"Drawing Houses Step by Step" based on a very nice example of a wooden cottage | Elwira Pawlikowska | Skillshare

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"Drawing Houses Step by Step" based on a very nice example of a wooden cottage

teacher avatar Elwira Pawlikowska, Illustrator / Designer at Grim Dream

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (34m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Perspective

    • 3. Construction

    • 4. Details

    • 5. Materials

    • 6. Shading

    • 7. Summary

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Hello everyone!

In this class, an architect, illustrator and concept designer Elwira Pawlikowska will explain you how to draw buildings in 5 approachable steps.

 You will see the whole process of drawing an easy, but hopefully a good-looking cottage. Obviously, the knowledge gained during this class can be used for drawing almost every type of building.

For those who need a little practice in perspective, it should be a nice and not-och-so-boring exercise.


The course is divided into 5 parts covering different issues related to drawing a building:

- Two-point perspective

- Geometrical construction

- Drawing architectural details

- Drawing materials

- Shading

You can treat this course as:

- general introduction to drawing buildings,

- help in developing your existing skills

- or a source of inspiration



This class is mostly dedicated to beginners and intermediate level, but even advanced students should find an inspiration and learn some new tricks.

Let's begin!

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Elwira Pawlikowska

Illustrator / Designer at Grim Dream


Hi there! I'm Elwira - an illustrator and concept designer based in Stockholm. After getting master's degree in Architecture I started GRIM DREAM - a brand focused on hand-drawn illustrations in an old school, vintage style. I cooperate with game companies, book publishers, and musicians.

I find my inspirations in works of Old Masters, fantasy books, heavy, melodic music and long walks in the woods. My favorite themes are related to steampunk, middle ages, and architecture in general.

In 2017 I got silver "A' Design Award" for concept designs of Rampage System.

Here, on Skillshare, I'm sharing my knowledge and experience I gained during my university studies and my professional career related to designing and drawing architectural objects.

