Posts Tagged ‘row houses’

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

Drawing – Log Cabins

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Drawing Log Cabins and wood houses

So, most of the time my drawings are pretty clean and they aren’t textured.  However I found a few photos on the web of wooden houses that looked like they were from Norway or one of the Scandinavian countries. I fell in love with the look so I had a shot at sketching them. I left the windows unshaded but everywhere that there are planks of wood, I drew lines.

The plus here is that old wooden houses tend to be a bit warped and uneven so that’s the effect I’ve achieved here – an old rickety style wooden house. Basically the shapes are simple – particularly those below – but the texture really sets them apart from my standard drawing style.

It’s good to mix things up a bit. Until you try a style you won’t know if you like it and if it’s something you want to include in your skill set.

I’m thinking that these might be cute rendered as sketches in Photoshop too – there’s a skill involved in creating pattern fills that are organic like this so they look hand drawn. But, for now, here are some wooden houses for you to enjoy and, perhaps draw yourself too.


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Friday, December 5th, 2014

Drawing – Hill Houses

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Doodling hill houses

Just one tiny, fanciful step beyond drawing row houses is stacking the houses up a hill. Drawing hill houses gives your doodles more dimension and opens up wonderful opportunities to add ladders and steps and antennae and lights. Stick to your basic house shape and add a few similar designs – keeping the overall style homogenous.

I love to add lights and ladders – it doesn’t matter that there are no doors to join them to – this is doodling at its most fun.



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Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Drawing row houses in an industrial setting

power lines Drawing row houses in an industrial setting


My love affair with drawing row houses

I love to draw row houses – I think it harks back to my love of Australian terrace houses and those that you find in the UK too.

Here I’ve combined row houses with electricity pylons. We used to drive by really big pylons when we were kids and en route to our holiday destination and I really love their size and majesty. I shot a lot of them too in the UK on a canal boat trip – they started to appear as we got closer into London.

So here is yet another image in my row house series. Houses and pylon – rendered in ink using Sakura Pigma markers.

 Helen Bradley

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Thursday, May 30th, 2013

How to draw cute beach houses – step by step

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Only occasionally do I use a ruler when drawing but sometimes the job calls for it. Here we’re drawing a set of beach houses – they are tall and very narrow. Any line which is not parallel to the others will show up clearly and not in a good way. To avoid things looking really out of square I start out by drawing a very simple grid – just enough lines ruled and spaced out to give me a guide as to where to place things. I mark out the edges and then the midpoint for the roofs. I also mark a horizontal line for the roofs, I might not be sure what part of the roof will line up to this but having a horizontal line there will ensure that I can line everything up nicely.

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Having done that I draw the basic shapes in pencil. Here we are doing three identical bathing boxes, tall and narrow. Pencil in the general shapes of all three then add the details. You will generally find it easiest to do it this way so you focus on doing the same thing three times – such as the roof lines and then the next thing and so on. At this point I seldom erase problems I just draw in the correct line over the incorrect one and make a mental note about the adjustment for later on.

Once the entire thing is penciled in I check it to make sure it looks OK. I make a mental note of any special adjustments that I need to make at ink stage. Then it’s over to the ink – just draw over the top with a fine black permanent marker – if desired you can use colors but I always use permanent ink – I find a .01 or .005 is a good choice although your mileage may differ. The plus about having a penciled grid is that it ensures the long lines and the roof angles are all the same. If you draw over the lines in ink without using the ruler you’ll get a pleasing and unstructured hand drawn look – it won’t look like there was a ruler used but believe me if I had drawn it all by hand it would have looked horribly ‘out’.

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Once you’re done inking, leave it alone to dry! If you can do so, leave it for up to a day. If not, leave it for as long as you can – you want the ink to dry really really well. Then take a white or kneadable eraser and gently erase the lines. Go slow and hold the paper firmly and erase with a light hand so you don’t bend the paper.

If you want two versions of the design, one ink and one in color you can now trace the image and redraw it a second way.

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Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

How to draw houses – step by step

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Learn how to draw one house or a row of them, step by step

I love drawing houses but it took a fair bit of research and sketching until I found my style and then, I sometimes need to shake it up so I don’t repeat the basic shapes over and over.

If you’re starting out, as with anything worth learning, you will want to practice  until you find what you like to draw and find the styles that you like to use.

Here is a way to have fun drawing houses. It is a step by step approach and it starts with a line for the ground and some boxes on top. Use a nice soft pencil so it erases away at the end and press lightly. I like to use a 2B propelling pen – it’s hard to get leads for but it is awesome and never needs sharpening! I seldom erase anything but sometimes I have to draw over the lines a few time to get them right.

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Once the boxes are drawn I start drawing in the roof lines, windows and some other small details. You will want to have a few different shapes so experiment with them. Again, it is seldom necessary to erase lines and instead just draw those you want to use.

When that is done, start inking in the details. If I made a mistake in the pencil lines I’ll often correct these as I ink the shapes and not even redraw the line in pencil. I have a damaged .005 black pen which I use a lot and sometimes a .02 but seldom anything any wider. I use Sakura Pigma Micron markers and I really like them.

Finally, I thicken up the lines, in particular in the places where the lines join – I use a .005 for that.  Then I finish off with a Prismacolor marker in Cool Grey for the roofs and small details. If I scan the art then I remove the fill color by erasing it in Photoshop and then I color it digitally.



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