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 🙂

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:

  • 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.