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Sketch Your Home or Studio – Finishing off the Drawing!

This new series is the perfect project for when you're stuck indoors. I will be showing you how I make a study in pencil of my own studio. You can either use the reference provided (see below). Or better yet, make a study of the inside of your own home or studio. You can work from a photo or life - whichever you prefer πŸ™‚ In this session we will be finishing off the background and making some final adjustments to the entire drawing. The final thing left to finish off is the background - though you don't need to be as detailed in this area as the foreground.Having more detail in the foreground will help it to feel closer to the viewer and increase the sense of depth. Focus on smoothing out the tones in the background and make sure that all the elements roughly fit into the perspective of the scene and make sense structurally. The final thing you can do is lay some final unifying passes of tones over the darker areas and use the eraser to make the lightest sections as bright as possible so that they really glow! The materials you will need for this ...
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Sketch Your Home or Studio – Finishing off the Foreground

This series is the perfect project for when you're stuck indoors. I will be showing you how I make a study in pencil of my own studio. You can either use the reference provided (see below). Or better yet, make a study of the inside of your own home or studio. You can work from a photo or life - whichever you prefer πŸ™‚ In this session we will be carrying on from the previous video - finishing the details in the foreground in preparation for the final lesson where we will complete the background and pull everything together. When working with complex layered elements, it's often best to work from the back forwards. Details in the darker, shadowy regions can be softer than the parts illuminated by the light sources. In my piece you can see that the chair is in front of the table, so I worked on the table first, getting it to a finish before layering the chair details over.Pay attention to the shadows that these details cast and add them in (the spindles on the back of the chair are casting small shadows onto the seat for instance). You can also see that I spent ...
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Sketch Your Home or Studio – Starting to Add Detail

This series is the perfect project for when you're stuck indoors. I will be showing you how I make a study in pencil of my own studio. You can either use the reference provided (see below). Or better yet, make a study of the inside of your own home or studio. You can work from a photo or life - whichever you prefer πŸ™‚ In this session we will begin to refine the drawing - working on each section gradually. You will need a sharp pencil (or mechanical pencil like mine) in order to work on very small sections of detail.Take your time as you work. I find it useful to limit myself to a specific area at a time - rather than wandering all over the drawing. Pay particular attention to hard and soft edges.Take the computer screen above for example - it has a very sharp edge compared to the softer shadow edges on the wall behind.This helps push the wall behind the screen. Finding very small forms within the drawing and paying particular attention to them will make it look more detailed very quickly. Always take time to step back and look at the whole image regularly.This ...
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Sketch Your Home or Studio – Creating Light Effects

This series is the perfect project for when you're stuck indoors. I will be showing you how I make a study in pencil of my own studio. You can either use the reference provided (see below). Or better yet, make a study of the inside of your own home or studio. You can work from a photo or life - whichever you prefer πŸ™‚ In this session we will be looking at how you can create light effects on the objects in your scene. Begin by finding the light source that you will be rendering.This will show you what direction the light is facing and therefore, what effect it will have on the objects, walls etc. in the scene.In this case my table lamp is shining up at the wall, causing some parts to be illuminated and creating quite striking shadows. Use the same smoothing techniques that we learnt last session to add more detail, and create gradients that get darker as the objects or walls move further from the light source.You should also note where shadows are being cast and what object is casting them (see the face cast hanging on the wall above), Keep going in this fashion ...
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Sketch Your Home or Studio – How to Smooth Things Out

This series is the perfect project for when you're stuck indoors. I will be showing you how I make a study in pencil of my own studio. You can either use the reference provided (see below). Or better yet, make a study of the inside of your own home or studio. You can work from a photo or life - whichever you prefer πŸ™‚ In this session I will be showing you how to smooth out and darken tones without flattening the paper... You will be using a fine mechanical pencil (or a very sharp wooden pencil) to lightly work your way into the grain of the paper.This is one way to make tone darker in graphite without crushing and damaging the paper.Keep rolling the pencil as you work so that the tip statys sharp.I also recommend working from different angles (below, left, right and above). After multiple passes in this fashion the tone will be a lot darker and smoother without having crushed the paper.Don't worry of the edges are a bit soft as we will be sharpening things up later. Keep doing this with the rest of the image.Work with the darkest tones first before gradually adding lighter ...
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Sketch Your Home or Studio – Adding Tone to Your Line Drawing

This new series is the perfect project for when you're stuck indoors. I will be showing you how I make a study in pencil of my own studio. You can either use the reference provided (see below). Or better yet, make a study of the inside of your own home or studio. You can work from a photo or life - whichever you prefer πŸ™‚ In this session we will be fleshing out our initial line sketch with some nice masses of tone... Start by laying in a light, even tone over anything that isn't going to be very bright (I left the window and two other sources of light the same tone as the paper.You can use linear hatching (shading in a single direction) for this part. Once the general tone is in place you can pick darker shapes and start to deepen their tone.This will give the scene more depth and structure.Resist the temptation to add lots of detail - just focus on getting the big tones right. Keep working this way until most of the main masses of tone are shaded in.Next week we will use this as a basis to start rendering and adding more details ...
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Sketch Your Home or Studio – A Perfect Project When You’re Stuck Inside!

This new series is the perfect project for when you're stuck indoors. I will be showing you how I make a study in pencil of my own studio. You can either use the reference provided (see below). Or better yet, make a study of the inside of your own home or studio. You can work from a photo or life - whichever you prefer πŸ™‚ The materials you will need for this course are: Paper (or a sketchbook)Range of pencils (H, HB, B, 2B) – ideally a few mechanical pencils as well as regular ones.Kneadable eraserSharpener or sanding blockTapeDrawing board (if you aren't using a sketchbook) You can download the source image for the series here: http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/P1090476-scaled.jpg Start by taping up your paper to your drawing board.I suggest that you put a piece of backing paper so that the drawing surface is less scratchy. Lightly sketch in a rectangle that will determine the size and shape of your drawing.Try to work as light as possible during this session. It is easier to do this if you hold your pencil very far back (near the end) as this makes it nearly impossible to press down too hard and it encourages you ...
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