In this three part series, we walk you through the artistic process of creating a home plan rendering!

Do you ever look at our gorgeous home plan renderings and wonder about the artist who creates them? Or the process that she goes through to produce such detailed images? We are continuing our step-by-step walk-through with Anita Bice to learn just that!

Part 2: Picking up where we left off, the client was given several views to chose from.

This is the blockout view chosen by my client.

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Shadows are adjusted to help create the 3D look. It’s amazing that shadows can be shown to mimic a certain time of day or a particular season. I usually try to adjust them to best compliment the features of the home itself and to give the rendering the most definition and depth. I’ll hide the shadows by turning that layer off until I’m ready to ink them in.

Home Plan Rendering - The Kingston #1325

This is a demo of ‘used-to-do’s’ and ‘now-a-days’! I used to overlay my pencil drawing of the constructed house with a piece of translucent drafting/tracing paper. Next, I would use a pencil to sketch in ideas of the landscaping, then finalize the quick sketch with a Sharpie marker.

Now, I create a new layer in Photoshop, label it ‘landscape sketch’, and choose a digital brush from a library of brush tips, one that looks like and acts like a marker. A pressure-sensitive graphics tablet and stylus are used to mimic hand-drawn lines that can be erased and re-sketched until the entourage is satisfactorily mapped in.

I sort of play a game with myself as I sketch. If I were a visitor coming to visit the owners of this home, what special touches would tell me that this home is well-loved and cared for? What compositional elements will lead the viewer’s eye to the front door, inviting them inside? What landscaping elements (shrubs, trees, etc.) will support and enhance the special features of this home, not detract from them? I want the viewer of the rendering to feel that this home is loved, or that they can be the owner of such an inviting home. Each plan is unique, and I try to convey its uniqueness in the way that the rendering’s composition showcases the home’s design.

Home Plan Rendering - The Kingston #1325

Before going digital, I would once again overlay the Sharpie sketch with translucent velum and begin inking by hand. Several years ago, I realized that I could ‘build’ my own digital brushes that look like my hand-drawn lines. I now have custom libraries of brushes that I have crafted to mimic my own hand-drawn inking and painting styles. In this stage, I have begun to lay in the hard, ink lines.

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More inking using ‘Rapid-O-Graph like’ lines, and brushes that mimic leaves and organic lines.

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The landscaping is worked in gradually to compliment the house, the composition, and the illusion of 3-dimensionality.

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Roughing in the foreground.

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This is the final pen and ink. If this were the absolute final stage, I would work more on creating darker areas and more contrast. However, I have to leave areas that will allow color to peek through in the rendering stages to follow.

Home Plan Rendering - The Kingston #1325

More about the Artist

Anita worked as an in-house illustrator until her first daughter was born. She then launched a freelance career in order to accommodate her growing family’s needs. She is married with two daughters and just welcomed her first grandchild! Anita is passionate about her work and her family and finds a perfect balance for the two.

Home Plan Rendering - Anita at work

How Anita balances life and career. And possibly passes on some artistic talent.

Check back later this week for the final steps – adding color!

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