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 🙂

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) – 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: