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 🙂

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 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:

http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/P1090476-scaled.jpg

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 🙂

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 time looking for highlights on reflective surfaces (like the chair and metal tubes on the table). These were picked out with the kneadable eraser.
  • Also make sure that any details match the approximate perspective in the scene (like the floorboards in my drawing for instance).

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:

http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/P1090476-scaled.jpg

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 🙂

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 way you won’t get too lost in individual sections of detail.
  • It’s important that you stick to the general statement of tonal relationships established in the previous stage.

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:

http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/P1090476-scaled.jpg