Tag Archives: Interior Design Student

Marker Color Rendering Class

Plant and table rendered AHere is one of the first homework activities for my summer marker rendering class.  I am excited to be teaching this class and look forward developing activities and posting images.  Check out my instagram images posted during class with the hastag #fscjsippdrawing. The image below is my first rendering demonstration.  I collected leaves for each student to use  as they followed along with the demonstration.

Class leaf

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.”

Front Door Copic Marker Rendering 2

Door 6Doors are one my favorite subjects to draw and this one comes from the historic neighborhood where I live.  While walking the dogs, I took a snap shot on my cell phone and used it as a visual reference.  I actually drew the image and rendered it while traveling in the car.

Creative Strategy: Always work to finish a drawing.  You will notice from the photograph below, the proportions of the door in my drawing are not quite correct.  My inner critic is a strong voice as I am working on a drawing and I have learned to ignore these negative comments. My goal is not to get discouraged while creating an image, to keep going and to finish it.  I even find the image looks much more successful the next day.  What about you?  Are you able to move forward and finish a drawing that you start?  Does the drawing look more successful when you review it later?

Door 6 Photo

Sketchbook Page Tip #1

Light fixture

When do you find time to practice your sketching?  This week I was able to have my sketchbook and drawing tools at several long meetings.  I sketched the objects with light pencil lines, draw over the first sketch with a black line marker or pen refining the image as I go. I don’t think about the composition of the page so the images just end up on the page where they fit.

Sketchbook Page Tip #1 – What about practicing in your sketchbook to expand your drawing skills?   Time drawing in my sketchbook is about exploring and expanding my drawing skills.  It is not about coming up with a successful drawing. My sketchbook is a place to doodle, play around and practice.  This provides opportunities to sketch subjects that are more complicated and challenging for me knowing that practicing is more important than the results.

Chair & LettersChairs & Letters 2


Desk Design Line Drawing

2 Desk AI had an opportunity to submit this image as a guest artist for a perspective book that is being published in England.  It was fun to create this image using my interior perspective line drawing skills.  The challenges with working just with black and white is to distinguish one object from another.  I do this by draw a variety of patterns, implied textures with a contrast of values.  You will note the different patterns that are created with lines and dots in this image. The desk is the lightest value without pattern or texture.  This provides a background for the basket with a darker value texture, the chair with a medium value pattern and a variety of values, textures and patterns for items on top of the desk.  Still waiting to hear back from the publisher, will keep you posted!

Interior Rendering using Copic Markers

Sofa and WindowThe goal of this rendering was to have a unity of color and a variety of texture and pattern. It was started with a line drawing that is copied on my home copier on an 81/2″ X 11″ paper.  This is a smooth, hot press paper that I find easy to use when adding copic markers to my line drawings.  It is a 9″ X 12″ pad from Borden & Riley, #234 Paris Bleedproof paper for pens.

Copic Marker Rendering Tip #4

Here are successfully steps for adding a variety of pattern and texture to an interior images.  1.  Choose a range of color markers that you will be repeating throughout the image.  2.  Start your rendering with the most dynamic and largest pattern.  3.  Continue to add patterns repeating the color markers in the different patterns.  4.  Create a variety of ways to show pattern with lines and dots.  5.  Pay attention to how the light and dark values are contrasting each other.  In this image, reds, greens, wood tones and a grey were selected to be used.  I started rendering the floral pattern on the sofa that included the two main colors, red and green.  In next step color was added to the solid wood tones on the tables that have a small amount of pattern variation.  Then the small pillow patterns were rendered and I was care to have them show up against the sofa pattern.  Each pillow is different including a solid, a zig-zag, small circles and a checkered pattern.  I kept the image from being too dark by using a medium value on the wall color and with a lighter value pattern for the wood  flooring and rug.  Try these steps the next you are rendering an interior image.