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Sketching a House: Step-by-Step

teacher avatar Imran Mughal, Graphic Designer & Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Getting Started: Materials


    • 3.

      Warm Up!


    • 4.

      Construct & Process


    • 5.

      Perspective: Foundations


    • 6.

      Perspective: Roof


    • 7.

      Exercise Sheets


    • 8.

      Foundations & Roofs - Part 1


    • 9.

      Foundations & Roofs - Part 2


    • 10.

      Perspective Single House - Part 1


    • 11.

      Perspective Single House - Part 2


    • 12.

      Perspective Two Houses - Part 1


    • 13.

      Perspective Two Houses - Part 2


    • 14.

      Window Design - Part 1


    • 15.

      Window Design - Part 2


    • 16.

      Window Design - Part 3


    • 17.

      Window Placement Flat Side - Part 1


    • 18.

      Window Placement Flat Side - Part 2


    • 19.

      Window Placement & Perspective - Part 1


    • 20.

      Window Placement & Perspective - Part 2


    • 21.

      Door Design - Part 1


    • 22.

      Door Design - Part 2


    • 23.

      Door Design - Part 3


    • 24.

      Door Placement


    • 25.

      Chimney Design & Placement - Part 1


    • 26.

      Chimney Design & Placement - Part 2


    • 27.

      Brickwork Design


    • 28.

      Stonework & Panels


    • 29.

      Roof Tiles


    • 30.

      Roof Texture


    • 31.

      Full Sketch - Foundations


    • 32.

      Full Sketch - Roof


    • 33.

      Full Sketch - Roof Edge


    • 34.

      Full Sketch - Window Placeholders - Part 1


    • 35.

      Full Sketch - Window Placeholders - Part 2


    • 36.

      Full Sketch - Window Placeholders - Part 3


    • 37.

      Full Sketch - Window Placeholders - Part 4


    • 38.

      Full Sketch - Chimney Design - Part 1


    • 39.

      Full Sketch - Chimney Design - Part 2


    • 40.

      Full Sketch - Chimney Design - Part 3


    • 41.

      Full Sketch - Window Outer Frames - Part 1


    • 42.

      Full Sketch - Window Outer Frames - Part 2


    • 43.

      Full Sketch - Window Outer Frames - Part 3


    • 44.

      Full Sketch - Window Inner Frames - Part 1


    • 45.

      Full Sketch - Window Inner Frames - Part 2


    • 46.

      Full Sketch - Window Inner Frames - Part 3


    • 47.

      Full Sketch - Side Window Frames - Part 1


    • 48.

      Full Sketch - Side Window Frames - Part 2


    • 49.

      Full Sketch - Side Window Frames - Part 3


    • 50.

      Full Sketch - Door Frame


    • 51.

      Full Sketch - Door Step - Part 1


    • 52.

      Full Sketch - Door Step - Part 2


    • 53.

      Full Sketch - Door Step - Part 3


    • 54.

      Full Sketch - Window Shadow - Part 1


    • 55.

      Full Sketch - Window Shadow - Part 2


    • 56.

      Full Sketch - Window Shadow - Part 3


    • 57.

      Full Sketch - Chimney Shadow


    • 58.

      Full Sketch - Door Details


    • 59.

      Full Sketch - Window Details - Part 1


    • 60.

      Full Sketch - Window Details - Part 2


    • 61.

      Full Sketch - Front Brickwork - Part 1


    • 62.

      Full Sketch - Front Brickwork - Part 2


    • 63.

      Full Sketch - Front Brickwork - Part 3


    • 64.

      Full Sketch - Front Brickwork - Part 4


    • 65.

      Full Sketch - Side Stonework - Part 1


    • 66.

      Full Sketch - Side Stonework - Part 2


    • 67.

      Full Sketch - Side Stonework - Part 3


    • 68.

      Full Sketch - Roof Tiles - Part 1


    • 69.

      Full Sketch - Roof Tiles - Part 2


    • 70.

      Full Sketch - Chimney Elements


    • 71.

      Full Sketch - Shading & Details - Part 1


    • 72.

      Full Sketch - Shading & Details - Part 2


    • 73.

      Full Sketch - Shading & Details - Part 3


    • 74.

      Full Sketch - Shading & Details - Part 4


    • 75.

      Full Sketch - Shading & Details - Part 5


    • 76.

      Full Sketch - Shading & Details - Part 6


    • 77.

      Class Project


    • 78.

      Final Thoughts


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About This Class

Always wanted to learn how to sketch a house?  Then start this fabulous step-by-step adventure to sketch a complete house!

