Quick sketches around the house

Working from standing and sitting positions the brief for this exercise was to make quick sketches of an interior space that you knew well and to draw and paint it as it is.

The aim was to identify an area that could be used to explore perspective and the illusion of space in the following exercise, ‘Simple perspective in interior studies’.

For this exercise I worked on a series of sketches of our living room and my sketches and notes are shown below:

View of the living room looking through the front window. This does have a sense of depth with the receding lines of the bookcase, sofa and side table.

Sofa in front of living room window

Sofa in front of living room window

Portrait format of same area to focus more on the bookcase. Again, there is a sense of space but I would need to work on perspective.

Sketch of bookcase in corner of living room

Sketch of bookcase in corner of living room

The small sofa in the alcove – a sense of depth is created by the receding lines of the wall and the sofa.

Sketch of small sofa in alcove

Sketch of small sofa in alcove

Close-up of alcove. Less of interest here though the illusion of space is created by the lines of the wall, arms of the sofa and the sofa cushions.

Portrait sketch of alcove with sofa

Portrait sketch of alcove with sofa

The media unit opposite the alcove and sofa. The sense of space is conveyed by the receding lines of the unit though there is less spatial interest from this viewpoint.

Sketch of media unit

Sketch of media unit

Armchair and sidetable opposite the living room window. There is more of a sense of depth here from the furniture and the door through to the dining area and kitchen. In the sketch the angle of door is too acute and would need to be corrected.

Landscape format sketch of armchair

Landscape format sketch of armchair

Cropped-in, portrait version of the same area. I feel that this the strongest of the sketches as it gives more of a sense of depth and space. In developing this for the interiors exercise I will include more of the room beyond as it looks onto the garden and that will allow me to convey a greater sense of space.

Portrait format sketch of armchair

Portrait format sketch of armchair

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