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Allan Macdonald, Sketching Quick tip
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!

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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.
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Sharp reflections on the bodyside, which are slightly at odds with the feel of the sketch, are softened and blended to make the surfaces easier to read. Some light is thrown onto details around the grille and a suggestion of a driver and dashboard is added using a dark colour on an overlay layer. The headlamp pods are toned down and given a top surface and highlights are applied to the bodywork. The last thing added is another overlaid airbrushing of bronze colour to the bottom half of the vehicle. This creates the impression of earth tones being reflected in the bodywork which blend into the blue tones of the sky.
A door shutline and an extra bodyside feature is added which forms a rearward fin which, incidentally, work aerodynamically together with the adjustable "ears" to optimise airflow over the trailer and also function as airbrakes (inspired by the Fastech 360 bullet train).
Further sharpening, tyre detail, a badge and some refinement of the edges is done at this stage. A gradient overlay is applied left to right to add depth to the background and more overall contrast to the image. Although it's placement is clear, the rear wheel is left as a suggestion to enhance the feeling of sharp focus at the front and soft focus at the rear. This is another way of adding depth.
More dramatic lighting is added at this stage along with some grille features and headlamps. The general form of the bodywork is sharpened up a little and the wheel is reworked to a dished directional design. An orange glow is shown reflected in the far edge. Showing light hitting the edges of the form enhances it. You may have found this to be true for photography or computer renderings as well.
With a coarse hair brush the edges are softened by merging the background tones with the tones of the vehicle. This is a technique of portrait artists such as John Singer Sargant who observed that often there is no sharp line where foreground objects meet the background but more of a seamless blend. This is what gives much of the softness to the final image.
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