Learning how to draw a couch is definitely a nice challenge. This piece of furniture is usually depicted with some perspective. And drawing perspective can be difficult. Hopefully, this simple step-by-step lesson below should help you learn to illustrate this object properly.
Couches can have many shape. For this lesson, let's create a basic couch for two. This version will include two arms, two cushions and two feet. You will also learn how to add basic shadows and reflections on the object using only plain colors. Ready? Let's start creating this fun object now. :)
First, let's draw a few shapes to help us locate the object in our work space. It's also a good opportunity to make sure that proportions are accurate. For this step, simply drawn the bottom part of the couch, the arms and the backrest. Notice the position of the backrest compared to the rest of the couch. Once you are done sketching these shapes, you can proceed with the next step.
Now that we have a template to work with, you can start drawing a few lines to form the silhouette of the object. You can draw the backrest using long lines with pointed ends. The arms are narrow and rounder near the top. All new lines are shown below (with a temporary pink outline).
It's now time to work on the most challenging part of the drawing ... adding perspective! First, you can draw a long curved line on top of the backrest. This line is a duplicate of the line found on top of the object. However, this new line is rounder and more visible near the top.
The next thing we can do is create more depth behind the arms. On each side, draw a large curved line over the arm. Next, sketch a short line to form the side of the cushion. Once you are done, you can erase all lines used to illustrate the gray shapes.
Below the object, you can sketch subtle feet using more short lines. Finally, you can complete the drawing aspect of this tutorial by adding simple thin lines on the arms, the cushions and the backrest. Great work! This lesson on how to draw a couch is progressing nicely. :)
A nice cartoon couch must be filled with plain colors to be visually more appealing! In this case, I have selected a dark blue color to be used inside this cartoon couch. Notice how the arms and the top of the backrest are darker. For the cushions, a brighter color was used. Both feet can be brown.
Inside the object, you can draw more shapes to form simple shadows. These new additions are filled with darker colors. As you can see below, most of these new elements are located on the left side of the parts they are covering.
The last step of this lesson consists of adding brighter shapes to form reflections and highlights. This time, all new elements are located on the right side of the parts they are covering. Using both shadows and highlights is a good technique to create more depth and volume inside the image.
You can see the final illustration below once all effects are added. Using various tones of colors, shadows and highlights is a good idea to improve the readability of the image. The cushions are easy to see and the arms are creating a nice contrast inside this picture.
All steps required to illustrate this cartoon couch properly can be found in the image below. Don't hesitate to study this sample if you need more tips. Now that this couch is completed, don't hesitate to draw more versions using various accessories, colors and textures.
If you want to try more cool objects from home, then you can try some tutorials below. Remember to practice on a daily basis. It's the best thing you can do if you want to improve your drawing abilities quickly and easily. Enjoy! :)