Remember how I was dying to get our my rendering markers and refresh my skills with Michelle Morelan's, from A Schematic Life, free tutorials?
Well, I never did find those Chartpak markers in my storage unit, but I did find a kind soul on Craigslist willing to part with her set of 50 Prismacolors for $20. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I said 20 bucks. What a happy camper I am! I immediately went home and tried them out.
First, by making a chart on bristol board paper:
(Don't be jealous of my hand-writing, guys)
Then I traced this photo I found from a photographer's site (why don't I ever record where I snag pics from?!), by following Michelle's tips on sketchy tracing. I did actually use a skinny Sharpie to outline, although Michelle advises not to because they bleed... which is indeed true. But I didn't have any Copic or Staedter liner pens... that's next on the purchase list for Texas Art supply (my favorite store). Then, I loosely colored everything in with the Prismacolor markers.
Here's my final sketchy drawing. It's definitely not as detailed as Michelle's, but I'm happy with how it turned out. Layering the markers for shadows was key.
Here's another image I used as an underlay. It's from Domino Book of Decorating.
Here's my sketchy rendering. I couldn't quite get the curtains the right color and I had some trouble with the lamp light, but it was a good try, I think.
The details are lacking, compared to Michelle's renderings, so hopefully with my renewed interested in rendering, my skills will be improving! It feels good to get back into something you used to enjoy doing, doesn't it?