Introduction to hand rendering illustrations

This class will introduce you to hand rendering techniques to quickly add form and texture to your illustrations. Once you have the basics under control, you can apply these skills to concept designs, hand illustrations, sketches or combine with digital work.

We will start by looking at highlights and shadows to help objects feel solid. We will then move on to rendering more complex forms before adding textures.

I have included printable worksheets you can use for practice as well as the class project.

You will need:

- Pencils. Standard HB/#2 pencil work well.

- Pencil sharpener or retractable knife

- Eraser/pencil rubber

- Paper. Photocopy/print paper is fine for this project, although you may prefer cartridge or another thicker paper. This is totally your personal choice and preference.

- A flat surface to work on. A flat desk or table with good lighting is perfect. You will make your rendering much easier if you put something smooth and slightly soft underneath, such as a few sheets of paper.


The lessons will cover:

1. Warm ups and basic techniques

2. Making objects seem solid (Boxes worksheet)

3. Smooth forms (Squirt bottle worksheet)

4. More complex smooth forms (Chair worksheet)

5. Shadows and highlights (Shadow worksheet)

6. Textures (Texture worksheet)

7. Final project (Architecture task)


Here are the samples of the worksheets - I don't think I can upload the actual PDF files while this is a project rather than an actual class.

Introduction to hand rendering illustrations - image 1 - student project


Introduction to hand rendering illustrations - image 2 - student project

Linda Hogan
Artist and teacher