Tag Archives: architectural hand drawing

Window Seat Copic Coloring

Window Seat RenderingTaught a continuing education class called “Sketching for Design Solutions” last fall to a group of professional interior designers. This one-point perspective window seat image was one of the drawing activities.  I am just getting around to adding color with my Copic markers.  In this rendering I stepped out and used some brighter orange, yellow and purple hues.  The worksheet below was used for my visual color reference as I added color to the image.  I will usually start rendering an image with a small group of marker colors and then add more as I go.  I like to note the maker color numbers for quick reference in the future.

Window Seat Color Notes

One-Point Perspective Window Seat Space

Window Seat DrawingI am always looking for techniques that are easy and fast for drawing one-point perspective interiors.  Here is a window seat space that has a bookshelf and an art gallery area.  A simple grid was set up using the steps that are outlined in my Exploring Perspective Hand Drawing, book, chapter 10, using a square grid formula

Note the two grids below. Each have a measured back wall with the vanishing point.  The wall on the left has a grid that has been created with the diagonal guide line.  This provides the proportions of the room in perspective where the objects appear to look larger as they come closer to the front.  The first grid was sketched quickly with numbers noted on the back wall.  The back wall was set up in a 1/2″ grid which is similar to an elevation wall.  The second is an abbreviated grid version and has only the basic lines which are the key points that can be used when creating the drawing.

Window seat Grid 22.1 window seat 1Want to learn more about drawing interiors in perspective?  Check out my book that includes a workbook and a CD with step-by-step demonstrations.

Interior Line Drawing

Bedroom Photo RenderingUsing 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.

11 Photo B

11 Bedroom image

Sketching Interiors Practice

Living Room Sketch

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.”

Front Door Copic Marker Rendering 2

Door 6Doors 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?

Door 6 Photo

Exterior Residential Copic Rendering

Sipp Photograph RenderingI 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.

Desk Design Line Drawing

2 Desk AI 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!