Some Thoughts on Texture

Some Thoughts on Texture

A thought that is often running through my head when working on architectural illustrations is how can I bring more of a human touch to the image. The answer is almost always through texturing in Photoshop. I have spent the last week illustrating an aerial perspective...
Day to Night: All Photoshop

Day to Night: All Photoshop

  One of the very first tutorials I created for this site described a workflow that generated a night scene only using Photoshop. That tutorial used a very simple base image exported right out of Sketchup. The workflow is easy to implement and is especially...
Photoshop Layer Management

Photoshop Layer Management

  Architecture visualization is notorious for producing complex and messy PSD files. Sometimes, it’s the little things that can make a big difference and in my opinion, layer management is one of those little things that many people don’t put enough...
New Model Underway

New Model Underway

These past two weeks have been crazy and if any of you follow my Facebook page, you know what I am talking about.  However, with all of the change, I figured it would also be a good time to start a new project as well. The wharf design was a fun project to...
Welcome to the New Site

Welcome to the New Site

I have not significantly changed the design of my site or its functionality since its inception, so the time has come to switch things up. The first thing I did was move from Squarespace to WordPress. Squarespace was a great platform but WordPress offers a huge amount...
KROB 2014

KROB 2014

The 40th Annual Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition is now accepting your submissions. This is one of my favorite competitions because of the wide range of styles and techniques that win each year. It is open to students and professionals and can be either a...
Wharf Design: Spreads

Wharf Design: Spreads

Over the past several months, I have developed many illustrations for my conceptual wharf design. I wanted to start thinking about how these illustrations would be organized into a portfolio layout. One of my favorite parts of arch viz is page layout. Last year, I put...
Breaking Up Edges Using Masks

Breaking Up Edges Using Masks

We have used this style a couple of times in the office and I am a big fan of it. It is also really simple to implement. The idea is to apply a mask over a full resolution illustration to break up the edges giving the illustration a collage-like feel. The great thing...
High Res Site Plan

High Res Site Plan

        In the previous wharf post, I discussed black and white texture studies that focused on pattern and ground plane elements throughout the wharf. The above image builds off of those studies introducing color and material. Site plans are...
Best Of Tumblr Gallery

Best Of Tumblr Gallery

  It was a little over a year ago that I started a visitor gallery tumblr page in an attempt to generate a another place on the internet for architecture visualization inspiration. It has been exciting to see so many unique styles and methods submitted week after...
Diagrams: Texture Study

Diagrams: Texture Study

  The last few posts have been focused on diagramming the existing conditions of the site. In this latest post, I have shifted to studies for the new design. The overall concept and form of the Sketchup model is established, but now I am interested in exploring...
Diagrams: Hatch Patterns

Diagrams: Hatch Patterns

  This post is also a follow up from many emails asking me to explain the diagonal line hatching used the site analysis diagrams. There are two methods in Photoshop that I know of that can create the diagonal line hatch seen in the image above. Both options use a...
Diagrams: Pedestrian Paths

Diagrams: Pedestrian Paths

  I received a lot of emails asking if I could explain how I created the pedestrian paths diagram in the previous post. To generate the line work, there are many ways this could be done. In the past, I probably would have used the spline tool in CAD. The line...
Site Analysis Diagrams

Site Analysis Diagrams

      I have been experimenting with some site diagrams of the existing conditions of Long Wharf in Boston. I am mostly interested in introducing texture and depth to diagrams that are typically presented in a more simplified manner using solid colors...
On The Boards

On The Boards

  I let a few weeks slip by on this website without a post but it hasn’t been for nothing. I have been hard at work on many things behind the scenes, one of them being working with Blurb to re-release Portfolio Vol 3 at a new lower price. I have also been...
Avoiding Repeating Trees

Avoiding Repeating Trees

  Adding trees to a perspective can be a daunting task, especially if there are a lot of them. Often what happens is the same tree gets copied over and over again. Everyone does it. It saves a ton of time compared to spending time cutting out several trees that...