Cutout People 2017

Cutout People 2017

Whether it is because time is limited or cutout libraries are too small, it often seems like adding entourage into an illustration is treated as an afterthought at the end of most workflows. When it is finally time to insert people, a large portion of time goes to...
Inspiration: The Third & The Seventh

Inspiration: The Third & The Seventh

The last time that I posted this film on this blog was back in 2013 and I have been long overdue to post it again. The short film by Alex Roman has had a big influence on my work since the very beginning and is still something I try to revisit at least once a year. He...
Oblique Floor Plans

Oblique Floor Plans

Continuing work on my research lab design, I wanted to generate floor plans that were a little more informational than the standard line drawings. Therefore, I turned the floor plans into oblique projection drawings using my Sketchup model and a technique described...
SMART OBJECTS INTRO

SMART OBJECTS INTRO

It has been a while since I have created a good ole tutorial. This is a really important one if you don’t already know or use Smart Objects in Photoshop. Smart Objects bring a whole new level of ability to edit in Photoshop. At Design Distill, we use them in...
Winter Special #5

Winter Special #5

Since I dropped the ball last year, I am picking things back up this year with a new winter special illustration of the research lab design. This view moves the camera underneath the architecture to give a sense of the experience one has when approaching the entrance....
Lab Section Studies

Lab Section Studies

I have been continuing to develop my research lab concept and specifically I have been focusing on some sectional qualities of the design. Since time is limited these days, I don’t always build elaborate models of each idea. In this case, I cut a section through...
Introducing Portfolio Volume 04

Introducing Portfolio Volume 04

I am excited to finally introduce Portfolio Volume 04. As I have said many times before, nothing beats being able to see work in printed form, especially after seeing some of these images for over two years only on the screen. This has been a long time coming and the...
Portfolio Volume 4: Quick Facts

Portfolio Volume 4: Quick Facts

I will be releasing Portfolio Volume 4 in about two weeks. In preparation for this, I have compiled all of the posts that relate to Portfolio Volume 4 and placed them on my dedicated portfolio page. Below are links to the posts that span over two years along with...
The Research Lab

The Research Lab

It’s been a busy past several weeks including a quick trip to Vienna for the D2 Conference. However, I was finally able to start my next project which will be a research lab located in a heavily wooded context. I have yet to illustrate a project situated within...
Composing Your Perspectives

Composing Your Perspectives

One of the questions I get asked most is how do I compose perspective shots. I have touched on this subject in past posts but have not organized these concepts into one place. The tips discussed below are by no means the law. There are often circumstances that limit...
Train Pavilion Aerial

Train Pavilion Aerial

There are still some areas of Portfolio Vol. 4 that are missing information. One image that I just finished creating is an aerial of the train pavilion project that better shows the relationship of the new architecture to the iconic town water tower.  I have several...
Battle of P.O.D. Printers 2016

Battle of P.O.D. Printers 2016

You can spend a ton of time perfecting your portfolio, but all of that means nothing if you choose a bad printer. That is why I have spent the last several weeks testing out many online print-on-demand services. I wrote a post on Print-on-demand printers several years...
Cliff Retreat: New Spreads

Cliff Retreat: New Spreads

  The Cliff retreat spreads are underway. With most of the imagery generated, I had enough content to start thinking about how the pages would be laid out and how the story would be told. As with a lot of my layouts, the styles range quite a bit from spread to...
Cliff Retreat Interiors

Cliff Retreat Interiors

I was finally able to setup some interior scenes for the cliff retreat design. I decided to go black and white with these images to relate back to the black and white exterior images generated a few posts ago. However, the desaturated colors will also help play up the...