I love to sketch and doodle, but I hate rendering. I could never get a grasp of it. Please help me improve on my rendering skills so I can render as confidently as I doodle! I want to learn to render in both photoshop and with markers. I’ve linked the sketches. I will be working step-by-step, in other words, I will move on to a new sketch only after these two have been rendered and approved with your feedback and help.
This is a plush doll. Q: How do you render something soft?
This is a scotch tape holder. Q: How do you render something that is all black?
Been incredibly busy with school and work the past couple weeks. Still busy, but got a little bit more time now. Ill definitely be taking a stab at the rendering techniques that people have suggested!
On a side note, for those of you who remember my old thread in General Design Discussion: “PROJECT: NEW APPROACH TO DRAWING TUTORIALS.” The project split into 3 directions. One direction tackles the pressures of creativity and aims to come up with solution that will help people to “jumpstart” their creative senses. Another direction tackles visual communication and one’s ability to communicate what they are thinking and trying to say with just visuals. The goal is to make visual communication fun, easy to learn, and improve. Finally, the last direction deals with mileage and inspiration when it comes to sketching and ideating. With a new take on daily challenges that aims to make your brain work in new and exciting ways. I am currently doing Alpha-testing on the last direction, if you would like to know more and be a participant, please let me know!
Hi Sketchroll. I agree with your opinions on sketching and rendering. I pretty much had the same feeling my whole way through Uni. I dont know exactly when, but things slowly changed for me when i stopped thinking of renderings as RENDERINGS! (if that makes sense).
I enjoyed sketching, and colouring my sketches, and so only did this for the longest time. After a while i realised that the coloured “sketches” i was doing were at a level that a few years ago i would have probably considered to be a rendering. This was a pretty exciting realisation and one that made me realise that the problem i was having with rendering was much more to do with my outlook on them rather than anything else. My advice then is to start colouring your sketches! Of course, keep pushing the boundaries, and lifting the level, but always keep the idea in your mind that you are sketching… not rendering.
This way of thinking and working honestly led to one of the biggest jumps in my skills. For interest…and kind of related i think, was the realisation that simple lighting and shading is the most important thing when colouring a sketch (or rendering). Reflections are a mere subtlety that are added on top of this base.
No doubt about it…rendering can be pretty intimidating. As your colleagues say, try to look at physical objects and try to understand where the light is coming from and how objects reflect off of a shiny surface. Your sketching style is awesome! Really loose and quick. The best kind. I rendered up the tape dispenser for you (though I am months late in responding but perhaps it will help others too).
If you have any questions, I will be happy to help. Have a great Holiday.
Are you using any reference to help map out the ground/sky reflections? A lot of people fake the reflections and just see it in professional sketches and imitate rather than understand such a complex surface. I would try sketching cars in person, and study the reflections, if rendering is what you are most focused on. However, I think something should be said about the time spent rendering versus the time spent sketching. Maybe you could draw the reflection lines rather than whipping out the whole rendering kit?