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are so many mediums for colour rendering that makes it hard for me to choose which
one suits me best. I tried colouring pencil, watercolour and markers but after
a few trials the markers worked well for me.

The markers I used is, the Promarker by Winson &
Newton, an alcohol based markers that has twin-tipped with brush nib and chisel
nib. The good thing about these markers is that it can be blended easily and
mixed two different colours together, so you only need few colours to buy.  

Markers is difficult to start with however by
practising a lot you will be able to learn any technique to used that will work
for you. Most of the time I fill the area with a lighter colour as a base then
apply a darker colour after, and blending it out with the lighter colour or a
cotton wool – I call this “light-dark-light” technique. I also add extra shade of
colour when it is needed. After that, I put a shadow with a much darker colour
without blending it to outline the shape of the furniture. I used the chisel
nib for the floor or wall and the fine bullet nib for details like furniture. This
technique is easy and if the base is wet for blending, the colour will turn out
nice. It is better to shade quickly to avoid uneven colour or streaking. I can
also simply create highlight by using a lighter colour and blend it with a colourless
blender to lighten it more. The colourless blender allows you to get smooth and
even colours after blending or to lighten colour if it is too dark.

            There are a lot more marker
techniques to used but the “light-dark-light” technique worked well for me. That
is because it is a method where I can avoid streaky lines and dark colours
which is not needed. Streaky lines are common when using markers and if you use
the same colour repeatedly you could darken the colour, that is why I used the
lighter shade instead to blend the colour. This technique will also smoothen
the colour. I can also easily create gradient with two different colours and
then blend the centre with the lighter shade to join the two colours together.









            Interior designer needs to
communicate their design by presenting it in a visual presentation. Visual
presentation means conveying your designs, through technical drawings, colour
rendering or through sample board, to the client.

            The first step to do as an interior
designer is to conduct site survey to gather information like the measurements
of the space or the surrounding area. This is an important step for accurate
measurement in making technical drawings. Plan and elevations is one of the
technical drawings that I needed to make. From making floor plan and elevations
I learned the importance of using different light weights starting from light,
medium and bold lines. Drawings will be read by builders, electricians or any
other trades so it is necessary to draw precise lines for neat, clear drawings and
to avoid any mistakes.

Observation is one of the skills I learned. From
conducting survey to making technical drawing I started to notice any details that
is needed such as taking notes if there are any flaws or features that can help
me for making new designs. When I started to draw my technical drawing, I
noticed that there were too many furniture’s and there was no available space
for people to walk in. I learned that there should be enough space between
furniture’s and to make sure that the furniture is in the right size. This is
where I found out that it is required to have at least 500mm space between
furniture’s for people to walk safely. I must also imagine what my new designs
going to be and by doing this I was able to develop my visualization skill and
my creativity. I learned this skill a lot when I was doing my sample board and
colour rendering. Sample board is one of the most important things to present
to the client, so they can have a clear sight of what the new designs going to
be with all the furniture’s and other products. I need to visualize first what
the room should be and use my creativity to put all the products in order in
the sample board. Doing this will make the board more appealing to look at and
the client won’t be confused by all the arrangements. But sample board is not
enough to convince the client, so I needed to add more life to my drawings and
make it more attractive. Technical drawing can be confusing but when rendered
with colours it will be more understandable. Visualising the colour balance of
the space is one of the most important factors, which I did not consider at first,
but I was able to learn from a mistake. The space should have a balance appearance
and keeping in mind what the client asked for.

These skills will help me a lot in the future as an
interior designer. Observational skill will be helpful to me when conducting
site survey. It will help me focus more and be aware of what is needed to do
such as noticing what area needs to be improve. If I develop this skill more I
will be able to spot on any mistakes on my design easily. When I need to
produce ideas, I need to visualize the room as well. Visualize helps me create
designs in my mind. As an example, when picking furniture’s, I need to
visualize if the shape or colour is suitable in the room.

As Alina Wheeler says, “Design is intelligence made visible”.
Therefore, while design ideas are important, the idea should be presented visually
to make the client understand more. To do this, skills or techniques should be used
for a chance that the clients will approve the proposals and is eager to start the