Introduction: Chrome Rim Drawing Tutorial

Hi everyone :)

In this tutorial you can learn how to draw a realistic chrome rim!
The tutorial consists of a video at the start where I draw the rim,
and a step by step picture guide with explanation. I have also
included a drawingvideo at the last step, where I draw an entire
chopper bike. Remember to have fun drawing, and I will gladly
comment you if you send a photo of your rim drawing
(contact me via my website).

Estimated time to finish: 3, 5 hours
Tools: Mechanical pencil 0, 5
pencils HB, 2B, 4B, 5B
Blending stick or a Q-tip

Step 1: Reference Photo

I have chosen a car from the movie 2 fast 2 furious as reference picture. This rim is very
detailed and quite shiny, so it's a good picture to draw. The photo that I found was not too big,
so I made the drawing a bit lager. That's why I have written the numbers on the drawing in the
next step, and then you can check if you have the size and geometrics worked out right :)

Step 2: Outline Part One

Now we are going to make some basic outlines, these are easy to make if you use the
same measures as me.

Step 3: Outline Part Two

Ok, now this part is harder. Try to copy my work, it can be quite hard but you could try to
make a cross with your ruler, and then use these lines as guidelines. Do not move on
to the next step until you have the same outlines as me, or else the rim will not look
geometric. This is only for practice, so don't be afraid of copying my work ;)

Step 4: Start Adding Shadows

Then we have worked out our outlines and we can start adding shadows. If you wonder
what to draw first, on any of these steps, then you can watch the video. Not too much to
say about this step, just start with some HB and add a layer of graphite. Then blend it
and add darker tones to some parts. Remember to draw small outlines of the parts
that are supposed to be white (like the small round circles) and colour around them.

Step 5: The Easiest Step

This is one of the easiest steps in this tutorial. Just add more graphite, look at the photo
and copy it. Should be a no-brainer!

Step 6: The Sides of the Spokes

Now we are going to draw the sides of the spokes and making it almost pop-out of the
drawing. Make small contours of the white parts and then add graphite around them.
It's not smart to draw the shiny parts right in, its way better to use your mechanical pencil
and do some outline work first. You can see I do this all the time in the video. Then it's
no problem erasing the lines if you make a mistake. It's quite a challenge if you have
made a mistake and need to erase 4B-5B and darker graphite.

Step 7: Draw Between the Rim Spokes

Next step is to draw between the rim spokes. Here we can find small circles; you
probably need to use all the tools to make them. First outline with a mechanical pencil
or a sharp HB pencil. Then add some tone with a 2B and blend it, and then make the
real dark parts with a sharp 5B pencil. Don't worry too much about the shape of the rim
and trying to make it round.

Step 8: More Work!

Now we can fill the rim with graphite all the way to the circle we made in the first outline.
This is not too hard to do. Just draw the key parts with a mechanical pencil, and then
add the rest.

Step 9: No Outlines

This is the hardest part of the tutorial. Now we don't have any outlines like we had in the
steps before, and we are still going to make round even shapes! So now you must take
your time, if you're not steady on freehand drawing. It's always smart to start with outlining
the white parts as I have said before.

Step 10: Draw the Inside of the Rim

If you managed to do the previous step then this one will be a piece of cake! Now we
are going to draw the inside of the rim. Use a sharp HB or a mechanical pencil and
draw all the lines that are supposed to be light. They are going behind one of the
spokes, so keep straighten them up until you can see them almost flowing evenly
behind the spoke

Step 11: Now We Are Going to Draw the Tire

The tire is dark, so you need to use 4B and 5B for this. Watch the movie and see how I
colour the tire. I make the middle parts dark quite fast and then I sharpen the pencil, or
use a mechanical pencil, to draw the outer part of the tire (clean lines). If you try to colour
the whole thing right away, it probably won't be very round and even. Use time and focus
to make this right, and remember that is not very fun to erase 5B graphite! It probably
won't go away a 100 %.

Step 12: This Step Is Optional

You should of course draw the dark inside of the wheel If you want to draw the whole
car (Google 2 fast 2 furious for the whole car). However, you can choose yourself
what looks the best if you are only going to draw the rim.

Step 13: Last Step!

Go over the whole drawing again and correct mistakes and add more tones if you need.
I have added a lot of 5B graphite, and made sure that the parts that had been weakened
and smudged by my hand and paper, now has the right tones again.

You have just made a chrome rim drawing!


Keiah made it!(author)2015-07-18

great tips

bhanon815 made it!(author)2015-04-26

nice job amazing

Triggerhappy101 made it!(author)2014-08-25

Sub! ^_^

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awesomecreations made it!(author)2013-01-04

How long did this drawing take you to complete?

