As part of my ongoing curriculum of NYSID, I recently wrapped up a semester of Rendering. We studied a number of ways to render drawings in order to give more depth and character to floor plans, elevations and perspectives. We honed our technique in pencil, colored pencils, pastels, graphite, and watercolor. Who knew I’d be such a fan of watercolor given the amount of commitment and discipline required once you touched paintbrush to paper? There’s no erasing and certainly no “going back over it” after you’ve laid down your color.
These are renderings of my actual apartment’s space, but kicked up a notch with potential design schemes and color (hence the wallpaper along the East wall). They gave me the chance to imagine what my space could look like.
I also did the same for my parents home, a seaside house they built recently at the Jersey shore. Coming up with a perspective drawing of the main living room was key to showing how the space would look, how the furniture should be sized, etc.