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An Interior Design Tool


T h a n k Yo u Lisa Creed Chuan Tsay Margie Stewart Alan Miller

Jack Barlow Melissa Hampton Lance Miller Dan James

Timothy Green

Mindy Porter

Jasmine Tiller

Lindsay Denton


ntroduction to hand rendering; a technique architects and interior designers use since beginning of trade to explain their designs. Hand rendering is an appreciated skill. The level of craftmanship and detail that goes into a rendering is incredible. This book will teach you the techniques of hand rendering from concept to reality. Let’s create!

Table of Contents Materials......................................4-5 Application & Technique..........6-7 Pen Study......................................8-9 Rendering.....................................10-11



Micron Pen


Color Pencil


Trace Paper

Materials Here are a list of some materials that you will be needing prior to beginning. The brand of products that I would recommend is Prismacolor for all pens, color pencil, and markers. Their products have a higher concentration of pigments, therefore the work that they produce are more high quality.

Make sure the stroke is going in one direction. Avoid cross-hatching as it could lead to messy renderings. Build up pigments with multiple strokes instead of pressing down on the paper because it could cause the paper to lose it’s texture thus creating shiny images. Create a color sheet with all your color pencils and markers. This will help you visualize the color better prior to applying the color onto your work!

Application & Technique You may find that the application and technique that I suggest may not work for you. Practice until you find what works for you and start customizing it into your own application and technique style. However, I suggest that you begin with the suggested tips just to gain insight into the foundation of hand rendering.

1. Find a photo you’d like to render! A photo from a magazine or a photo taken by you would be perfect!



Overlay photo with trace paper.

4. Place the finished outlined trace paper on a blank piece of white paper and photocopy the image onto cardstock.

Outline the image underneath with micron pen. The trace does not need to be perfect, there’s some charm to a sketchy rendering!

Pen Study Pens can sometimes give off hard outlines so plan your rendering accordingly. It is ok to not outline some areas; don’t assume that every outline needs a marking. Your color pencil or marker can complete any lines that you miss. Don’t forget that a hand rendering is supposed to be sketchy, artsy, playful, and not at all time consuming!

1. Take the card stock copy and start applying marker first.

2. Make sure to refer to the original image.

3. Apply color pencil.

4. Photocopy the finished rendering. The copy is your final product!

Rendering Your final rendering is complete when you feel that it is complete. Some renderings are darker while others are light and dainty. When complete, don’t forget to copy it onto another cardstock for a smooth end result. You won’t be dissappointed!

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Sketch & Render  

How-to guide for interior designers

Sketch & Render  

How-to guide for interior designers