Architectural Elements: Windows

April 4, 2012 | Leave your thoughts

Here are a few random thoughts on drawing windows (it is not how to draw perfect perspective since this page contains a very bad example of perspective…unless I am drawing a very curiously angled window!?! )

I have been meaning to do this for a while- but seeing Kate Johnson’s wonderful blog post on painting windows here has prompted me. On the top left corner is my Australian version (double hung federation green window in a Sydney sandstone wall) and the doodles illustrate some things that I have been thinking about lately.

To draw windows convincingly, one needs to consider the relationship between the window and the face of the wall – is it set back a long way (deep reveals) or is it flush or proud of the wall. Also where is the glass in relation to the frame? When you look a a wall from an angle do you see more of the window or more of the reveal?
What is the relationship between horizontal and vertical members.

Happy to answer any questions… as I am sure that my own personal thoughts are probably not all that self explanatory.

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