Hot Rod Firetruck Cartoon Sketch

I did this sketch some time ago. It was done to help out another artist who needed a drawing of a hot rod firetruck for a photo booth cutout during a charity event. The sketch was enlarged and transferred to a plywood board which people would stand behind, so they looked like they were driving it, to get their picture taken. After emailing an image of the sketch, I packed away the original under some other sketches.

Recently running across it, I thought it would be cool to finish the sketch by drawing it in vector art. At the time, I was converting an old computer from Windows XP to Linux. The old computer ran good for years with XP, then after a system update it started shutting down without any warning. I worked with it for a while, doing reinstalls and updates, but the end result was always the same. This lead me to try Linux on the computer and it has been running fine ever since.

One of the applications I loaded on this computer was Inkscape. Inkscape is a free (open source) vector art program available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Think of it as a free alternative to Adobe Illustrator, the industry standard, and what I regularly use to create the artwork. I thought this would be a great project to switch gears and use Inkscape instead of Illustrator.

Inkscape is easy to use, the challenge for me was that I am so use to Illustrator, it took me a while to find out how to do some of the same things I do in Illustrator, in Inkscape. When I got stuck on something the answer was easy to find by just doing a search, Inkscape has a large support community out there.

I’m not finished with it yet but this is what I have so far, starting to add color to it now. I’ll keep working on it from time to time until I get it finished.

2 thoughts on “Hot Rod Firetruck Cartoon Sketch”

  1. I am looking for a drawing that I can convert to vector for a fire dept t-shirt it is a 1989 E-ONE fire truck

  2. If by converting a drawing to vector you mean re-drawing it, you could just start with a photo of the fire department’s actual truck and go from there.

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