I have always rendered my drawings and designs by hand. It was what I knew and I just went with it. The world of Photoshop or any other illustrator software was scary so I would just forgo that step all together.
This fall while living in London I had to pack light and left all my rendering colors at home. So, instead of going to Cass Arts or London Graphic Center and buying all my supplies again (although I did go there and spend a pretty pound on many other supplies for projects) I decided to give the dreaded Photoshop a try.
With the patient help of Katie Unsworth-Murray (link to her stagejobspro profile) I faced he dreaded Photoshop. Turns out it is NOT scary at all! In a quick amount of time I was able to take sketches I had scanned in and move around costume pieces, layer costume pieces, and add color and texture to each piece.
As you can see below, I could draw different costume pieces and show my director how they would be layered on our actor as well as specific fabric textures I wanted to use. This was my first forray into designing through the software. I was so excited I used it again in my next project, and I wouldn't be surprised if I used it more when finishing up my time at Rutgers.
Hopefully the more I use Photoshop I will be able to hoan my skills even more. I plan to invest in a tablet that attaches to my computer to allow for more intricate detail and touchups to my designs. Photoshop has not taken the place of rendering with paint, marker, and pencil, but it has found a place in my tool kit of rendering supplies.