PotatoCoffee made it!(author)2012-10-09

It looks so realistic!

breumer made it!(author)2012-03-13

Wow that1s awesome!

Malhecho made it!(author)2011-10-15

killer im trying to improve my skills im really terrible.

Amireallyhere made it!(author)2011-03-13

your skills are amazing! i really like this instructable too:)
and i have to add, do you by chance have a deviantart account?

I+LIKE+TURTLES made it!(author)2011-02-03

i googled 2 fast 2 furious but it didnt come up

I+LIKE+TURTLES made it!(author)2011-02-03

i have tried seen so many different tutorials but yours is the best i have seen 5* yay :P

farzadbayan made it!(author)2010-07-27

I like it very much !

Oblivitus made it!(author)2009-07-15

Great job, I can't draw reflective objects at all. Here are two of my drawings.

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farzadbayan made it!(author)2010-07-27

Nice and pretty

bullet-head made it!(author)2010-03-18

Another amazing tut, I Drew the whole car, it took me about 8 hours on a 16" by 23" sheet , it looks great, I wish i could post a pic, but have no camera.

Oompa-Loompa made it!(author)2008-10-10

Without being very good at art to begin with, these instructions don't help. Being the mediocre artist wanna-be that I am, this helps me none at all. However an experienced artist may find this very useful. 4 *

Sergeant+Crayon made it!(author)2008-03-31

Damn, you're good at what you do! How long did the bike take?

The+Artist made it!(author)2008-04-01

thank you, the bike took about 14-15 hours! three days with some drawing every day.

armadillozenith made it!(author)2008-10-04

Beautiful! and such patience!

Rishnai made it!(author)2008-04-16

Badass bike! Is it from a photo, or your own imagination?

casey321b made it!(author)2008-05-21

its from a photo. if u watch the vid

RFilyaw made it!(author)2008-04-01

Dang. Usually I don't like Metacafe, but you deserve props for this one. It makes me ashamed to call what I do 'Art' (for which I'm hoping to post some instructables soon) I totally understand how long it takes to finish a work, too. You could start on a drawing, then when you're almost done with just the most basic line art, an hour is gone. Great job.

The+Artist made it!(author)2008-04-05

yes indeed it takes a looooooot of time :) thank you for your nice comment!

The+Artist made it!(author)2008-04-05

jepp I replied to your mail, you are talented!

bazl made it!(author)2008-04-02

ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT saw Chip Foose do something similar on tv. He`s good but you`re better. BAZL.

The+Artist made it!(author)2008-04-05

oh my thats on hell of an compliment! thank you hehe

Kristy4n made it!(author)2008-04-03

Man , can't say anything but RespecT ! Keep up the good job and maybe more instructs ;)

duck-lemon made it!(author)2008-04-01

OMG!!! HE SO TOTALLY DID NOT JUST DO THAT! Lol your an awesome artist.

Andruha1123 made it!(author)2008-04-01

you are freaking amazing.

cry_wolf made it!(author)2008-03-31

You're just amazing buddy. Didn't know you still did stuff here. :D I love how you create the lighting effects. They are absolutely amazing, its what brings the drawing to life. Ive been drawing alot more and taking some of your advice, but still got a long way to go until im close to your skill level. But i recently did draw a graffiti/calligraphy piece for this girl, it was good stuff :D Do you do any other art styles?

The+Artist made it!(author)2008-04-01

Hi cry_wolf! nice to talk to you again :) Yes I'm still around hehe. thanks for the compliments buddy. I do a lot of different styles, acrylic painting and even some digital 3d work! but it's traditional art and realism that i master the best. it takes forever to just understand how to use a 3d program!

cry_wolf made it!(author)2008-04-01

Oh yeah, those 3D programs take forever to master. I've got a friend who is just stunning with the free 3D rendering program Blender. I do some acrylic painting and oil painting too :D

ker-boom101 made it!(author)2008-03-31

Hehe you wouldnt mind if i used this idea for my art sketch i have to hand in right? is that legal btw im just going to follow your instruction and hopefully it will turn out as good XD

The+Artist made it!(author)2008-04-01

You're welcome :) just glad I can help you !

ker-boom101 made it!(author)2008-04-01

Hereactually turns out the rims were too hard so i went on your wbstie saw your watch drawing and got inspired and i went on googled it up and i decided to draw this one

LinuxH4x0r made it!(author)2008-03-31

Wow! very nice!

The+Artist made it!(author)2008-04-01

It sure took some time to make this Instructable, so its nice to be appreciated! thank you

GorillazMiko made it!(author)2008-03-31

You're awesome.

+1 rating.

The+Artist made it!(author)2008-04-01

hooray thanks for that! :-D

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