It seems the trend is going around like a circle. In the beginning there was the beautiful hand-drawn renderings that looks fabulous, but require a lot of time and artistic talent. Then technology made it possible to make beautiful lifelike photorealistic renderings in no time. However, we never forget how beautiful hand-drawn style renderings are and we strive to once again capture that look.
What is so great about the hand-drawn style is the human touch. As much as a computer's ability to simulate three-dimensional objects accurately, there is not really a way to simulate human touch. At least not yet. I would imagine at some point we could have our rendering software provide us with a drop down menu: Whose talent would you like to simulate? Picasso? Monet?
Not everyone has a natural talent for hand drawing, so people like me resort to technology to produce images. That is one of the reasons I love technology so much is that it enables me to do more than what I am naturally capable of.
Below are two of my recent endeavors in "hand-drawn style" renderings. With these renderings, I have put very little actual hand touch. Mostly Photoshop's watercolor effect and outlines produced by my rendering software (3ds max).
(Image commissioned by CDA - Community Design Alliance)
However, I still believe that more personal touch is crucial to beautiful hand-drawn style renderings and in the future I will strive to put more and more hand touch. Who knows, maybe there's an artist in me trying to come out.
(Image commissioned by Zane State College, an earlier version of the current design)