Yesterday afternoon I taught a sketching workshop for the team at Alexander and Co – an interior design firm in Bondi Junction.
I had met one of the staff in a local cafe a number of months ago because she noticed I was using a fountain pen. And it turns out that it’s company policy to use fountain pens. So you can imagine how amazing it was for me to see everyone with a Lamy pen.
But seriously, as cool as the fountain usage is, I was more excited to understand more fully how important hand drawing is to their practice. Here is a link to a video on Instagram where the Principal discusses this theme.
During the first half of the workshop we went through the Three Ways of Seeing from my Foundations course…
As for what I was teaching in regard to sketching interiors…
These images show you some of the main ideas.
This workshop made me realise a few things:
- Apart from cafe views, I don’t sketch many interiors. I should change that.
- I have a few concepts for sketching interiors that I haven’t fully developed. So I’m now really keen to work on them more
- Chairs are hard to draw. 🙂
- There is a big difference between sketching from observation and design drawing. These designers need to be able to draw possible furniture in an imagined space, and this is in fact much harder than drawing what exists in front of you.
Ah! It was so great to be teaching people from the architecture/interior industry again and to be reminded of some drawing themes that I was exploring in the final months/years of working as an architect 10 years ago. Thanks to the gang at Alexander & Co for such an amazing session yesterday!