From Sketch-model to Sketch-visual in 10 seconds

Sketch-visuals are essentially what we create as a result of making a sketch-model, they ultimately inspire our interior design projects. Sketch-visuals are designed by taking photos of our existing sketch-models, printing off these photos and further collaging on top of them, this way we get a real sense as to the purpose of the interior space and how people would accommodate it, creating a sketch-visual may further inspire us more as to how the space could be used to its full advantage.

(Fig.1) A great example of a sketch-visual for a gallery plan. An image of an art gallery will have been printed and hen furthermore built on-top of or traced over to add colour, lighting, decorations and people. See here how the people have been stylized by the designer.
(Fig.2) A sketch visual of a reception waiting room. This sketch looks to have been traced, and then further more elements such as colour, furniture and a person have been implemented. See how the person adds scale to the height of the desk and room.

Interior elements such as lighting, people, furniture, walls and textures should be considered when producing a sketch visual, all very important aspects of an interior space. Another way to add to a sketch-visual is to also trace over the printed image and just highlight the main shapes and further add more fundamental components to highlight the schedule of accommodation i.e. desks, chairs, lighting, walls.

Why are people so important in sketch visuals? Adding figures within sketch-visuals creates a sense of scale inside the space, they create an atmosphere and represent the function of the space. It is important to illustrate ‘stylized’ people in our visuals as opposed to simple stick men. as these tend to look quite child like.

(Fig.3) These stylized people can be sketched in just a number of strokes with a pen and are really quick to do. See how simple but effective they are, by keeping the right scale and proportion when drawing this people this makes them appear quite realistic.

Self Directed work

After learning about the importance of sketch-visuals and how they give an overall final feel as to what a space will look like and how it will be used, it was now my turn to have a go at implementing all of these elements into my work. Firstly it was required that i learnt to draw one person in a series of seven drawing styles, this way i would know which sort of stylized people to incorporate within my future work. Secondly, i had to print four photos of different interiors including: A bar, an art gallery, a retail shop, and a hotel reception. For all of these i had to create sketch visuals, tracing over the images and adding texture by using a range of different mediums to go over the image, and also add scale by implementing appropriate stylized figures. The sketch-visual could be built up by using materials i.e. Newspaper, tissue paper, photos, etc.


Inspirational artist: Poy

Poy is a Thai photographer with a very unique style, Poy incorporates miniature people into everyday life which changes the sense of scale to the things we see. Poy was inspired by the Japanese animation ‘Arrietty’ by Studio Ghibli, a story by where miniature people lived with humans everyday, however the humans weren’t aware. An interesting film to watch to see the effect of placing small people in a human sized environment against normal sized objects is The Borrowers,  a family film about a secret family of four-inch people living inside the walls of a house must save their home from an evil real estate developer. Other artists whom also incorporate this technique of using small figurines and creating miniature worlds to manipulate the scale of everyday objects are highlighted in 6 talented artists creating magnificent miniature worlds. Photographer and architect William Kass created a series called minimize, taking miniature toy figures and photographing them in the real world. Christopher Boffoli also uses this same technique, however he photographs his figurines with food, naming the series Big Appetites. Poy doesn’t tend to photograph his figurines in the outside world but rather places them with small objects i.e. toothpaste, drink cans etc. 

Poys’ work

(Fig.4) Placing a small figure on the human face makes the face appear much larger than it actually is. The figure is taking the position of cutting a bush.
(Fig.5) small peas and figures placed inside of a small box. Mimicking a ‘lime machine’
(Fig.6) Making popcorn!

Other works of likewise artists

Christopher Boffoli
william kass
William Kass

This technique can be personalized in many different ways and seems like a really interesting project to get into. Studying photography for two years in college i think this will definitely be something i have to try at some point, the advances and various images which could be created from using figurines with everyday objects are never ending. This is just some of the ways in which photographers choose to add scale to a situation, however us as designers have to incorporate this technique in our drawing and sketch-visual pieces.


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