In this class, we will practice:

  • House constructs and shape
  • One-point perspective
  • Windows and doors
  • Roofs and chimneys
  • Adding details and shading

On completion of this class, you will be able to apply and practice all the techniques demonstrated in the exercise sheets and full sketch on your own complete house sketch.

This full-length class will give you the structured direction and make the entire process easy for you to be able to design and sketch your very own detailed house!

This class is aimed at beginners with no prior knowledge required at all.

All materials used and demonstrated will be explained and links will be provided in the resource sheet to enable easy access if required.

The 6 exercise sheets (all in one pdf) can be downloaded and printed in either A4 or US letter size – please select the appropriate file.

My name is Imran Mughal, and I’m a graphic designer, illustrator and artist and am totally obsessed with sketching houses! I want to make this process as simple and easy for anyone wanting to sketch a detailed house.

You can get in touch with me on my social media channels and can ask me any question you like on this class.

So sit back, relax, and lets get started!

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Imran Mughal

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I'm Imran - graphic designer & illustrator based in the UK. I have over 10 years experience in the field of graphic design and illustration in both traditional and digital output and absolutely love all things to do with art!

In addition to my full-time graphic designer role, I am also the art wellbeing lead for my organisation where I deliver wellbeing classes and advocate mindful colouring to relax and de-stress - check out my published colouring books for adults.

In addition to my design & illustration life, I am an active father of 3, oh and I'm naturally addicted to coffee! My illustration classes are all about getting back to basics mainly with traditional mediums and escaping away to relax with art!

