00094-00098 Christ Church & The Highline

13 August 2014 § 2 Comments

For a change I have a few very, very recent sketches.  The first set is from Christ Church, located on the Upper East side.  I was hoping to add a second perspective to that page below, so hopefully I will get a chance to return and give you an update on it!  The final image is a set of thumbnails from the highline.  I started walking south on the highline from the 30th street entry and drew a thumbnail (no more than 5-7 minutes) at every block interval.  We are almost up to 100 images on this blog, which is fantastic.  The process of scanning, prepping, and uploading is quite time consuming.  I have at least 30 sketchbooks of content and no time to scan, and not a very good scanner at that (if you haven’t noticed that I’ve made a lot of my sketches b/w and only can really upload the ink ones atm).  Hopefully I’ll get a chance to upgrade soon!

 

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00085-00088 A few days at the office

3 August 2014 § Leave a comment

Occasionally I have to attend meetings that last easily over an hour, so sometimes I find that noodling around a bit actually improves my ability to focus over long periods of time and listen to others.  I’m sure there is some research out there that supports this.  Here are a few sketches I made over a week or so during internal meetings at The Arsenal.  I actually really liked how these came out–they have a comic-y feel.

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00079-00084 On the Subway

31 July 2014 § Leave a comment

I haven’t forgotten about this blog–I’ve just been busy studying for my ARE’s (Architecture Registration Exams, for those of you non-arch-inclined)! There are seven exams in total and I actually passed my first exam, BDCS!  Presently I am in the process of preparing for Structures (testing in September!) and with any luck, I should be posting up a few of my sketch book pages of studies too at one point.

In the meantime, here is a small collection of sketches I’ve completed while on the subway over the last month. I must say that drawing on the subway is a bit difficult.  First of all, you really need to have a seat, which can be difficult during peak hours.  Second, it can be quite a bumpy ride, which requires a steady hand and the embracement of the sketchiness!  Third, and finally, everyone is constantly moving and shifting, and you never know when your subject is going to just disappear completely.  This part though can be quite fun, and actually makes the whole process a lot less stressful.  Because you only have a few seconds to capture your subject, you learn to make quick decisions on what lines are important to get down.  You dont have to worry about the details, but the essence.

And for that reason, I really enjoy subway sketching. I hope you enjoy these!

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00073-00078 – Westminster Cathedral, A windmill, and a housing project

28 April 2014 § Leave a comment

Another set of drawings here from my trip out to London.  Below is the Windmill I visited–whcih was quite an adventure to get to.  It was located at the very end of a train line, and then about a mile walk from the station.  It was worth it though–a very beautiful suburb, very quiet too, and it was beautiful weather.  It’s nice sometimes to be far away from home, in a place where you no noone and you have only yourself to rely on.

The other drawings are of Westminster Cathedral (different from Westminster Abbey)  and of a housing project–I will try to find the name because it was a very progressive idea & well done.

Whenever I think back of where I visited, I must say that I probably would not go out of my way to visit any of these places again.   Where I would again visit St Peters or Westminster Abbey or the Cliffs of Mohar, these sorts of places below could really only have been visited with ample amounts of time on hand.  It makes me sad to think I may not have a chance again in my life to spend months and months in London, free to roam & explore.

I guess I will have to try to do my best to see all of NYC!

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00068-00072 Two Cathedrals, London

24 March 2014 § Leave a comment

Two cathedrals in London; five drawings.  I had a really splendid time in London and often dream of going back.  The whole city is just one giant, architectural playground!  Unfortunately I can’t give a real update on all the things happening in my life, but enjoy these sketches!

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00063-00067 St. Pauls Cathedral, London

27 February 2014 § Leave a comment

Hello all! It has been almost a week since I have updated, and not for very good reason.  The combination of work, travel, and my birthday has prevented me from sitting down and uploading.. and studying for that matter.  I’ve seriously been slacking.  But now that it is almost March, and my first ARE exam is but a few weeks away, I need to rev back up full force into studying.

Which leaves me conflicted and also desperate for time.  With the addition of a few other ideas/projects, I need to really be very efficient with my time usage.  I will wake up at 630 AM from now on and spend the first hour doing my speed painting challenge.  My lunch breaks from now on will be used to study for my exam.  My evenings will be for writing & company work… and cooking! All the delicious cooking I can!  Somewhere in there I promise to also include my drawing.  I also will post up my paints & digital art as I work through those as well.

Below are several sketches from my 2010 visit to London!  I took a whole day to go visit St. Pauls Cathedral–a wonderful piece of architecture–and spent several hours touring the surrounding area & the cathedral itself.  It is beautiful!  These were completed with ink & graphite, with a touch of watercolor.

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Making Of: The Sixth Facade

19 February 2014 § Leave a comment

To pair with the launch of my portfolio site, and in response to some positive interest from viewers, I am going to post up a few screen caps & details that show the process/pipeline of building one of my most recent architectural visualizations.  This image was completed for Snohetta for a design competition they entered last year.  You can seem the other images generated for the affair on their site.  You can also see more on the competition here or here or here.  Vincent Appel, from Of Possible Architectures, assisted with the modelling process while I did the bulk of the post-production in photoshop as show below.  I am actually going to breeze over the details, if you don’t mind too much.  I will address additional techniques later on in different posts.

1 Compositional Render: This was the first pass at this image.  Very rough, no rendered textures as you might notice, and very early in the design stage.  This was modeled in Rhino and rendered quickly in Vray.  The focus was on the composition of the image, as well as the lighting.  It also gave me a head start for collecting resources & background imagry, as well as brainstorming color palettes.

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2 Texture Render Tests and Color: One of the big strengths of this image is its utilization of 3d textures.  Anyone seriously interested in rendering very HQ believable images needs to start exploring these & how to use them effectively.  (You can find tons freely available online).   We did a lot of tests and we found that using 3d wood grains really took this image to the next level. If we were to just montage wood textures, we would not be able to get the depth of color & tone & believability without a lot of extra time & painting.  My biggest piece of advice is to be selective–don’t go crazy & overtexture everything.  Too much detail looks as fake as too little.  Also note, that my particular style is towards something more painterly and atmospheric, rather than strict realism.  At this stage I also was working on color overlays–still far from perfected here.

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3 Final Base Render : As you can see, the base render is very simple.  White surfacing for most assets and the texture is preserved in this.  The wood was rendered in color because it was easier to modify from there.  What you don’t see is that we also rendered out several channels.  You should always include the RENDER ID channel, as well as light/shadow.  Play around though.  I used a variety of channels to achieve different affects & gain control over different elements.

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4 Initial Color Manipulation and Background : First set of color overlays.  I prefer to start a little oversaturated and reduce as I move on.  The background was pieced together form a series of photographs and ended up being quite a headache to get in perfect perspective.

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5 Color Manipulation, Saturation : Increased saturation; this was actually a test/experiment that I quickly did on the side.  Oversaturating sometimes allows you to see what colors are actually acting in certain areas.  Note heavy purple on left.  That was annoying me a lot.

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5 Desaturation, color, people, snow, etc : Snow added, colors desaturated somewhat, carousel added in the background as well as people.

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5 Season change! : JK Client decided daytime better for selling.  Probably right but I still liked the snow.  Grass was painted in rough.

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5 Final Touches! : Softened the images by removing/reducing black.  Also softened background and increased lighting.

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