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Interior Rendering with Liz Steel

130308 Sofa Markers

Liz Steel has a fabulous blog that I follow called Sketching Architecture. It is helpful to see how other artist render interior spaces and her latest post   “Watercolur vs Marker” is great. Notice how she takes an interior drawing and renders one in marker and the other with marker.  I appreciate that she will work on the same image multiple times. She even follows up with another post of several more renderings with this image.  This type of repetition can be a successful way to improve your rendering skills. Which rendering do you prefer?  Is one more successful than the other in communicating the design of the space?  How do you decide what color medium to use? I am starting to practice using markers because color can be quickly added to the image. I also find that the water in watercolor can be challenging to control.

130308 Sofa Watercolour

Line Weight in Architectural Drawings

Here is a video that I created to show the different lines weights used in architectural drawing.  My information comes from the book, Design Drawing, by Francis D. K. Ching with Steven P. Juroszek.  You will discover more about this topic in the Pictorial Systems chapter.  Mr. Ching is a master at explaining and visually demonstrating architectural drawing systems. I highly recommend that you take time to explore his books and visit his  Seeing, Thinking, Drawing blog.

Demonstration adding texture to a floor plan

Floor plan rendered

Want to jazz up your floor plan?  Take time to add character to your plan by rendering the patterns, texture and adding value. Here are a couple of things to remember.  The patterns are rendered with just enough shape and key visual characters to show the flavor since you are viewing them from far away. To assist the viewer in distinguishing one object from another, plan to use a variety of value, line and stippling. It is great to have a picture or the actual finish to study as you are rendering.  This will help you to capture the essence of the object or finish with important visual characteristics.

Check out this video that demonstrates adding pattern, texture and value to the bedroom floor plan shown above.  Enjoy!

One-Point Perspective Bookcase Demonstration

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.

Architectural Drawings by Edward T. White


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!



Creative Strategy: Lose the Referee

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.

Camera 2011In 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?

Designing a Built In Cabinet

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.