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: