Stephanie Bower

Stephanie Bower | Architectural Illustration: | Sketching Workshops: | Sketches: on Instagram at @stephanieabower & | Urban Sketchers Blog Correspondent | Signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Three Interiors: Italy, USA, Holland

I love sketching interiors, as they are such personal spaces. I love how rooms connect, one space leading to the next or outside, and I love how they are filled with personal objects loaded with meaning that makes a place feel like home. And I don't even mind sketching the furniture! (which literally may be THE hardest thing to draw!)

Every summer, I teach a workshop in the tiny speck of a town, Civita di Bagnoregio in Italy. This year it was unusually cold and rainy, so one morning I just sat down to sketch the interior of the tiny apartment where I stay. Tile floors, tile ceiling, huge chestnut wood has the feel of an Italian farm house, as it sits in the middle of a garden and is appropriately called, Il Giardino.

Below is another interior, this time of my 95 year old father-in-law's apartment in Pennsylvania. Now 96, he has moved in with my brother-in-law's family on Long Island,
but he must love this sketch as it is now pinned on his bedroom door.

That's my father-in-law in the kitchen making bread.

And this is the apartment in The Hague of my aunt and uncle. I love the feel of the room, all the things from Chile where my aunt and mother grew up, and that spectacular view out their window. Feels like home. This sketch is framed and hangs on their wall.

In my workshops, I often talk about starting a sketch with either the SHAPE OF THE FACE, or the SHAPE OF THE SPACE. With all three interior views, I start with the can see below the rectangle I used to start this sketch, curved a bit for a wide-angle effect. Then comes the VP and the Eye Level Line...can you find those?

And can you find the shape I start with in the other two sketches????

Each space is so different, each reflecting the people and the place, and their roots...


  1. Each one is unique and beautiful, and also shows your connection with the place and its inhabitants. Thanks for sharing these.

  2. These are wonderful and create a real sense of the people who live in them. Very impressive. I'd enjoy seeing more of these. Thanks for posting.
    Frank B