I love to sketch, draw and illustrate on a daily basis so fo... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Welcome to my class, sketching a house step by step My name's in round on. This classic is for anybody who likes houses on looks to draw houses just like I in this class. We're going to be learning how to draw house using a humble pencil. Yes, that's all. We're going to use a mobile pencil, a couple of small tools for the Let's get started. We will be looking at simple one point perspective in this entire class, so we're not going to do anything complicated. We're going to keep things nice and simple so that you can construct your house. Using one point perspective, we will be looking at the main elements of the house, the main building walls and constructs the roof, the windows, doors, chimneys on. We'll go into these with a lot more detail and come up with some nice fun ideas of how we can construct and design these beautiful house evidence. In this class, you will be provided with six exercise sheets that you can download and print off at your leisure and also work with me systematically throughout the lessons in this class so that your skill level can build up and you can have a bit of fun designing your own elements. I'm really building that knowledge understanding of how to construct your house. Once we've completed all the class exercises, way will be moving on to designing and constructing a complete house from scratch, using all the elements on learning that we've learned in the exercises in the private lessons. After completing this class on doing the exercises on the full sketch, you will be ready to delve straight into designing your own house. And this is what you'll be doing for your class project. I can't wait to see what you come up with. So remember this is a nice, long structured class for all you house enthusiasts like myself to sit back, relax, get yourself a nice hot drink. Get yourself some trees on. Let's get started witness class. 2. Getting Started: Materials: Okay, let's make a start on this nice little class. Okay, So what we need in terms off materials for this shortly old class is a basic pencil sharpener to sharpen your pencil. Obviously, Onda a couple of rulers now, you don't have to have two rules like may If you just got one ruler, that's fine. Items like toe have like a long ruler and a short one on. You'll understand why? Just in a moment on finally, you need some paper to drawer on any surface again, we don't need specific materials or, you know, artist quality materials in this class because that's not what this is class is about. We basically just need whatever you've got lying around in the house, especially at this time off. Kind of like, you know, it's not very great time with this covert virus out there. Corona virus. It's, you know, we're all stuck at home and, you know, some people are not very well. I hope you are well on. Do you know this is just really to get you a little bit creative to get your mind off things and just do it? Nice little exercise, enduring house. So we're not gonna get too technical As I mentioned before, this is just gonna be basics. But we are gonna talk a little bit about perspective because we want to kind of, you know, make it look a little bit correct again with art. I'm sure if you have watched my classes before, I'm always saying that art is a subjective subject on you know, there's no right or wrong way of doing anything, cause it's just purely about expression. So that was it for this first little materials introduction. So just again, we've got the pencil. I'm using a to B pencil, and you can use which of pencil like you like I was like to be, because it's slightly softer and you can get some darker tones. But you just use which ever one you have available HB two B and a pencil lets you have. I've got himself a couple of rulers about myself, a sharp now on. I've got myself some paper. I'm just using a little bit of card. I've got here a little bit more sturdy, used whatever pay, but you're like, so let's move on. So the first main part of the class 3. Warm Up!: Okay. Welcome back. So what we're gonna do now is we're gonna kind of do some short, little rough sketches of what we're gonna be talking about in the later part of this class On what I mean by that is I just want you to get your piece of paper. Whether you're working in a sketch ball. Korans, individual sheets. Just get your paper. You serve this. Get your pencil. I just want you to loosely sketch a couple of these shapes that I'm about to do right now. So the 1st 1 that I want you to do is a square. Now, you don't need to use your ruler for this path. This part is just kind of, you know, to use the memory muscle on the flexibility of year kind of fingers and your drawing tools just to get a bit warmed up. So what I want you to do is I just want you to do a rough square just on the top left. Do you pay? Just like this? Doesn't have to be, you know, very symmetrical or anything. Just a rough square and just keep practicing this. Why'd you going across and what this will do is this will just get you into the habit and the mode off what we're about to do later on. I mean, we're gonna be using rulers at, you know, to make things a lot more accurate. But this is just as a warm up exercise is always good to get warmed up before you do any type of drawing or creative work. And I think this just works out really nice. You know, if you just draw some squiggly wiggly lines or, you know, just draw some shapes and you know, it will just get you ready for the classes just like this. Draw some square scored small squares. Biggest squares. Just do them really rough. They could be completely, you know, off angle. It makes no difference. Were not drawing anything symmetrical, Perfect. They're just warming up. So again, a couple of different variations in sea. I'm doing some longer rectangles here at its widest squares here, and some smaller ones just, you know, just follow this pattern. You don't have to do exactly what I'm doing, but just get these creative fingers warmed up, and that's all we're living. So that's what I want you to do for this first, quickly a lesson. All this class. Just warm yourself up with doing some shapes in terms of squares and rectangles just like this, and just Phillipe Page nicely. And that's about the only spend about, you know, 2030 seconds on that on what that will do is I'll just kind of get you ready for the next one, So let's move on to the next one. 4. Construct & Process: Okay, so now you've had a little bit of a squiggle around with your pencil or you whatever drawing tool using. Just come up with some random squares and rectangles on. Now what we're gonna do is we're gonna actually delve in to the actual drawing part itself . So if you just turn your page around, that's what I'm going to do. Let's not waste any paper waste. It is no good at all on what we're gonna do now is we're gonna start drawing and thinking about how we're going to construct our house. So house is very simple to draw. It's quite, you know, it's basically just drawing squares, rectangles, triangles, different shapes and just putting them together, laying them out. But the order that you draw them in is really important when you're during