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Interior Drawing Desk

So enjoying my summer teaching schedule which gives me time to practice my hand drawing skills.  I am challenging myself to add more pattern, texture and contrasting values to these new drawings.  Above is a final drawing that I just finished. I am reminded how important it is to have an actual fabric sample to use as an example because when I first started to add a pattern I was stuck without having an actual pattern to look at.

Before I work on the final drawing, I will start with a quick sketch done in pencil in the sketchbook.  In this drawing, I was working on the composition, the desk size and shape, along with what items would be going on the floor.

I started the final drawing on hot press drawing paper which has a smooth finish, perfect for markers. This drawing is just the outlines of the objects.  Looking at it now, I wish I would have added a lap top on the desk instead of the book.


  1. Lisa Tatum says:

    Nice work, hope your having a great summer!

  2. Lydia Matthews says:

    I like that you are a continuous student and you teach your students to do the same as well. Strengthening one’s hand is important and it builds this confidence in you that you can accomplish what you thought was impossible.

    • drawinghand says:

      You know, it helps me to think of myself as a student, this way I am always learning and the image is not going to be perfect. I allow myself to explore and check out new things as a student.

  3. Addisiaia Reynolds says:

    This is remarkable, I mean it has so much detail. I hope to be able to capture this visual affect as a craft of my own. This drawing is pure example of how the eye will allow you to see texture but not actually feel it. Which makes this drawing is very simulated. Great drawing

    • drawinghand says:

      Thank you! It would be great for you to work on your drawing skills to reach your goal. Remember, I started at the very beginning and have worked my way to this point in the last 7 years.

  4. Addisiaia Reynolds says:

    You welcome I really enjoy your teachings…

  5. Franchesca Williams says:

    Hi Professor,
    I really like the detail in this drawing. I love the different textures you chose to incorporate because it does not feel like too much. Also I love the idea of looking at an existing pattern for inspiration and also to have something to look at while drawing in your details.

  6. I really like the idea of using a patterned fabric to look at while you are drawing it and I also feel that your drawing shows great detail and found the textures to not be too much. I also liked the way you exhibited how you came to your final drawing allowing me to see the steps that you took and providing me with insight for when I may draw something similar.

  7. I really like this drawing because of the amount of detail because it does not appear to be too much detail. I like your idea of using a physical fabric sample to follow when drawing that type of texture. I really liked how you broke down the steps you took to come to a final drawing.

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    • drawinghand says:

      I appreciate your feedback and glad you enjoyed the post. I have been teaching hand drawing skills for 8 years now. I really enjoy finding techniques to provide students ways to be successful.
      take care – Stephanie

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  12. pennynewell says:

    Each point in this process feels like an ‘end point’. I suppose that must be why you intuitively knew to capture and keep each stage.

  13. Samantha C says:

    Prof. Stephanie,
    I think that this drawing looks interesting and I cant wait to learn how to do this. The only thing is when you said marker it kind of scares me because that means NO room for mistakes. Not that I would want to make a mistake but we all know things happen.
    Samantha C.

  14. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Awesome hand drawing Professor. Will we be learning this next semester ?

  15. Heather says:

    I like how you pointed out that you should work texture into a drawing based on an actual sample of the material. Seems simple enough but I imagine it helps tremendously.

    • drawinghand says:

      Hello Heather,
      Yes, I am always looking at a sample when I draw texture. I am also looking at images of the items that I am drawing too. This is very important for me to get the proportions close. Prof. Stephanie

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