Early Ember sketches in color

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    Some early sketches of Ember our Campfire™ client for the iPhone

    Some additional thoughts about this process here

    Featured on Wireframes here

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    1. twoeyes 73 months ago | reply

      These are really great -- thanks for sharing them.

    2. R I A Z 73 months ago | reply

      Wow... these are really awesome... I love the use of markers.

    3. playingwithshapes 73 months ago | reply

      Thanks, yeah the Copic markers really helped to bring these to life. I hadn't experimented much with them but I'm pretty sure they will start making into all sketches going forward.

    4. Martin Kulakowski 73 months ago | reply

      Wow! I am going to the art store to get these markers today! Thanks for sharing, this is awesome!

    5. playingwithshapes 73 months ago | reply

      No problem Martin, they're pretty great.

    6. Mike Rohde 71 months ago | reply

      This reminds me of my college days doing marker comps for ad layouts. I think this is a great way to quickly capture ideas and give them color without having to drop into a Mac app to do so. Awesome!

      Here's some old marker rendering I did for my senior graphic design presentation with markers pencils and paint on board:

      Leica M4-P Rendering

      That ended up as a slide in a slide show with audio -- way before Powerbpoint ever existed! :-)

    7. playingwithshapes 71 months ago | reply

      @Mike: wow, love that Leica! Looks intense, how much time did you put into that?

    8. Mike Rohde 71 months ago | reply

      Boy, I can't recall how long that took. Back in college time was endless. But I will say I was really into marker renderings and had gotten pretty quick... I'd guesstimate maybe an hour or two for these (I did a series of them).

      You have me thinking about picking up a new set of markers and getting back into marker rendering again man! :-)

    9. playingwithshapes 71 months ago | reply

      Yeah its extremely gratifying to work in markers, not sure what you used back in the day but I've found the Copic markers to work extremely well. I'd love to see any additional marker work you end up doing. What did you use for the white lining on the Leica? Is that a form of chalk?

    10. Mike Rohde 71 months ago | reply

      I dunno if you'll believe this, but that white line is white paint, put on with a brush! In college I had a professor who was really hard core about handling of brushes, and for that I am thankful (but probably a little rusty nowadays).

      I'll go through my old portfolio and see what I might have around. Might be fun to scan those into my Flickr account. :-)

      Coptics are great and if I recall, Prismacolor markers were also quite good. I liked the markers with a fine/broad tip on either end, since very often I'd need both options while rendering.

      Some marker rendering references I found:


      A book I have that's excellent:

      Video of rendering techniques:

    11. playingwithshapes 71 months ago | reply

      Awesome, thanks for sharing those links Mike. Let me know if you end up posting those sketches!

    12. R I A Z 71 months ago | reply

      ; ) really interesting conversation guys.

      Another really great set of sketching videos are here

    13. R I A Z 71 months ago | reply

      It's nice to see how the marker rendering skills can be applied to interaction design sketches. I think you guys make a great point about using copics/primsa colors to highlight and shade different details.

    14. playingwithshapes 71 months ago | reply

      @{riaz}: thanks for joining the conversation, I've never seen idsketching.com, great link, wow some great video tutorials there. Thanks for sharing.

    15. Mike Rohde 71 months ago | reply

      @{riaz} I agree — thanks for those excellent links!

    16. lilit 71 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called I ♥ wireframes, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    17. Meenhorst 63 months ago | reply

      Hello, I’m a moderator of the group UX Sketches, where we collect all sorts of UX sketches. It would be great if you could add yours to the group.

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