Love sketching

I was in Vacaville, California when the pandemic began and it was a time, when the big excitement of the day was going for a drive or sitting on the front porch having a glass of wine. I don’t sit still well, so got some pens and started sketching the neighborhood. My oil paints were still in Washington, so could not paint. (Won’t do that again). Here are some of the in house and neighborhood sketches done at that time.

I started with simple sketches around the house.

Beautiful roses in a vase. Probably should have added color. (Oh well)

Drew the house on the corner.

And the house across the street.

Then added color to the house on the corner across the street.

Another house right across the street

And added color

Drew a tree rose in the front garden

Drove back to Bainbridge where I drew my girlfriend’s flower pot. I moved to my little Port Ludlow Cottage and spent the next couple of months trying to organize and move in to the house.

My friend and I were out and about and stopped in Port Gamble in a newly opened wine bar for a glass and a charcuterie plate and I like the house so I took a photo on the way out and drew the house below. I had an extra frame, so I framed the house and dropped by as a gift to the owners.

Once in a while it is just fun to do a nice and unexpected gift!

Love sketching

Commission Artwork

Tara's House

One of friends that sells real estate asked me to do this for home she is selling.  I had such fun doing this today.  It was challenging, as the photo from the MLS was very small, but I think it turned out well.  I used water color pencils to give the orange a little punch.  Let me know if I can do one for you or one of your clients.

http://www.dianakingsley.net

 

Commission Artwork

Quick sketch for your Journal

Quick sketch for your Journal

When I originally drew this I used pen & ink and added a little water color pencil, but to use as an example in my new book coming out, I wanted to show that it can translate very well into black and white with gray scale.

Value Marker is a tool you can use to see all your photos or artwork in black and white or gray scale. It is an Ap you can use on most smart phones or on your Ipad.

Any tool we can add to gain knowledge is helpful. Learning to look for values in your work can make it much better.

In hand drafting it is important to pay attention to details and to line weight. Darker lines bring your eye to them, and lighter/softer lines help something slightly disappear.

In hand drafting, the darker line represents something closer to the front and the light line represents something not as important or further away.

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Line Weight in Hand Drafting

Line Weight in Hand Drafting

One of my good friends asked me to do a section on line weight in hand drafting for the second edition of my book.

When I taught hand drafting to my beginning students, I had a little handout made up in business card size with what I consider to be the best pencil hardness for each part of a drawing.

I share this with you here. You can order my book on Amazon. “Hand Drafting for Interior Design”

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Sketches from Venice

Sketches from Venice

When I traveled to Venice last June with my husband, Michael, there was never really time to sit and sketch. Now that I am retired I find sketching the photos I took to be so relaxing.

These are done with ink pen, soft colored pencils and a black prisma pencil.

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