When do you find time to practice your sketching? This week I was able to have my sketchbook and drawing tools at several long meetings. I sketched the objects with light pencil lines, draw over the first sketch with a black line marker or pen refining the image as I go. I don’t think about the composition of the page so the images just end up on the page where they fit.
Sketchbook Page Tip #1 – What about practicing in your sketchbook to expand your drawing skills? Time drawing in my sketchbook is about exploring and expanding my drawing skills. It is not about coming up with a successful drawing. My sketchbook is a place to doodle, play around and practice. This provides opportunities to sketch subjects that are more complicated and challenging for me knowing that practicing is more important than the results.
I had an opportunity to submit this image as a guest artist for a perspective book that is being published in England. It was fun to create this image using my interior perspective line drawing skills. The challenges with working just with black and white is to distinguish one object from another. I do this by draw a variety of patterns, implied textures with a contrast of values. You will note the different patterns that are created with lines and dots in this image. The desk is the lightest value without pattern or texture. This provides a background for the basket with a darker value texture, the chair with a medium value pattern and a variety of values, textures and patterns for items on top of the desk. Still waiting to hear back from the publisher, will keep you posted!
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.