Check out this 6 minute video showing the steps to adding the inside of a bookcase in one-point perspective. Drawing furniture piece with shelves in perspective can be tricky. This video demonstrates how to use a single vanishing point, guidelines and other key points to drawing the inside of a bookcase correctly.
Want to learn more about drawing furniture in perspective? My Exploring Perspective Hand Drawing, Fundamentals for Interior Design book has a chapter on drawing furniture.
A Graphic Vocabulary for Architectural Presentation by Edward T. White represents drawings and styles from the 1970′s. Published in 1972, this spiral bound manual was intended as a textbook for architect students. These images are a bit fuzzy and yet on Supergrahic Strategies blog you can view these and other drawings from his book. In graduate school in 1986, I remember using this book!
When I first started to learn to draw, it was easy to get discouraged because my drawings did not meet my expectations. They often look discombobulated with shapes that were incorrectly drawn. My critical voice was like a referee, throwing down the yellow flag and blowing the whistle. Learning to silence this voice, allowed me the freedom to play around with my new drawing skills which was critical to practicing and improving. Who needs a referee when you are playing around? I would finish one drawing and start a new one.
In this beginning hand drawing image the lens looks like it is melted. I had let go of the referee and appreciate the expressive character of the image. Computer generated or photographic images have a more perfect look, hand drawings come with a flavor of being “not quite right” which often makes the image interesting. What about you? Can you lose that referee and keep on drawing?
I enjoy challenging myself to visually solve design challenges using my drawing skills. This challenge was to design a built in cabinet to accommodate a student who needs a place to study, store their books and sleep. My first ideas are shown in the working sketch below. I was thinking about the design as I am doing the drawing. You will see in the finished drawing above, that I made several changes and adjustments from the first one.