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Learn to Draw: Interiors

Lesson 5 of 6

Time and Space

 

Learn to Draw: Interiors

Lesson 5 of 6

Time and Space

 

Lesson Info

Time and Space

I'm gonna give you a challenge, interior drawing challenge. I do this with my students a lot. I prompt them to draw something, maybe over a period of time, maybe the same location over a period of time with variations. So the benefit of a challenge is that, you have a prompt like homework, and it can be motivational. The benefit of doing a series of drawings is that you start to understand and kind of embrace an environment, an interior, in terms of how the space feels over time. So I am developing a series currently in my studio, I'm using charcoal, which we explored in this lesson and my studio, I've been in this studio for quite a long time and I have developed just the beginning of a series of charcoal drawings exploring the space. In this one here, this is a two-point perspective, which we've done. It's looking into a corner and it's really sort of creating deep space by having larger, sort of almost like a doorway looking through to an area that's in the distance. In this drawing...

I've pushed some of my light's and dark's with a lot of drama, a lot of light coming through the window. And I've put in some personal objects. If you choose to do a space that is personal to you, it really is almost like a diary in a way. This piece here has my dog Captain in it, and this is a classic one-point perspective, which we explored in the hallway drawing downstairs. A lot of bright light coming through the window, but again some areas in silhouette, including the dog. Playing with texture, playing with direction of the line. In this one here, working with an architectural form that actually blocks the light so one side of the picture's quite bright and the other side is darker. So I really encourage you to choose something. And it should be doable. It shouldn't be like I have to drive four hours to this building, to go to this room everyday to make this drawing. It should be, literally it could be your bathroom, it could be your pantry. And do a series of drawings, maybe do a dozen drawings. Maybe do a drawing a day, or a drawing a week, or whatever it might be. And then post it to our student gallery, and I'll take a look at it and this is what starts to build momentum and motivation. So work in a series, show your work, it might feel a little vulnerable at first to do that, but I guarantee you it will build momentum and it will be fabulous practice for drawing interiors in the future.

Class Description

Join instructor and professional painter, Amy Wynne, as she teaches this introduction to drawing interiors. She’ll show you how to use 1 and 2-point perspective to draw believable spaces.  She will cover creating interesting compositions as well as exploring a connection to place and building atmosphere with textural and tonal rendering.

In this class, Amy will cover:

  • Appreciating Interior Drawings
  • Basic 1PT Perspective: composing a strong image and applying concepts
  • Basic 2PT Perspective: composing a strong image and applying concepts
  • Creating depth and space
  • Understanding tonality and texture
  • Using natural vs artifical light

At the end of this course Amy will prompt you to try a drawing challenge! This series of drawings will help you motivate to draw every day and develop a creative habit - the best way to improve your drawings.

Amy has been teaching painting and drawing for over 20 years at colleges across New England including the Rhode Island School of Design.

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