One of the great things about teaching a perspective class is getting the opportunity to practice drawing an interior space. The image above is a visual inspiration from my how to perspective drawing interiors book and has the added finishes and textures. The bottom drawing shows some of the guidelines such as the box on the floor that the chairs are drawn from and the center vanishing point at the right bottom corner of the artwork.
Super full teaching schedule this spring at the college. One of my favorite classes is the Interior Design Drawing class that uses my perspective book. So fun to be assisting students in developing their hand drawing skills. Here is an in class sketch book activity drawing from last week. Using a photograph for as a visual reference, we started with the rectangular shape of the bench front, or the the flat front and then established the vanishing point. The bench top was added using the perspective guide lines, next the flat front of the sofa was drawn using the bench size to estimate the width and height. From there we finished the sofa shape, added the bookshelf and played around with drawing the pillow shapes. While finishing this drawing at the house, Mr. Leo wanted to over see the work!
I 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.
Want to learn more about drawing interiors in perspective? Check out my book that includes a workbook and a CD with step-by-step demonstrations.
Using 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.
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.”
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An 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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