On renderings:
Throughout the conference I have been able to see various professional and student work. What really struck me was the great degree to which the renderings varied – and what made some better than others.
It is no question that craftsmanship plays a big role in the success of a rendering, however there are other things that help in making it better than the rest.
1. Have some sort of background or texture that reflects the environment the characters find themselves in. This can be as formal or abstract as desired – but the style should try to reflect the style or medium chosen for the renderings.
2. Color in the rendering – utlizise fabric swatches so the shop can clearly tell what fabrics are to be used where (or what paint).
3. If possible look at the headshots of the actors for the renderings – so you can sketch their faces on the characters.
4. It is useful to have small sketches of how the costumes are made and how they are layered on the person if the costume is complicated. For paint renderings it could also be helpful to have a step-by-step rendering if you are the scenic artist as well. If not you could try to make detailed renderings of intricate locations on the set – etc
5. Experiment with media. Not all shows call for the same media.
6. Put your name on it – character name, show title etc. Labels are important 🙂
7. A border is also helpful.