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One of the things many students of design ask is how to achieve the fast and
speedy but still neat line work of the pros. This quick tip should help!
Watercolour rendering technique
In this tutorial Max Shershnev shows us his technique for producing sketch
renderings using watercolour paints. An unusual technique that is not often
seen in the car industry, but one with dynamic results.
A last refinement is given to smooth out some of
the more ambiguous areas. Some lower intakes are added with simple
highlights and the windscreen is given a more uniform gradient. The shadow
side was looking a bit flat so a bit of light is cast onto the wing
features. The left lamp receives a gradient also to give it some depth then
is it covered with highlights running off the bodywork to make sure it looks
flush. The result is a quick development sketch that keeps the modelling
going and addresses the main design issues at hand without getting bogged
down in drawing tyre treads or interior details.
An overlay of colour is airbrushed over
everywhere apart from the windscreen. It is a lot easier to sculpt the form
using just black and white up to this stage and this is a very efficient way
of adding colour for the sake of separating bodywork from glass.
The forms on the wings, which are supposed to
correspond with the lamp reflectors, are not really going anywhere so some light and shade areas are extended into the lamps. The lamps are
defined a bit more although left quite loose because they are flush and it
will be easier to sketch the best outline directly onto the clay; what the
lines do in this view could get unpredictable in 3D. A few spots of
highlight are added on the illuminated side of the car to help feel the form
of the wing and features.
Now that the background is out of focus it can
be outlined with a rough brush so that the basic form is still read. It was
decided that the headlamps were too mean and expressionless so they are
given a bit more shape. Further sharpening happens when some grille detail
goes in, including the badge.
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