DIY Home Portrait with Grace Anne Studio.

DIY Home Portrait

I’ve got a soft spot for architectural drawings. Probably because that’s my long lost love- AKA my college degree! So when I was asked to do a home portrait for a house warming gift, I jumped at the chance.  Using a couple of “pro tips” and a little creative license, this project could easily be a DIY!

Grace Anne Studio

For this project you’ll need:

  • Photo of the home you’d like to draw
  • Cardstock paper
  • Light pad
  • Tombow MONO pencil
  • Tombow MONO eraser
  • Tombow MONO drawing pens – 01, 03, and 05
  • Ruler

Pencil it

To start, use your light pad to fill in the basic shapes for landscaping and the house structure. Don’t worry about too much detail at this point. You just want to lightly sketch the main elements here. 

Pro tip #1 

Use a light pad to pencil in the basic shapes landscaping forms and house structure. You’ll automatically have the right proportions and be able to spend your energy on dressing it up!

Ink it

Pro tip #2

Start inking in the front and work your way back to avoid unwanted lines.

Next, using your 03 Tombow MONO drawing pen, draw in the landscaping, starting in the front and working your way back. I like to start with the 03 because it’s a medium thickness and sets a good baseline for the project. Later, you’ll use the 01 to add in delicate details or add shading at a distance for a more realistic perspective and the 05 to add weight to the structure and really make those spaces stand out. 

Once the landscaping is inked, you can move on to the basic house structure. Remember, we’re still using the 03 for our baseline thickness. Using your ruler and 03 pen, trace the house’s main elements. You can also add a little shadow as needed to define the structure. I like to use line shading or cross hatch when I’m working with technical pens, as you’ll see here. 

This is where a little creative license comes in also. Little things like the bricks and landscaping get too cluttered if you try to copy it exactly. It just doesn’t translate well with this type of drawing. Using your creative license, which basically means it’s a drawing and you can draw what you want, strip it down to just the most important elements and use detailing to give an impression of the rest.

Detail it

Pro tip #3

The drawing does not have to be an exact replica of the house. Use your creative license to strip the house down to its main elements and add an impression of the rest with detailing. 

Using the 01 Tombow MONO drawing pen, add shadows, brick detail, and other minor details that give the house its character. 

Finally using the 05 Tombow MONO drawing pen, add in some heavier shadows and the house number to really make the house a home! As always if you try this out, I’d LOVE to see it! Tag me on Instagram @graceannestudio.

Until next time, keep it creative!


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