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Alveda and I'm an illustrator and concept designer. I specialize in architectural subjects. In this class is with not so catchy title. I will show you how to Joe and Easy, but hopefully a good looking coverage off course. The knowledge gained during this class can be used for joining almost every type of building. So even if you're not necessarily striving after drunk, a small and primitive cottage you might treat these cars is a good starting point. I made countless drawings of various buildings, and wooden cottages are certainly in my top five types off architectural objects. Yes, I don't have a list of my favorite types of architectural objects. If you're not used to during buildings, it's a perfect subject to start because of their plane and very logical construction. For those who need a little practice in perspective, it should also be a nice and not also boring exercise. You can treat this course as general introduction to drawing buildings as help in developing your existing skills or a source of inspiration. This course is divided into five parts, each of them covering a different issue related to drawing a building. I will explain it shows such as Two point perspective, Geometrical construction, drawing on spectral details, drawing materials and trading. Sounds like fun seal next thing. 2. Perspective: to make life easier. My contractual Bischel in a very classic view. If you don't feel super comfortable with creating an unusual but the well functioning composition, the safest option is placing the horizon line about 1/3 off the papers height. The horizon line will be placed on the level off the eyes of a standing person, about 150 centimeters. Obviously, we can't tell on the reach height. The line is placed until we have some point of reference. It will get cleared during throwing the walls for simplifying the calculations. The ones off the house will be free meters height, which means that the horizon line will run right through the middle. I want to show clearly the front wall of the cottage and one off. The two finishing points will be placed on my paper. If someone is confused right now, I can explain quickly what I'm talking about. As being said. The wolves will be perimeters height and the horizon line will be placed at one and the half meter extend. The clients creating two perpendicular walls should meet in their respective vanishing points. The same applies to the two walls that aren't normally visible to determine the placement off this two points. You should probably use your intuition off course. In the beginning. Our intuition can deceive us. If this points are to close, the building cloaks. Strange as if the angle between these two walls was too small. It suggests that the floor is rather room Boyda than the rectangular. After adding a rough, it looks even more strange if the vanishing points are too far from each other. The building looks to flat is if the floor waas room boy idol again. In most cases, at least one vanishing point will be placed somewhere outside our paper unless we are drawing very small houses on a very large paper. If I place one vanishing point very close to the wall, this will be shown in a very clear perspective shortcut. However, the other will will be almost parallel to the horizon because the other vanishing point will be very far away. Nothing wrong with that, but it will cause that we won't see all the interesting details on the shortened world. Getting back to the actual drawing, I decided that one off the vanishing points we replaced on my paper so the other one will be a somewhere outside. To make sure that the walls are said correctly, I will draw the two invisible walls. The check if everything looks as it should, the back wall has the same. Vanishing point is the front one and Anna, logically the left one has the same. Vanishing point is the right one. So far, so good. The bottom and the top of the queue boy look quite like rectangles. Drone in perspective. To draw the roof, we have to better mind where the middle access off the side walls are. It's quite easy. The intersection off diagonals shows where the access should be. I extended the lines on purpose. The rough part should be at least as high as the walls. Okay, From now on, this classes should be more interesting. 3. Construction: in very simple terms. Our cottage consists off the cubes, a Q boat being in fact, a floor walls and the Sea League in the triangular prism, which will be transformed a little bit to serve us as a roof. Obviously, in the case of historical buildings, the roof extends beyond the outline off the walls. It also has some volume, as it's not made off graphene or pancakes. The roof tiles are placed on beings. There are more off them off course, but they can be Joan in a very delicate way. Let's Joe also some supportive horizontal beams. They will be transformed into a lovely details in the next step to fulfill their supportive function. Their height should extend their white. I should also add a chimney. Remember, this line should head into the same vanishing point is the front wall and this line to the same point as the right wall. Let's say that the middle of this part is here. If the chimney is placed symmetrically to the rooftop, we should leave the diagonal line. From this point here, the chimney meets the roof Foundation will be made of stones in a little while, the door And when those can be recessed in the walls again, we am in the first vanishing point and the second vanishing point. We just need some vertical lines as the floor level is a couple off steps above the ground level. We will need some stairs. It's a rectangular stone. Steps were do the trick. The 1st 1 will be a little bit larger than the 2nd 1 Let's say that the construction part is finished and moved to the more pleasant part. 4. Details: Now we can use our imagination to draw some details. Even a simple cottage can have charming and even decorated elements. I'll start with the top and move gradually to the bottom part. These beams can be formed in many lovely ways. The same applies to the support beams Windows toe have friends in old school cottages when those have a quiet, small glass. So I have to add some divisions. Remember that all these elements are made off three dimensional planks, so they cannot be totally flat. Shatters are charming and actually quite practical, so I will draw them as well. This window will be even closed. The door should be set in a door friend. The relief will be made off wooden planks put together in some logical way. If you need to get some inspiration from reference photos, it's absolutely fine. It's actually a good way to lend something with time Freestyling. Quick references is getting easier and easier 5. Materials: my favorite part that she knew would be made of stone, not an ideal Polish stone off course, but an ordinary Fieldstone. I guess that it's time to change this radio construction into a more natural shape. Let's imagine that this roof is already a few years old and began to band on the top. There really be reached times. - I'll add a little buns at triangular roof window so that her mind intersection line between the surface off the roof window and the surface of the main road. We have to find a point where the top edge off the roof window meets the main room here and here we have the intersection line. By the way, if you'd prefer to cover your cottage Chu if touch wooden shingle or planks, it's perfectly fine. I just like the drill. Ceramic girls talking so much remember, off course, the truth tiles are three dimensional objects and shouldn't look like fish scales. There is no need to Joe every single time. The viewer should get an idea of what is under off anyway, and the drawing could not look toe overwhelmingly. - What unlocks will be separated with quite strong straight lines while the texture off the wood can be drawn with delicate organic lines. I think not here, and there can be a nice addition. True drinks here. The same applies to all the other wooden parts, like doors and shutters. Just remember to draw the pattern in the correct direction. - Foundation can be built from stones larger than he's used for the she it seems more stable. 6. Shading: the drawing is almost finished. The last part is being some shading, which will make the building look more alive and three dimensional. Even the smallest protruding elements cast shadows on elements below, like in the case of rough times, I will apply the clearest life direction where the front will suddenly and the sidewall, the right one is in shadows. Off course, the sun could be placed behind the cottage. The building would cast shadows toward the foreground, which would be interesting, but maybe a little bit confusing. For this course. I just make the wood texture stronger. In the shadow parts. - Rough times will be treated. The gent is there, more directed towards the source of light. - The chimney and the roof window should also cast a shadow. - When those can be very dark. I would American the most shadowed parts even more. Now, some elements, like the creative team's hoop up quite nicely. It's not an obligatory way of shading, but I drove diagonal lines. First. They're more intense in the area, close to the corner and gradually more. The roof is casting shadows also on the front. Now it's even more clear that the roof extends beyond the walls outline Bynes in the direction. Off locks can add some extra free dimensional impression. Recesses in the walls will be hatched with diagonal and vertical lines. - I'll just at some environment elements is building suspended in vacuum are and especially convincing. What now? It's time for a super short summary. 7. Summary: now, when you've seen the whole process divided into separate structure parts, drawing buildings should be much more approachable and much less confusing. I hope that you've learned something and found some inspiration for your future joins. Information presented here is quite universal, so you can use pieces of it in many other cases. If you like this class, it would be great if you could review are recommended. By the way, I hope that you like the final result of my explanations, and I'd love to see what she'll come up with in the Project and Resources Section. You can serve me drawings related to this class and get individual feedback, good luck and have fun.