a house on that can effectively make your house or make the actual process a lot easier. So what do I mean by that? So what I want you to do is I want you to get your ruler, get your drawing two of your pencil on. I just want you to draw a line going across the with off your rulers. Whatever size rule you using? I've got one. That's 15 centimeters. If you've got one that 15 centimeters. Great. If you haven't, then that's not a problem. All I want you today is just draw online, coming across a nice horizontal line about that big. So if you've got if you've got a decent sized ruler, just measure 15 centimeters on, make that go all the way across. Let's met. Let's keep everything the same. So what I've got here is I've got 15 here. I'm just gonna put a little line going down like that. And I've got zero. A little wine going down like that. Now, this is what's gonna act as our perspective. Now, I'm not going to talk too much about the details. You know, the complex one point perspectives and two point perspective and human three point perspective. The only reason I'm talking about perspective in this kind of easy going class is so it gives us a bit of a guide to work towards. So what we've done here is we've just drawn a horizon mind This horizontal line is effectively our horizon lines. So that's all I wanted you to do. Horizon lie on this kind of will guide doors to how we're gonna draw the angles of our house 5. Perspective: Foundations: So we got horizon line here on these little two points that I've done here. These little lines you can just do a little lines. You know, you could just do they all round circle Just draw a little round circles on the corner on again. You don't have to be 15 centimeters. It's a centimeter. That could be You know, they have it as long as you page if you want, But this is just for illustration purposes. This horizon line is effectively gonna be where your vanishing points are gonna be for your house. So this points here on this point here are gonna act as your vanishing points on what vanishing points If you don't already know our I'm spelling that completely around vanishing Shin points already Tonito practice on the spelling eso These are gonna be the points where all the diagonal lines goats and that's gonna make a lot more sense in what we do in the next stage. Now again, if you're using pencil like I am, it's always a good idea to have a razor toe and because you can, you know, basically effectively erase out your marks. And I haven't even got once a hand. So that's not very good at finding, is it, Mr Muggles? So let me just grab hold of a quick little raise that I've got a on. We continue with this. I just got this razor again. You don't need to have anything fancy. I'm just going over about what these labels are on so that you can concentrate on what we've got here. So you've got your little line coming across your horizon line on. What I want you to do is I want you to draw a square on that line. So what we're gonna do now is we're going to draw a nice square on that line. And I want you to do that roughly in the middle off this airline. So this was 15 centimeters. So the midpoint of that would be a what? 7.5. So that's around about mid point on. I want you to do maybe a square that's four centimeters across so my four centimeters is gonna win up to two this way, and then we have another two this way. So that's four centimeters. CSO. We've got four centimeters line going across here now. I want you to do is I want you to switch your ruler to a vertical side. I want you to do four centimeters again. So from that middle point that we did here, I want you to just do two centimeters up two centimeters down. So just keep your rule as vertical as you can on. We're just going to do two centimeters up and then another two down, making it for on. That's gonna be our midsection off our square. Now, you don't have to work it out like this and you know, perfect measurements or anything like that. You can, you know, just a little rough squared again. It's just for illustration purposes, and all I'm gonna do now is do another vertical way. That's parallel to this from that point on, then, from this point, do another vertical line that parallel to the center point so that you have these three lines. You've got these three lines or measured up nicely. There should be four centimeters in height. Onda. We can just square it off a bottom and that you go. You have your lovely little square. So you've got a nice square there in the center off this line of your horizon line now I want you to do is get your rubber raise out that middle line there so that you've just got a square. Now, if you want to, you can shake this in and again. This is just an exercise that we're doing. This isn't going to be our final drawing of our house. These are just gonna be short little exercises to demonstrate to you how to start building your house illustrations. So again, just reinforcing them lines so you can see them a little bit better. And what I'm gonna do is I'm just gonna shade in like the shade in this square so that you can see it. It's, ah, a bit more prominent that you don't need to do this if you don't want what? I'm just doing this for this particular lesson. So we've got National Square in the middle now. That horizon line, if you notice is in the center off that square, so I want you to do now is I want you to think about where this house is. Get what angle this house is gonna be at. Is it gonna be towards the left side of your page or is it gonna be towards the right hand side of your page? Now I'm gonna What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna use the left point here, So I'm going to use this left vanishing point here on from the top corner. What I want you to do is I want you to just draw a line going to that vanishing point. So basically, all you're doing is drawing the line straight line, going to that vanishing point and then from the bottom left inside, I want you to do exactly the same. Draw a line going to that vanishing point, and that's about it. So you can see it gives a slight three D effect, is kind of emerging as a three d object. Now, the next step, what I want you to do is get you, ruler. Just line it up against this edge that you did this vertical line from the end of that square on just pullets across as far as you want. I would say about up to here and just do another line from the top on the bottom line that you just do so or we do It is a vertical line that starts from the top diagonal that we did to the bottom Death and Dagnall. But you did, and it doesn't have to be in this exact position. I mean, you can measure it if you want. This is Ah, two centimeters. So just from two centimeters draw a line that's just vertical, and that's about it. So you can see now that this is finally emerging now as a cube. So we've got this left panel left side of that cube and then we've got the main face of the cube. You can't see the top, you can't see the bottom. That's because the vanishing point is on the left on the horizon. Land is right in the middle. And that's what I want you to kind of think about when we're doing this. Classically wants a really effective you can. You don't need to do a vanishing point and a horizon line. You can