Pencil portrait of my original design for an unusual luxury home, House #334. Features include classic English vernacular massing and styling accents combined with a light-toned multicolored barrel tile roof similar to those found in southern France. (Note: early versions of this and the floor plans are in my gallery.)[link]
Technique: this is a shaded version of a line drawing submitted a year ago or so. House is blocked out on rough paper, checking perspective lines, roof lines, etc. When satisfied, I put tracing paper over, retrace outlines, lift it off, tape to card stock, and detail it all out. Paper size is 8 and half by 11 inches. All drawing is by hand using imagination only, no computer models or other gimmicks. All materials are light-toned, so shading must be in the middle to light grays, using primarily H and 2H pencils with limited use of HB and 3H. Strategy was to emphasize house and only suggest trees with outlines. Challenges included capturing the mottled sunlight and shadow on the right part of the house behind the oak tree, capturing depth and drawing the eye towards the house with the stone walkway and steps to the front left, and doing a "reverse" for the half-timbering pattern, with a darker color for the stucco background and lighter tone for the half-timbering. Also, suggesting the tile roof without getting too carried away with drawing each individual roof tile. A sketch needs to be finalized when "it says what it needs to say, no more, no less."