The Stages of a Color Rendering

A client asked me to render a redesigned boardwalk area. These are the steps I went through to make that happen.

A Design in Pen and Ink
A Design in Pen and Ink

The above is a simple pen drawingdone fairly quickly, giving the client an opportunity to see what possibilities for the future may hold.

Color Rendering over Image
Color Rendering over Image

Above I have kept the color rendering on top of the black and white image so that anyone can see exactly how the proposed layout might look if the conceptual is followed through.


Why? Why is that base image in black and white? I believe that contrast of line and the lack of color help my color renderings pop out and fully show themselves.

It’s like the Wizard of Oz, the movie starts in black and white and then . . . POW . . . color, color when it’s time to make an impact . . . when it’s time for a new place, a new beginning . . . a fantasy.

Like my drawings and what possibilities their space holds.

Color Rendering without Labels/Titles
Color Rendering without Labels/Titles

Finally the drawing, scanned alone and with no labels and markers. Without an addition of embellishment-you know little dots, small marks, and slight color bleeds.

If you need something like this let me know.

If you want me to do a workshop let me know.

After all

The rendering tells the story, it offers possibilities, the drawings portend what could be.

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.

1 comment

  1. Great post and renderings!

    I recently posted a bit on the sketch process in design

    Very nice of you for the kind remarks on my rendering, it was worth your time to post the link, I like the fast lines and I would hope other designers take a good look at your”fast people” and realize there is nothing to be afraid of when it comes to adding people to a design/rendering . . . good stuff.

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