just, you know, roughly draw out of square in this effect. But if you're gonna once we start drawing in the elements, it usually works out quite nice. If everything is lined up properly on, you know, symmetrical and parallel. It will just give it that little elements off realism. And that's what that's what it's really about. Just adding a little bit of realism to our work, so it looks a little bit nice. So what we've drawn here now is a little cube with two sides on this main site here is gonna be the front off the house that we draw again. You can have the front of your house on this angle, and this could just be aside. But what I'm gonna do is step by step. I'm just gonna give you these instructions that you can copy and follow on. Then at the end, Once we've done all these exercises that we're gonna go through in this class, you can produce your own beautiful illustration off your very first illustrated house by using this classic methods. So let's just continue again. I'm just gonna just slightly shape this sent to make it a little bit more prominent. Andi, just add in a couple of lines here that follow the direction off the vanishing point so you can see quite easily. We've come up with an ice three d tube. So let's move on to the next one 6. Perspective: Roof: Okay, welcome back. So we've basically constructed the foundation off our little house that we're doing a illustration off in this exercise. The next stage now is to add one of the main elements that most houses, if not all houses have, is the roof. So we talked about perspective a little bit about perspective horizon line on the vanishing point that we're going to use. Now let's add in our roof. Now what I want you to do is I want you to just take the paper, just drop it down a little bit on that, get you ruler outs and measure that midpoint off the top part of that house edge. So it was two centimeters. We already had a little line here. I just want you to re emphasize that little point there. So just do a little mark where it's two centimeters. We got Susan's Amazing. On the left, we got two centimeters on the right. Well, I'll do is I'll zoom in a little bit, so it's a little bit easier for you to see. That's a lot better. And so we've got this little midpoint here. So what effectively that's gonna be is is a guide for the middle part Off the roof, effectively, the pointy part off our roof on usually the pointy part off all roofs on houses is usually a triangular form. It could be a trip easy, um, style house. And we're gonna you know, it's true piecing style roof. We're gonna look into different roof styles on the next coming lessons. But for now, I just want to do a quick little construct off a roof. So with your ruler, from that point, all I want you to do is go up about 2.5 centimeters vertically. So just put your ruler against there and just put on the old dot whether zero with. So you've got 2.5 centimeters emerging from a both this point over here. So we've got little point now. It's really easy to add in a roof. All you got to do now is use that point that that midpoint get your ruler and just draw a line to the top corner off that square that you did on slightly extend it over the corner here like I've done. You can see I've got slight extension on what that will do is add a little bit more interest to the roof rather than just having it like a triangle on top of a square. So from the other side, we're gonna do exactly the same. Put your pencil where that midpoint is on the top, take. It's a top corner off the actual front part of that square. And then just bring that lying down and just bring it as as down as you bought this life. So we've just got this kind of just square it off here. As you can see that it's pretty much spot on this. You've got that drop corner coming from each side, and it's pretty much the same Now what we're gonna do now is we're gonna use that same vanishing point again and you can see I didn't raise it out completely. I've still got it there. So you'll just reemphasize that vanishing point on the horizon line on. We're gonna bring in and do exactly what we did before. So it's just zoom out slightly seat concealers. So we're gonna bring our pencil Wayne from the top point on the roof and we're gonna bring our ruler. It's that line. It's up to that vanishing point as we did with the Cube with this square. So I just want you to draw in a straight line. Went all the way, so that little point now you can see it's already added a new immediate impact. On that shape, it's already looking like a house. So all we need to do now is take our ruler on line. That ruler of or what you can actually do is where we dropped the end of that roof lie. You can take your rule from the end of that roof line from the edge and take that to the vanishing point as well. So we can actually make this a little bit more accurate on with the other one on this side and do the same. But don't don't draw it all the way across, because we don't really need to do that. This is effectively behind the square. All I want you to do is just line it up to that vanishing point and just cut it. Draw it. One what? I mean, backcourt, is that Just cut the line here. So you've got this little line there and you can see that it's going all the way towards the vanishing point. So now what we're gonna do is finish off the corner off the roof on just line up our ruler with the length of the actual roof there on which is gonna drag this across. That's about the corner off that left hand side of the cube over here. So what we do You mean is we just lining? It's OK and keeping it to similar angle. I mean, you know, even if you hadn't slipped slightly while you're doing this and you've gone and done an angle that I wouldn't worry about it too much, there is a more accurate way of doing this. What you can do is measure exactly how much you want. And then there is a formula to calculate. You know what you want, but I don't really want to go inside the technicalities of me. I just want this custody quick. And rather than getting bogged down with, you know, everything being perfect. So again, it's just a quick cluster sketch house and that's all it is. So I'm going to start against also you, so I don't kind of lose you on this point. So all I'm gonna do is I'm just gonna line that up. So step point line. It's up to the angle there, and then we're just gonna go this way and keep it straight. And you can up until you reach this point here and then once you've got that point that I just want you to join the top line that you did that top diagnosed with the bottom diagonal , going to the vanishing point and just line it up on drawer in your life and you can see we've got that side part angle off the roof. So all we need to do now is get your razor for about them lines that we don't need a going to the vanishing point. And we are pretty much built. And you can also over about this line and conceive this line over here. That's above three actual drop end of that roof. If you rub that out, just erase that's out and then with your ruler, just reinforce them lines and just make them a bit more prominent. You'll be able to see now that we've got a lovely little slant roof left hand side off this house. There we go, Just close it up. Over here, on ther