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 🙂

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) – 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: