Desert House Spreads



By Alex Hogrefe
May 20, 2018



Desert Abstract Interior Studies



By Alex Hogrefe
April 22, 2018



Desert Night Tutorial: Part 2




By Alex Hogrefe
March 25, 2018



Desert Night Tutorial: Part 1


Alex Hogrefe
March 04, 2018


Desert House Vignettes


By Alex Hogrefe
Feb 11, 2018


Introducing Portfolio Volume 04

By Alex Hogrefe
October 08, 2016




Winter Special #6

Even though I have started the new desert house project, I jumped back to the Philly Bridge project to generate this year's winter special. This was a view that I had planned on illustrating months ago but ran out of time. Luckily, it works perfectly for creating a...

Managing Diagrams in Photoshop

I have been testing out a ton of different ideas for how to articulate the glass facade for the Desert Trench House project. From those studies, I developed a spread that shows some of the iterations that were generated. As I was putting this illustration together, I...

Desert Trench House

I have started a new project that I am calling the Desert Trench House. I have yet to illustrate a project on this website that is located in an arid environment and am excited to get going on this. The structure sits mostly recessed underground with large shade...

Mapping Philly

I have been traveling quite a bit lately which means it has been a while since my last post. I figured I would ease back into this with some mapping studies that I have been experimenting with. I have always liked the idea of locating a project at the beginning of the...

Philly Aerial Break Down

Aerial architectural renderings in a city environment are some of the toughest images to create. For one, you are dealing with a ton of texture, geometry, and complexity when it comes to the context. The ideal way to manage this is to hire a photographer to take...

Day to Night: All Pshop Philly Edition

This will be the third image that I have posted on this site that goes from a daytime base rendering to a full on night rendering using only Photoshop. The first ever No Render Night Tutorial I created came at the very beginning of this website a long time ago. Since...

Portfolio Vol. 5

In the works. Expected Release: 2018/2019

Portfolio Vol. 4

My latest portfolio released in 2016, Portfolio Volume 4 discusses new layout  and illustrations/diagrammatic styles. Over 35 posts break down each illustration and explores ideas of composing and refining portfolio presentation techniques.

Portfolio Vol. 3

Released in 2014, Portfolio Vol. 3 builds off of Portfolio Vol. 2 by introducing a new workflow that includes Indesign to better manage page and text organization. New image styles such as x-ray illustrations and exploded axons are introduced.

Portfolio Vol. 2

Developed in 2007, this was my second portfolio created after grad school. The layouts are relaxed with the text playing an important role on many of the pages. Except for the thesis spreads, each project uses no more than 2 spreads to describe the project requiring a denser use of text and images in the layout


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Portfolio Vol. 04

An 8.5″x 11″ architecture portfolio exploring architectural graphic representation.


Available in two sizes: 18″x 24″ and 24″x 36″. Museum-quality poster made on thick, durable paper with a matte finish.  All posters are printed on archival, acid-free paper.

Framed Posters

Available in two sizes: 18″x 24″ and 24″x 36″.  All frames are wood, painted black, and are made in Los Angeles. The front protector is Acrylite, shatter resistant, and optically pure. The frames have a 1″ border and are not matted.

Canvas Prints

Available in sizes 24″x 36″ and 18″x 24″. Canvases are 20.5 mill thick, Fade-resistant, poly-cotton blend. Canvases are hand stretched and glued to solid wood stretcher bars, and finished with a matte coating.