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...
Culture Center Intro Illustration

Culture Center Intro Illustration

As I rework some of the spreads for my upcoming Portfolio Volume 4,  I find myself needing to develop several new illustrations to fill in some missing information or to help better tell the story. However, due to time limitations and the amount of images I need to...
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: Finale Image

Cliff Retreat: Finale Image

I wanted to have some fun with this image and create something that conveyed the scale of this project. Sort of a grand finale image. I have already generated a lot of close-up vignettes, but nothing really showing the project its totality. I chose a view that would...
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...
Cliff Retreat Section Spread

Cliff Retreat Section Spread

For the past few weeks, I have been producing section illustrations of my cliff retreat design. As is often the case, the final result took a complete detour from what I originally set out to produce. I began the spreads rendering out two large detail perspectives...
Cliff Retreat Moments: Part 1

Cliff Retreat Moments: Part 1

      The cliff retreat has been a fun project to design and I find myself constantly jumping back and forth between the macro and micro scales of the design. For the micro scale, the lack of detail in the model can make it difficult to visualize some...
Cliff Landscape Study

Cliff Landscape Study

A big part of this design is how the landscape slips under and around the structure. As a way for me to understand the relationship between the landscape and architecture, I put together a few diagrams. The success of this image relies heavily on the textures. The...
Cliff Retreat Massing

Cliff Retreat Massing

As I move into the next design, I am thinking about several different site locations. For the past several projects, I have been working with scenes that contained a lot of context architecture or that were set in urban environments. For this next project, I am...
Train Pavilion Interior Study

Train Pavilion Interior Study

  I have been experimenting with some interior illustrations and wanted to post a breakdown of this image.  Determining the view for this shot has been difficult because there is so much going on in the design, and I wanted to find a view that properly captured...
Floor Plan Study

Floor Plan Study

  This week, I have begun piecing together the floor plans of the Train Pavilion Project. When it comes to visualizing floor plans, I have always leaned towards a simple representation. Maybe it is because I have spent so many years working in offices where the...
Train Pavilion Diagrams

Train Pavilion Diagrams

I have been playing around with some diagrams for the recent train pavilion design. The architecture diagrams that I create on this site have ranged quite a bit over the years. Lately, I have been gravitating towards a minimal approach for these types of...
6 Tips for a Perfect Sky

6 Tips for a Perfect Sky

I can’t believe that I have not written a post about skies yet on this blog. In most cases, a sky can make or break an architecture illustration. It’s also something that I see a lot of people overlook or only spend a few minutes on in their renderings....