Excited 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.
Be sure to take time to view his other drawings including Future City – Sketches, Polish Village – Nowogrod and White on Black.
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!
This 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.
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.
In 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.
The addition of surface rendering to floor plans provides an opportunity to show the pattern and texture of the building elements and furnishings. In this quick sketched rendered floor plan of a bedroom, it has a stippling pattern representing the texture of the carpet. There are lines and dots for wood grain and horizontal squiggled lines representing the fabric on the bed. Notice around the floor plan, I doodled around drawing different table tops, plants and flooring finishes.
Check out this six minute video where I talk about these texture and patterns.
Preliminary sketching can be used as a creative strategy for generating ideas. Often while sketching out an image, ideas for the composition will pop into my head. Moving my pen over the paper will generate more ideas than just looking at pictures. I think there is something about being in motion that assists ideas in coming up. What about you? Do you hand write notes or doodle sketches in the preliminary stage of exploring new ideas? What about trying this before going to the computer to organize these ideas? Notice the shifts and changes from the preliminary sketch to the finished image below.
Wow! Just discovered Mick Ricereto who is a in interior design and product consultant from Baltimore, Maryland. It is inspiring for me to review his successful hand drawings and marker rendering style. In the two point perspective rendering above, he uses a low horizon line and shows a third wall along with the ceiling design. He has a light touch with his rendering style, keeping white areas which gives the image some sparkle. He is an expert at capturing the reflective material. He has an interesting blog and a website chock full of awesome renderings and designs, Mike Ricerto – Interior + Product.
Here is a line drawing that I completed while traveling back to Florida from Austria. I was captivated with this image on the cover of a brochure that I had in my travel bag. It was great to use as my inspiration and easy to work with sitting on the tiny airplane seat for many hours. The photograph was taken by Luigi Caputo and was on the cover of the opera brochure Salzburger Festispiele.. I did contact Luigi by email to get his thumbs up about using his image for the drawing and posting it on my blog. He has a wonderful website with other exciting photographs. By the way, check out the Salzburger Festispiele website too, it is very dynamic and has great opera videos.
Floor plans rendered with color will visually communicate the design of a space. Color adds interest and flavor to the plan and I find markers to be a quick color medium to show the color palette of the space, add texture, shade and shadow. Here are some of the features and steps I used in rendering this floor plan:
1. A triad color scheme plus neutral hues was used to unity the design. Each hue is repeated through out the space. Here is a snap shot of some of the markers used, notice the triad color scheme is yellow, blue and red with added neutrals of brown, tan and grey.
2. A variety of different finish textures were added with a combination of color marker strokes and stippling along with a fine line black marker also.
3. The blocks above the rendering represent my method for recording the marker colors used in an image. Each block shows from left to right the markers for the neutrals, tile, deck wood, fabric living room and fabric dining room. I will refer back to this information when working on other renderings.
4. Since it is still challenging for me to add shade and shadow, I did a quick, simple shade and shadow study before the final rendering. Notice in the image below, there is only a single light source on the top right corner.