Tag Archives: architectural hand drawing

Amateur Commune Blog

Just discovered a wonderful blog filled with images called Amateur Commune.  Yiwei Peng is an urban sketching artist, photographer, violin player and traveler.  Here are three images that I find very successful and interesting.  Check this site out!

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Architectural Line Drawings by T-Soup Design Studio

draw1What a great line drawing of a residential home. This is from the T-Soup design studio.  The design features are illustrated using a contrast of the dark windows and roof line against the light value of the house. Notice in the sky area above the house there is an addition of a very light value that frames the house image.

Tsoup (T-Soup) is a registered professional rendering, illustration and architectural design studio. They work for a variety of clients and produce work in a wide range of mediums and styles with their office in Newark, New Jersey.  Tim Sullivan is principal of the group.  Below is a hand sketched one-point perspective porch design also found on their website.  This drawing gives us a feel for the space and I find the plants to be a  great addition to the image. Take time to view other illustrations and designs by visiting their website.


Hand Drawing Inspiration from Connie Riik Designs

Bedroom with bookshelfInterior designer Connie Riik , from Jacksonville Beach Florida, has graciously offered her design work for me to use as inspirations for my drawings.  I admire her designs and use of finishes and textures.  In this extra bedroom, she has designed a built in cabinet which successfully provides a decorative architectural feature that also functions for storage space.

For this image, when rendering the texture and pattern, my goal was to have a variety of each with contrasting values.  Notice the bedspread pattern was drawn with lightly dashed lines and the dust ruffle with thin parallel lines.  The top pillow was drawn with a suggested floral pattern and the two back pillows along with the headboard has parallel lines in different values.  The open book shelf accessories are highlighted with pattern and a suggested shadow was drawn with parallel lines on the inside.

Interested in seeing more of her work?  Check out her portfolio at the website CSR Interiors.

Floor Plan and One-Point Perspective Line Drawing

Floor Plan 1-PointAn important step to drawing an interior perspective space, is to start with a scaled floor plan.  This will assist you in becoming oriented to the room and you will have a visual guide for your perspective drawing.  The floor plan shows the organization of the space, architectural features, placement of the furniture and accessories.  Taking time to add texture and pattern to this drawing will assist in planning ahead for you perspective drawing to include contrasting values and a variety of patterns.  Notice in these examples the variety of patterns includes a floral pattern on the sofa, a wood pattern on the flooring and door frame and a geometric boarder on the carpet.

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Architectural Journal Article on Sketching

PerspectivesWant to learn more about sketching and visual communication in the design field?  Check out Perspectives, Volume 19, Number 1, Spring 2011.  There is an extensive article with information on the history, types and styles of architectural sketching including visual examples.  Click on this journal link to read about this:  Journal of Ontario Association of Architects

Take time to visit the website of this great group!  The Ontario Association of Architects

Line Drawing Office Bedroom

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I enjoyed rendering this office bedroom space.  The combination of hard and soft surfaces provided a variety of textures to render.  The wood surfaces provided a darker value against the light walls and soft surfaces.

Using spaces for multiple tasks is a successful way to design for the future. This office and bedroom design successfully used a small space that has two distinct functions.  It is easy to image the bed being folded back into the wall and an office chair being added to the space.  This was space was designed by Eric Islas who has a wonderful website with many other successfully designed interior spaces.  Take time to check this out! Erica Islas – EMI Interior Design.

Artur Stephniak’s Architectural Hand Drawings

House 1Excited to get an email from Artur Stephniak who is an architecture student in Warsaw.  How fun is this!  An aspects I really like about hosting this blog are the wonderful people who contact me from around the world.  Artur Stephniak is one of them!  Here are two of his drawings from his  website .

Here is a quote from his site: “I am an architecture student at the Warsaw University of Technology.  My main passion and hobby is drawing. I specialize in such styles as a fantasy and science-fiction. I love to imagine those worlds and draw them.” These two drawings are from his Modern Architectural Sketches & Biggest Concept file.  I am appreciating his ability to use value to highlight his buildings.  His building designs are interesting and the backgrounds provide a perfect backdrop for his designs.

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Be sure to take time to view his other drawings including Future City – Sketches, Polish Village – Nowogrod and White on Black.

2 – Point Perspective Proportion Video Demonstration

After learning the basic steps to drawing a two-point perspective box, it is fun to add more to the box.  The video below demonstrates step by step drawing a gift box using the two-point perspective formula.  This an example of  the finished image. Have your sketch book and pencil handy to follow along.  Enjoy!

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Line Drawing Steps with Table Top Shadows

5 Put it together imageThis is the final image that I drew with the lamp as the light source for the shade and shadow. Before working on this  image, several preliminary sketches were completed.   In the image below I  became familiar with the shapes and proportions of each object using an elevation sketch.  A center line was used as a guide for drawing the same shape on either side of the center. Other dotted lines were used as guides also.

5 Shadow table A The second image was a quick sketch working with the placement of the shade and shadow. Guide lines from the light source which hit the edge of the object to create the shapes on the table top.  I adding value for the shade and shadow and looked closely at how the composition of the image was working.  These two drawings provided the visual information I needed to move forward for the final drawing.

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Drawing a Variety of Texture, Pattern and Value

BasketsIn this image I am practicing drawing textures and pattern on a wood box, a basket and a ceramic mug.  A key aspect of being successful is having different values of dark and light to highlight each object.  For example, the basket in the middle of the group, needs to stay lighter in value than the mug that is behind it. Along with the shadow on the left side of the basket is darker than the wood box. When working with a drawing marker you need to start out with light values and add the darker values as you go.