Sketch Your Home or Studio โ€“ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 until all the objects in the scene are illuminated correctly. They don’t have to be detailed yet – just make sure they are interacting with the light correctly.
  • You may need to do a few passes of tone over the shadows to unify them together.

The materials you will need for this course are:

  • Paper (or a sketchbook)
  • Range of pencils (H, HB, B, 2B) โ€“ ideally a few mechanical pencils as well as regular ones.
  • Kneadable eraser
  • Sharpener or sanding block
  • Tape
  • Drawing 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

Sketch Your Home or Studio โ€“ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 tones – this way you will know what the limit of the darkest tone is before trying to fit lighter tones in.

The materials you will need for this course are:

  • Paper (or a sketchbook)
  • Range of pencils (H, HB, B, 2B) โ€“ ideally a few mechanical pencils as well as regular ones.
  • Kneadable eraser
  • Sharpener or sanding block
  • Tape
  • Drawing 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

Sketch Your Home or Studio โ€“ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

The materials you will need for this course are:

  • Paper (or a sketchbook)
  • Range of pencils (H, HB, B, 2B) โ€“ ideally a few mechanical pencils as well as regular ones.
  • Kneadable eraser
  • Sharpener or sanding block
  • Tape
  • Drawing 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

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

The materials you will need for this course are:

  • Paper (or a sketchbook)
  • Range of pencils (H, HB, B, 2B) โ€“ ideally a few mechanical pencils as well as regular ones.
  • Kneadable eraser
  • Sharpener or sanding block
  • Tape
  • Drawing 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 to make more confident sweeping lines.
  • Begin by lightly laying in all the major edges of walls and floors etc.
  • You can also add in any big pieces of furniture or objects at this stage (keep your shapes simple though – think rectangles and straight lines for now).
  • Pay attention to perspective as well – you don’t need to be too precise but it will help if you’re aware of the effect of perspective on the scene.
  • Once the major walls and objects are in place you can start to lightly place smaller objects (boxes, chairs, screens etc.)
  • Keep to just simple lines though. We don’t want to get too detailed just yet.
  • Once you reach this level of detail you can take a break. We will be adding tones next session before starting to refine smaller areas and add more detail in later sessions.