Tag Archives: Design Drawing

Drawing a Mug with Perspective Instructions Video

Here is a 10-minute video that I created for my perspective drawing course this semester that is using the Exploring Perspective Hand Drawing book.  It has step by step instructions for drawing a mug shape and adding the mug handle using perspective drawing techniques.  Check out the finished drawing below. Enjoy!

3.5 Mug from Stephanie Sipp on Vimeo.

mug-finished

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Practicing Cylinder Line Drawing

3 Mugs in a row sketchPracticing is one of the key aspects of improving your drawing skills.  The core skill for me that needs practice is drawing cylinders.  I like to practice using repetition.  Notice in the sketch above, I started on the left and sketched cylinder shapes multiple times of different objects.  One of the technique that I like to use when drawing cylinders, is to use a pencil line down the middle with horizontal lines placed proportionately down the object for both the width and height of each section.  Below is an illustration from my perspective book on cylinder drawing with a center-line technique.

Practice

Found a great article on the Learning to See blog focused on how to practice drawing effectively.  In a blog article Paul identifies the three critical steps for effective practice:

  1. Identify the core skills that you need to practice
  2. Decide on a way to practice those skills in isolation from everything else – focus on each skill separately, one at a time
  3. Make an appointment with yourself and allocate some time for regular practice.

Be sure to check out this blog site:  Learning To See –  Inspiration and practical advice for aspiring realist artists.

 

One-Point Perspective Interior Sketch

Sofa Class Mar 16Super 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!

Leo

Window Seat Copic Coloring

Window Seat RenderingTaught a continuing education class called “Sketching for Design Solutions” last fall to a group of professional interior designers. This one-point perspective window seat image was one of the drawing activities.  I am just getting around to adding color with my Copic markers.  In this rendering I stepped out and used some brighter orange, yellow and purple hues.  The worksheet below was used for my visual color reference as I added color to the image.  I will usually start rendering an image with a small group of marker colors and then add more as I go.  I like to note the maker color numbers for quick reference in the future.

Window Seat Color Notes

One-Point Perspective Window Seat Space

Window Seat DrawingI 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.

Window seat Grid 22.1 window seat 1Want to learn more about drawing interiors in perspective?  Check out my book that includes a workbook and a CD with step-by-step demonstrations.

Interior Line Drawing

Bedroom Photo RenderingUsing 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.

11 Photo B

11 Bedroom image

Sketching Interiors Practice

Living Room Sketch

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.”