Principles of Shadows

There are many ways of Renderings where you can use and make your sketches stand out. As a Designer I have few favourites where I am going to write here. These techniques helped me through College, University and real life projects from many years ago until now where I am a professional Interior Designer.

Always Practice and Enjoy !

The first technique where I always loved is ” Rendering with Matches”:

Matches Rendering is similar to Line Renderings where it is important if lines are close to each other or far from each other and each will have different effect on the paper. By using this technique it is possible to show the sky and buildings textures amazingly. In my opinion, make sure your Matches are fully dipped into ink or paint and then start slowly from sides of your sketches. It has to be noted that the place where it touches the paper will be darker than where it ends but it should be only drawn once in horizontal and vertical direction. Also, it is possible to use it as points with various density.

The Second and most popular technique is ” Line Renderings” :

Line rendering is very popular and you will learn it at the beginning of your sketch course. Easy to understand and very practical. Basically it is important to know you can use pen, pencil, ink,Pigment ink pens or any kind of pen where again, using horizontal and vertical lines can be used in various density. The closer the surface is in your sketch the density of lines are more but the surfaces where stand at the back of your sketch have less line density between them to become darker; This is why there are many sizes in Ink pens for example 0.2 is tinner than 0.8 where designers use the tine lines for lighter objects at the front and thick lines for darker or objects at the background. What is important here is that mostly designers use Black colour in line renderings but it is possible to use colours as well. It is very important that each line has to be trusted and starts from a corner and ends in other corner and should not be broken, they all are in same length.

One of my most favourite techniques is ” Watercolour Rendering” :

This was one of the hardest technique for me but as you know one of the most loved ones by me. Watercolour rendering is very surprising because it is not like other techniques where you have the control, so you might go wrong but after time and many practice you will get better and better in this technique. I always tried to draw first with watercolour pencil so where I can control and then use brush to render it so by time I got better and could use the watercolour brush it self with out lining the area out.  This technique needs care and concerns about what kind of paper you use and what size brushes because you need various sizes to make sure you can render each part of your sketch where it needs rendering. I have two tips where I learned through many years, number 1: use less water as possible but enough, 2: sometimes use salt on dam sketch for spaces such as ocean, plain background or sky. Salt and water react nicely on paper, its amazing, try!

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