphic, finished as standard in bright aluminum, accentuates both the compactness of the car and the roof profile."

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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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