Using a photograph of an interior space is great tool to for drawing a realistic interior. Connie Riik, a local interior designer, allows me to use her interior design images for my inspirational visuals. This finished one-point perspective line drawing comes from the photograph below. First I printed out the photograph in 8 1/2″ X 11″ and then divided this with a grid. I use this for my proportion and visual guide for the drawing. The room image is set up as a one -point perspective with the flat back wall. Notice one piece, the chair and ottoman, is positioned in a two-point perspective. Want to learn more about interior perspective drawing? Check out my book Exploring Perspective Hand Drawing.
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The month of February is all about sitting in meetings for me. Fortunately, I am attending these meetings and not facilitating them. This gives me an opportunity to sit quietly, listen and practice my hand drawing skills. I ask my self to finish the image even though it looks a bit discombobulated and has imperfections, like the one above. The goal is to spend time practicing not to come up with a perfect drawing. Want to learn more about the benefits of practicing? Check out this article The Importance of Practice: Use it or Loose which is on the Prolificliving.com website. Here is a quote from this article:
“Consistent and regular practice has more of an exponential than a linear effect. If you practice your dance weekly, you advance very slowly over time but if you practice it daily, the jump is not linear. It is exponential — in other words, it’s a big jump, a huge jump, the kind of jump that makes the difference between good and great, mediocre and magnificent.”
Doors are one my favorite subjects to draw and this one comes from the historic neighborhood where I live. While walking the dogs, I took a snap shot on my cell phone and used it as a visual reference. I actually drew the image and rendered it while traveling in the car.
Creative Strategy: Always work to finish a drawing. You will notice from the photograph below, the proportions of the door in my drawing are not quite correct. My inner critic is a strong voice as I am working on a drawing and I have learned to ignore these negative comments. My goal is not to get discouraged while creating an image, to keep going and to finish it. I even find the image looks much more successful the next day. What about you? Are you able to move forward and finish a drawing that you start? Does the drawing look more successful when you review it later?
I had a housing developer contact me for a sample of my work. They sent me one of their elevations to color render. Here is the finished image that took me the weekend to complete. I appreciated the challenge, great opportunity for me to play around with my Copic markers.
I had an opportunity to submit this image as a guest artist for a perspective book that is being published in England. It was fun to create this image using my interior perspective line drawing skills. The challenges with working just with black and white is to distinguish one object from another. I do this by draw a variety of patterns, implied textures with a contrast of values. You will note the different patterns that are created with lines and dots in this image. The desk is the lightest value without pattern or texture. This provides a background for the basket with a darker value texture, the chair with a medium value pattern and a variety of values, textures and patterns for items on top of the desk. Still waiting to hear back from the publisher, will keep you posted!
Here is a rendering of a front door from my neighborhood that I see walking my dogs. I took a snap shot on my phone and the picture became a visual reference for my pencil sketch. While working on the drawing, the photograph is a great way to check the proportions on the door, molding and curved brick steps. After completing the pencil drawing, the fine line drawing marker is added on top of the pencil, the pencil lines are erased and the color marker is added. Check out the line drawing below.
Copic Marker Rendering Tip #3: It is important to have unity of color in an architectural rendered image. One of the techniques that I use is to repeat the colors that are used on different objects. For example, the YR23 and E11 markers are used for the stucco and in the bricks. The reds on the door and brick include the E19 & E11 markers. The grey markers T0 & T2 are used to highlight the decorative molding around the door and the stones. G82 & G99 were used in the plants and door mat. B41 was used in the lamp and a highlight in the stones. To keep me focused on this technique, I select the marker colors before I get started and add new marker colors cautiously as I am working on the image. Need new rendering supplies? Check out a resource that I use. Dick Blick Art Materials
Great to have completed another rendered interior line drawing. Here is a creative strategy that I use when working on an image that takes extra time and planning to complete. When I start to feel stuck or confused about what color to use or what pattern would be best, I found it is helpful to pause, leave the room and take a break. This time away from the image helps to make it easier to view the image more objectively and to come up with ideas to move forward. I even find that waiting until the next day to work on the image, will give me a fresh point of view. These breaks allow me to move forward with new ideas.
Copic Marker Rendering Tip #1: I had an opportunity to use my new Copic blending purple makers when rendering the side chair. They come in a package of three and are markers V20, V22 & V25. I found they work successfully to create a value from light to dark. I also used marker Y28 with V22 on the flooring and sofa pattern. These are close in value and the colors work successfully together. Click on the link to find them at my favorite supply store. Find a HUGE selection of drawing materials at BLICK!