Concept Design: Drawing Meaningful Interiors That Tell a Story

Michelle Tabares, Cartoonist, Illustrator and Traveller

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12 Videos (47m)
    • Introduction

    • Considering the Space

    • Room Mapping

    • Sketching the Room

    • Blocking in Shapes

    • Architectural Details

    • Adding Functional Objects

    • Personalizing the Space

    • Inking

    • Adding Color, Shading and Highlights

    • Assignment

    • Closing Thoughts


About This Class

When it comes to any visual storytelling medium, having lush and emotive backgrounds and interiors for your characters to inhabit can add new life and dimension to your story. A well conceptualized, drafted and executed interior space can serve all kinds of vital storytelling functions; from establishing key settings, painting a fuller picture about the character or characters that use the space and helping to assert story critical themes, messages and moods.

This is a tutorial style class, where I'll walk you through the creation of an original interior space from beginning to end. In this class, we will start by considering the space and asking ourselves five key questions - the answers to these questions will be used throughout the creation of our interior space.

This class is specially for cartoonists, illustrators and animators that want to get a better handle on creating thoughtful interiors that help enrich their stories.

All music in this lesson is courtesy of DJ Quads:

12 of 12 students recommendSee All

A fun video to watch and learn from, my only complaint would be that she could have sped up her workflow by actually using perspective instead of having to redo her drawing so many times.
Samantha Griggs

Sarcasm is my weapon of choice

This is great. I've always been sort of blocked about drawing backgrounds. I like drawing characters, but now I have a lot of characters floating in space. :) I liked the lectures. The sound changes in volume a lot between sessions, but otherwise great. I like how this class did not get bogged down in technical details of using particular bits of software, however, I did wish there was an optional section showing how you colored the room - I think that is photoshop you are using, not sure. Thank you1





Michelle Tabares

Cartoonist, Illustrator and Traveller