Tag Archives: Interior Design Student

Adding Pattern to Sofa

6 Sofa patternHere is an illustration of a one-point perspective sofa demonstrating steps for adding a fabric that has a horizontal and vertical pattern.  Before drawing the pattern, it is helpful to draw a grid in perspective to use as a visual guide.  The grid is added by drawing vertical guidelines that are equidistant apart from the top to the bottom of the seat back.  In a one-point perspective the flat front of the furniture piece is an elevation which is measurable. Next, at the point where the pattern guideline meets the seat pillow, add perspective guidelines, using the single vanishing point drawing the angled lines.  Where these guidelines meet the end of the seat pillow, draw vertical lines on the flat front.  Estimate the horizontal lines of the grid.  Now you can draw the fabric pattern in perspective using the grid as a visual guide.  Below is the finished image with the sofa.  Notice the next image below shows each of the patterns and textures that were included in this finished drawing.

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Line Drawing Interior Accessories

Lamp with Mirror AEnjoyed practicing adding texture and pattern to these table top accessories.  The goal was to have a variety of rendered patterns which included using a combination of line and stippling.  I also created contrasting values with the items that were overlapping.

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.

Drawing Chairs in One-Point Perspective with Pattern

6 Chairs 3In one-point perspective, the location of the piece of furniture in relation to the vanishing point determines how much of that piece is seen by the viewer.   The furniture piece will have a flat front and the lines drawn are either horizontal, vertical or from the vanishing point. Here is an example of three chairs drawn in one-point perspective that each are located in a different position to the vanishing point.  Notice the following characteristics:

  • The center chair does not show either side of the piece.  The two legs in the front legs show an inside and front side.
  • The chair on the left shows the front and right side of the chair which is the same for the legs.  The fabric pattern is drawn vertically on the flat areas. On the seat, guidelines from the vanishing point are used to keep the pattern in perspective.
  • The chair on the right shows the front and left side of the chair which is the same for the legs, just the opposite of the chair on the left.  Again, the fabric pattern follows the lines of the chair with vertical lines on the flat areas.  On the seat, guidelines from the vanishing point are used to keep the pattern in perspective.

Drawing Vases Inspired by west elm

4 Pattern JarsI find drawing inspiration from visiting the west elm website accessory page. I admire how their designers successfully put different items together.  This drawing is one of the west elm groupings of blue and white china vases.  I switched a few items around and enjoyed figuring out how to draw each pattern on the vases.  What a great opportunity to practice drawing cylinder shapes and I can always benefit from this!  Check out the west elm site, under Vases + Botanicals.  for more interesting vase accessories.

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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Hand Renderings from Daedalus Design Studio

Fireplace 1How do hand rendered drawings fit into the interior design process? Here are three wonderful hand drawn renderings that demonstrate the importance of using visuals to communicate design solutions from the Daedalus Design Studio website.

I am excited to see interior designers use their drawings to visually communicate their design solutions.  In the image above, the architectural details are clearly shown and successfully provide a visual of the design details.   Another element of design shown by adding warm yellow and cool grey hues.  This drawing provides an opportunity for the client to see a realistic image of the design. Here is a quote from the website about their drawings:

“With our drawings and details, we help clarify and enhance the intentions of your interior designer, take a builder spec from expected to extraordinary, or make your ideas into a buildable reality.”

These two images below visually display design ideas too.  They both use a rendered floor plan and a perspective drawing to provide information about the design solutions.  Check out the website to learn more about the design firm and their ideas, Daedalus Design Studio.

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