Rendering Leather

Rendering Leather

Rendering Leather

Learn how to hand render leather using a combination of markers and pencils. Once you have downloaded the reference swatch and the fashion croquis supplied with this lesson, print the fashion croquis to use as your canvas. We will teach you how to use your markers to render a sporty men’s motorcycle jacket. You will learn how to illustrate a black background and leather’s shine, while learning all about how to add texture to an illustration.

Increase your knowledge of rendering exotic skins by viewing our other hand-rendering lessons: Rendering Leopard, Crocodile and Zebra.

Module Description Step
1 Rendering Foundation 1-15
2 Shading – Part 1 1-17
3 Shading – Part 2 1-21
4 Final Touches 1-7
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Step Description
1 Start, by downloading the fashion croquis and the reference swatch supplied with this lesson. Print the fashion croquis to use as your canvas.
2 Tilt the croquis so that it is in the most comfortable position for rendering. Be sure to test your markers on a piece of scrap paper before you start to check that your markers aren’t dry.
3 We will begin by rendering the right-side of the jacket with the beveled-edge side of the grey marker. Start at the collar and with the broad side of the marker, lay in the color leaving some “air space.” This means leaving some white space between the edge of the drawing and the marker color.
4 Continue onto the body of the jacket laying in color, first in a horizontal direction and then vertically.
5 Next, color the sleeves in a horizontal direction from shoulder to wrist. Notice how we repeat strokes to deepen the color and the amount of air space we are leaving on both sides of the sleeve.


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