Saturday, October 16, 2010


There has been some discussion lately by designers about the preference of sketching or hand drawing vs. CAD drawing. As a designer, one of the best ways to show a client your ideas is to provide drawings. We are taught in school and many of us use drawings as a way to think through a design and develop concepts. These days, both methods are taught, but the age of the interior designer has a little something to do with their preference. :) We didn't have CAD when I went to school! I enjoy sketching up my projects and will lay color down as well to help a client visualize their space. It's usually part of the schematic design phase of the process. I do have a younger assistant who prefers CAD, which is undeniably the best method for handling revisions. However, in this day and age of all things computer generated, I find my clients really appreciate my hand drawings. Sort of like a hand written thank you note vs. an e-mail sent from your phone, it's just more personal. I thought I'd share some of the drawings that I've done on various, unrelated projects.

Some drawings are done in elevation, some as a floor plan, others are a perspective sketch.

Elevation of a girl's bedroom showing a new window seat and shade.

Perspective sketch of a living room to show architectural features and tile layout.

In this sketch for a kitchen remodel, new finishes and a new pantry door were highlighted.

This elevation sketch shows how the color on the wall, hood, backsplash, and counter will blend together to break up the wall of white cabinets.

The master bath above is being remodeled now. I can't wait to see it finished! The tub is absolutely beautiful!

This furniture layout visually shows how the color is balanced around the room.

A drawing like this shows how all the elements and details work together to make a certain visual statement.

I like to label up my drawings with notes, so that my clients can refer back to them and remember what I tell them at the presentation.

Drawing is one of my favorite things to do as a designer. I prefer it to shopping!


Cathi Taraboi said...

I've always loved your drawings Carla, each one is a beautiful work of art! You're a very creative and talented designer, and artist. I'm always impressed how your completed projects 'work' so beautifully, and suit the surrounding space exquisitely!

Deb's mind said...

I love your sketches. I am just starting interior design school and one of my favorite classes is graphic techniques. I am learning to hand render and can't wait to be able to render like you.

Unknown said...

Thank you, Cathi and Deb. Debbie, it just takes lots of practice and a real passion and interest in the craft. Good luck with your classes! Carla

Hill Country House Girl said...

Your sketches are wonderful If I was your client I would appreciate the time and thought put into each one. It is truly a talent you should be proud of!

Kellie Collis said...

Lovely free-hand designs! It's like a signature. Too bad less and less designers are doing it now. Have a beautiful day, Kellie xx

Luciane at said...

Hi, Carla!

This is my first time and I will be coming back. Your sketches are inspiring! Good job!

By the way, I just started a site and if you could take a look and let me know what you think it would make me happy! :-)

Thank you!

Luciane, from

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