Axonometric drawing: what they teach you at KLC

So I was going through my laptop doing a little bit of “tidying up” and came across my old college projects. It’s interesting to look back where I started with no knowledge or drawing skills, only a little bit of talent (so I thought then). I decided to share some helpful information which I was taught at KLC Interior Design College in London. Hopefully, if you are a new student or anybody else who’s interested, will find it useful.

 From the very beginning of the diploma course they teach you technical drawing. This is a very important part of interior design profession. Most practices have moved on to making 3D CAD visual presentations but to make a really nice impression on a new client or to provide that personal touch, a hand drawn presentation is unbeatable. It is an art in itself.
Axonometric drawing is one way of showing your ideas in a most realistic way. Basically, it is a 3D picture drawn at 45 degrees, looking down from one corner of a room. Here are three examples from my early days. Please excuse the quality of scanning. It’s awful, I know.

Living room axo drawings


Bathroom axo drawing

The first 2 drawings were done in pencil and the third drawing was done with Tria markers. I do prefer them now more than pencils but it took me a long time to get used to them. The advantage of the markers is that you get a clearer, sort of sharper drawing than when using pencils. You can also blend better with them. However, if you want to use them, you have to understand how to layer and mix the colours with this media to achieve the result you are after. If you are using pencils right now, you can perhaps start by using the markers for objects such as marbles, flooring, mirrors, glass walls, showers etc. A mix media presentation is a start.
So how to start an axo drawing? Well, first you will need to draw a plan of your room to scale like this..


Plan of the bathroom above.
Then you turn it to 45 degrees and start to elevate 2 walls you want to focus on including doors, windows and furniture to the height you need. Remember to measure everything to scale, so all proportions are correct. Also place your plan quite low on your paper, so you have enough room for the ceiling height. Draw your axo draft in pencil and then use a tracing paper and a pen to draw the original. Once you have that photocopy it onto a marker pad or layout paper for rendering.
Hope this helps.

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