Sketch Interior Surroundings

In March/April 2022, I took an online sketching class at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, PA. I was looking for an opportunity to get myself back into drawing. My eye problems of summer and fall 2021 into early 2022 had shaken my confidence in my ability to see well enough to do pen and ink drawing, and I thought a regular schedule of sketching would be good to start me moving again.

The class was a lot of fun, the instructor was great, and my goal was met – I did a lot of drawing and I enjoyed myself. I’ll show you what I worked on in a series of posts.
Thanks to my instructor, Zoungy Kligge, and my classmates for a good experience.

In this session of class, our assignment was to sketch interior scenes. In doing so, we make a record of a particular time and place.

Here are the results.


This picture was done during class time. We sketched our immediate surroundings. I was working in my basement studio. You see the freezer, weight bench, and World-of-Tools-in Boxes-on-Shelves. Since this time, I have completed converting this whole area into Environment Claudia, so the tools are in the garage now (the freezer is my friend and has stayed. The weight bench is here on temporary assignment, maybe it stays, maybe it goes). So this is a picture of history, already.

This picture shows a section of our spare bedroom. I added color as I saw fit and what made the picture look nice to me, not what is actually there.

This picture shows one of our upstairs bathrooms. Just the left back section of the room. I added a muted bit of coloring to the picture.

This picture shows an area in our dining room. I had a great time doing this image mostly because of depicting the various pieces of artwork we have in this room – both mine and that of some friends. I believe that if you know our house in real life, you will readily recognize this scene, and I felt great at accomplishing that. Plus, I love making all the little marks used to create shadows or details.

8 thoughts on “Sketch Interior Surroundings

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    These are all wonderful. I like the way you have given only the slightest suggestion of colour in the bathroom illustration. I think that is really effective. And I love the mark-making in the portrait of the dining room and think that is a really successful drawing.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. When I did these I had some “problem” areas and I decided to try some color to see if that corrected things. Oh good, it did help, I was glad.

  2. Leonie Andrews

    Wonderful Claudia. We are just reading Martin Gaysford’s book on David Hockey’s, ‘Spring Cannot be Cancelled ‘. I love Hockney’s work and even in the ipad drawings you can see his simplified colour blocks with overlaid pattern. Your drawing reminds me of these works. I will look forward to seeing more of these drawings.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. It is funny how the color and pen work can interact in ways I did not anticipate, I mostly wanted to correct what I saw as some failings in the pen drawing and the color really did that plus more, I think.

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