Interior + Architectural Ink rendered Hand Drawings

Over the last few weeks I have been drawing and rendering away, producing some drawings to show as examples for a Design Communications class I'm teaching tomorrow with my first year Interior Architecture students. In my opinion, we are too quick to jump on a computer to render work on programmes such as Photoshop but I really like hand drawings and the effects you can get when you produce a finished piece by hand. So, today I'm taking you through this process by showing you some examples of my work, what I use to render them and how you can create your own drawings.

Tria ink markers {for Interior Design} This is the magic box of 24 colours I got and I can't tell you how excited I was to get started with them. I love perspective drawing and rendering so this is not really work for me, it's definitely fun. I have used a range of different ink markers in the past and have built up a little collection ranging from ProMarkers and Copic to Tria. I'm not bias to any brand as colour and ink flow are the most important feature so whatever I have to hand is usually good enough. I also love the blender pen and highly suggest that if you are considering trying them out then go for it.

Paper {I'm no expert} Working with ink markers can be challenging and frustrating but it gets better with practice. I often find that the paper I use can really make a big difference on the final look of the image. Poor quality paper will have your inks flowing into each other. Standard sketchbook paper, if not thick enough, will do the same and can sometimes become a bit transparent with ink. There are ink marker pads on the market but they are pricey and I don't do enough work to make that investment so I have been using a thick card stock paper which has a watercolour-like absorption to it but a nice smooth finish. 

And now a chance for you to try out your own if you like, and hopefully this has encourage you. Take an image from a design magazine, draw out that image using a black ink fine liner drawing pen, and then start to render it. Begin with the lightest colours and build up from there, do it in layers like a wash of colour and add in other colours to create shadow and depth. The hardest thing is knowing when to stop.