I produced this quick sketch for the cover of project proposal and found the original photograph on the internet. After adjusting the perspective, I created a red pencil mockup of an active plaza in front of the building, traced the mockup with a felt tipped pen and colored the original sketch with markers. This simple process is very effective for generating design ideas based on photographic sources. My step-by-step is explained below:
Step 1 - Original Photograph. Because of the severe 3-point perspective of this photograph, I opened the image in Photoshop and adjusted the view in order to correct the vertical lines of the building facade.
Step 2 - Adjusted Photograph. I printed the photograph in color onto 8 1/2 x 11” paper and and then determined that the final drawing would utilize the center portion of the building but extend the image below the photograph in order to illustrate plaza activities in front of the steps.
Step 3 - Red Pencil Mockup. Using a Sanford Col-erase carmine red pencil, I sketched all of the people, furniture and paving pattern on trace. The mockup enabled me to establish the overall composition and scale of the space.
Step 4 - Ink Line Drawing. I placed a second sheet of tracing paper over the red pencil mockup and illustrated the scene using a Pilot Fineliner pen. In order to minimize my time, I applied very little hatching (gray tones) to the image. Notice just a few hatching marks on clothing, and in shadow areas.
Completed 5 1/2” x 7 1/2” Ink Line Drawing. I always scan my line drawings before coloring the original artwork. If for any reason the final color needed to be redone or the image modified, I could always reprint the black and white drawing and recolor the image.
Step 5 - Colored Marker. I colored directly onto the original ink line drawing with Chartpak AD markers. Notice that there wasn’t any smearing of the ink line because the solvent based markers never affected the water based ink line. I dabbed darker markers to give more texture to the pavement and building facade. The final colored image was scanned at 300 dpi and used in the proposal graphics.
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