How To Draw a Bay Window

Window scenes are among the more popular kinds of scenes in drawing and painting. Drawing a bay window will involve drawing the window frame itself, and the exterior or the view, for reference. A bay window is shaped like a bay—enclosing an area. To give the impression that the frame is actually a window, you will also need to draw the interior of the room, including accessories, furnishings, and the like.

In drawing a bay window, you will need to be mindful of the angles and perspective, so that you can easily draw the side windows and give it some depth. You will also need to draw the windows, such that there is a perception that the windows actually have glass panes.

What you need:

  • Drawing materials
  • Reference image

How to do it:

  • First, start with a rectangular shape. This would be considered the center window. Draw it such that you’re facing it head-on.
  • Next, you will need to draw the side windows. Because they are not parallel to the wall, you will need to draw these at an angle. Assuming your scenery is looking from inside out, draw the side windows such that the sides are angled upward. The other side should be angled opposite the other one. If you are drawing a bay window from the outside, then the side windows should be angled downwards at the top and upwards from the bottom.
  • Close off the drawing, such that your windows will look like a tunnel.
  • Draw the actual window. You will need to draw molding on the sides, to give the effect that the window is actually attached to the wall. Then, draw the panes of glass on each side: the front window and the two side windows.
  • To give the effect that the window is actually on the wall, you will next need to draw the rest of the room, for reference.
  • Draw a potted flower or plant near the windowsill. This gives the drawing the effect that the bay window is situated in the kitchen.
  • Next, you can draw a small table as an accent. To give reference to space, you can even draw the floor. Then, add some shading or tone to the walls, to give the work a better sense of perspective.
  • Give your drawing some depth by darkening some of the surfaces. Add some lines to the glass, to give it a sort of reflection or glare. This will give the viewer a feeling that it’s actually glass that they are looking at.


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