The goal of this rendering was to have a unity of color and a variety of texture and pattern. It was started with a line drawing that is copied on my home copier on an 81/2″ X 11″ paper. This is a smooth, hot press paper that I find easy to use when adding copic markers to my line drawings. It is a 9″ X 12″ pad from Borden & Riley, #234 Paris Bleedproof paper for pens.
Copic Marker Rendering Tip #4
Here are successfully steps for adding a variety of pattern and texture to an interior images. 1. Choose a range of color markers that you will be repeating throughout the image. 2. Start your rendering with the most dynamic and largest pattern. 3. Continue to add patterns repeating the color markers in the different patterns. 4. Create a variety of ways to show pattern with lines and dots. 5. Pay attention to how the light and dark values are contrasting each other. In this image, reds, greens, wood tones and a grey were selected to be used. I started rendering the floral pattern on the sofa that included the two main colors, red and green. In next step color was added to the solid wood tones on the tables that have a small amount of pattern variation. Then the small pillow patterns were rendered and I was care to have them show up against the sofa pattern. Each pillow is different including a solid, a zig-zag, small circles and a checkered pattern. I kept the image from being too dark by using a medium value on the wall color and with a lighter value pattern for the wood flooring and rug. Try these steps the next you are rendering an interior image.
Here are two images of marker demonstrations that were quickly done in class this summer. Each student had a copy of the line drawing and followed the step by step rendering demonstration. In the top image we were practicing creating a variety of texture and pattern. In the image below, the goal was to render the container to look like galvanized steel. You can see that I note the markers that are used in each of the images on the bottom of the page for a visual reference in the future.
Take a couple of minutes to hear the experience I had showing my work at a gallery open. Here are some tips on over coming the stumbling blocks when taking your art work out of the studio. You may need to turn your volume up, there was activity going on around me when I made the video. Enjoy!
Want to see a demonstration of how I rendered this image with Copic Markers? Check out the 2o minute video clip found below.
Working with Copic markers to practice rendering my interior line drawings.
Here are a couple of techniques I use when learning to render with a new medium. The color selection stays small. Only two hues where used in this image, red & green which are complimentary to each other. Also added is cool, warm and brown tones. They each have a gradation of value.
I will also take time while I am rendering, to create a color chart. This includes a color sample color and it’s Copic number. This chart is a great reference for me as I am seeing how the marker color looks on the page.
Quick note on creating contrast in this image, I was careful to render the desk with a very light value and without any texture or pattern. This creates a high contrast with the flooring and wainscot which surrounds the desk. Notice these architectural elements have a darker value with rendered pattern and texture.
I am excited to be getting started with my goal this year which is to be improving my marker rendering techniques. This February, I attended two Copic workshops learning more about this product and marker techniques. I look forward to creating new step-by-step video demonstrations focused on this topic.
Here is a technique that I am using to practice before starting the rendering process. On the bottom of drawing page, I am adding 1″ X 3/4″ squares to explore different colors and patterns for each of the finishes and noting the marker colors that were used. This is providing me with a great visual color rendering reference for the future. Watch out for more on this topic!
Here is an illustration of a one-point perspective sofa demonstrating steps for adding a fabric that has a horizontal and vertical pattern. Before drawing the pattern, it is helpful to draw a grid in perspective to use as a visual guide. The grid is added by drawing vertical guidelines that are equidistant apart from the top to the bottom of the seat back. In a one-point perspective the flat front of the furniture piece is an elevation which is measurable. Next, at the point where the pattern guideline meets the seat pillow, add perspective guidelines, using the single vanishing point drawing the angled lines. Where these guidelines meet the end of the seat pillow, draw vertical lines on the flat front. Estimate the horizontal lines of the grid. Now you can draw the fabric pattern in perspective using the grid as a visual guide. Below is the finished image with the sofa. Notice the next image below shows each of the patterns and textures that were included in this finished drawing.