Chair Drawing Process Pilot

Learning from Chair Drawing

Chair drawing can seem intimidating and complicated, specifically in the world of amateur artistry. The crafting of a realistic, creative, or stylistic chairs through either pencils or charcoal is not as difficult as it might seem. Several steps can be taken to make drawing a chair easier, but the work still comes down to the amount of time and practice an artist or aficionado is willing to spend on the technique. Finding a good reference image, accounting for negative space, and following the projected lines of an object can all lead to a better overall chair drawing.

Finding a Good Reference Image
Even the most experienced artists spend time with an item or image while they draw it. Many artists you see in galleries use an image such as a chair, jar, or other physical item in order to portray its shape and texture on paper. Finding a good chair to draw, whether it is an actual chair or a reference image, is the best way to start your journey to the perfect chair drawing. Using this image as a launching point is a great idea, but so is simply drawing the object as you see it. Learning how lines work in an object can help you later on to draw more complicated figures such as the human form.

Negative Space
Accounting for negative space is something many beginners, and even experienced artists and drafters tend to do. Negative space is simply empty space within and around an object. Remember that, although the chair is what you are drawing, you must be aware of what space the chair is not occupying. That empty space between the legs, that must exist for the object to look as it does. Without the empty space, that negative space, the chair would look like a blob more than it would look like a four legged chair.

The Importance of Line
There are only a few elements that make up an image, and these include line, color, and form. Line is one of the most important elements when drawing an object such as a chair, and can be used to render an image close to that of the original. For instance, a chair in front of you has a line on its cushion, a line that shows where it ends and negative space begins. Draw this line not as it seems, not as you think it, but as it is. It most likely recedes into another line, so display that to the best of your ability.

Draw the lines that make up the chair, account for negative space, and use a good image.