Hi guys! Today I have something little different to share ^^ I've been drawing a lot of nature environments, but now I really want to draw some architecture and various decorated rooms, as those are really handy for story telling. I'm having a hard time painting those from mind and even with a whole bunch of references I often feel art block. Hence, photo studies, unlike my previous extra detailed photo studies, now my goal is quantity over details.
I want quantity because I need to practice quick perspective as well as drawing various items that make rooms interesting. There are a few things that always come to my mind when imagining a living room- a sofa, coffee table and maybe a cupboard/drawer. However, that's too generic for my liking, but I feel overwhelmed making too many decisions. These studies have already helped me relax a bit into room painting and I'll probably do some more.
I used a flat pencil tool, since the results are more crisp even though the sketches are quite rough.
I believe each of these took me an average of 15 min. I try to be quick, but I don't quit a painting if I feel that it's not done.
The most important part of doing studies is finding good references- the lighting, composition, hues and details. I do take a little too long looking for references sometimes, but I usually do it late at night when I'm too tired to do anything else anyways. I'm also trying to organize my PC images, but it's kind of futile...
The very first drawing and the image above are my favorites from the whole set. I'll definitely try more studies like this one. I probably wouldn't be able to draw something like this from imagination, but I hope to be able to make fancy compositions using various references (but not copying).
I start with the background and base colors. I used colorpicking this time as I don't need to practice colors right now. I find most of my references on pinterest, since it recommends lots of similar amazing images.
I didn't stick to the references perfectly, but rather adjusted the scenes to fit my canvas. It's surprisingly fun and it forced me to pay more attention to each drawing instead of mindlessly copying things. Last but not least, I try to remember to add all shadows, since shadows really make images not look flat.
I'm not exactly sure what style this is, Victorian, classical antique, Edwardian, 1900s, a mix?
I'll try to do a pixelart tutorial tomorrow to inspire more contest entries :)
Thank you for checking out my post <3 ^_^