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Drawing and Painting Interiors 3 – Simple Perspective in Interior Studies

3 - Finished Painting

Simple Perspective in Interior Studies – Finished Painting

Depicting perspective was always a task in which I had succeeded in my drawing course but not so much when it came to this exercise. I was sat at my table going through the drawings from the last exercise when I noticed there was a part of the living room which I hadn’t drawn and it was probably the best part of the apartment to paint for this exercise. The window to the Juliette balcony flanked by the bedroom and the bathroom door.

Materials used:

  • Acrylic paint, Primary Blue, White and Ivory Black
  • Paper, Canson Huile-Acrylic 24 x 33 cm
  • Brushes Small flat, Medium Flat, Medium Round and Detail

As the brief for the exercise said I started off drawing the lines with a detail brush in a watered down mix of primary blue. At this stage everything seemed perfect.

1 - Drawing in Paint

1 – Drawing in Paint

From there I went on to use washes in various strengths of primary blue to further define the positive and negative shapes. The painting was simple and at this stage everything looked perfectly in proportion.

2 - Using Washes to Describe Shapes

2 – Using Washes to Describe Shapes

I wanted this to be a painting with a limited palette so I could keep it simple and because I wanted to keep thinks simple when I came to painting the detail I opened the bathroom door so I wouldn’t have to mess about painting the molded panels in the door.

I painted the walls blue and because of this I painted over the chair with a dark wash in a smaller brush leaving the blue to show through which not only made it look like the chair was reflecting the blue of the walls but it helped give it a wooden grainy feel. I then painted the door frames door and curtains in a grey mix adding detail in black.

3 - Finished Painting

3 – Finished Painting

Thoughts on the final painting

In the finished painting the perspective looks fine but the chair does look somewhat out of proportion, I’m not sure why because when I drew it in paint everything looks spot on. Because of this the doors look shorter than what they actually are, or at least the door on the leftto the bedroom.

Drawing and Painting Interiors 2 – Quick Sketches Around the House

Look around an interior space that you know well and spend time in – your kitchen, study, shed, greenhouse or garage would be all good subjects. You’re not looking for interesting objects to arrange as you did for the still life exercises, you’re finding an area to draw and paint as it is. Don’t spend more than an hour on this exercise.

Because my apartment is basically only two rooms with  not many interesting angles to draw I did this exercise in two parts. The first part was in the work place where I wasn’t looking to make sketches to develop but simply practise sketching with pen and watercolour in my new Folio A5 mixed media sketchbook (which I found a lot nicer than Moleskine)and to develop my interior drawing skils. I made three of these sketches that took about 25-30 minutes each, two at the ECC language centre where I work in the evenings and 1 at school where I chose to draw the teacher as well as she refused to move.

The ECC perspective on the ecc sketches were perfect but the perspective on the school office drawing was well out, the wlls were quite plain in colour but I tried to depict the perspective by the pen line along the wall, unfortunately I got that wrong and it couldn’t be edited.

1 - Pen and Watercolour Sketch at ECC

1 – Pen and Watercolour Sketch at ECC

2 - Pen and watercolour Sketch at School

2 – Pen and watercolour Sketch at School

3 - Pen and Watercolour Sketch of ECC Corridor

3 – Pen and Watercolour Sketch of ECC Corridor

The second part of this exercise I did at home in my apartment starting in  the bedroom drawing the door to the balcony from the bed. On this first drawing I made my usual mistake of making the drawing too large and therefore only drawing a fraction of what i could see.

 

4 - 1st Pencil Sketch in my Apartment

4 – 1st Pencil Sketch in my Apartment

5 - 1st Pencil Sketch Notes

5 – 1st Pencil Sketch Notes

6 - 2nd Pencil Sketch in my Apartment - Notes

6 – 2nd Pencil Sketch in my Apartment – Notes

The second drawing was much better and I quite would have been  good sketch to be developed, unfortunately painting in the bedroom would be very messy as there isn’t enough room to swing a cat.

6 - 2nd Pencil Sketch in my Apartment

6 – 2nd Pencil Sketch in my Apartment

From there I went on to draw part of my living room, this I drew from a laying a seated position on my sofa which is where I usually view all my apartment from. The perspective was ok to say it was quite a quick drawing but I didn’t really fancy painting as it would have been a bit too technical for me at this stage with all the molded doors.

7 - 3rd Pencil Sketch in my Apartment

7 – 3rd Pencil Sketch in my Apartment

8 - 3rd Pencil Sketch in my Apartment - Notes

8 – 3rd Pencil Sketch in my Apartment – Notes

9 - 4th Pencil Sketch in my Apartment

9 – 4th Pencil Sketch in my Apartment

The next sketch was of just part of the apartment, the bathroom door, the perspective was well out but it at this stage I thought it was the best sketch to develop into a painting for the nest exercise.

10 - 4th Pencil Sketch Notes

10 – 4th Pencil Sketch Notes

11 - 5th Sketch

11 – 5th Sketch

The last sketch was of the corner of my apartment with the fan this would make a great painting later on but at this stage again too technical.