Not all my illustrations end up on holiday (see my previous post).
Often they never manage to travel beyond a PowerPoint presentation in a closed room, but occasionally it’s nice to see them ‘in the wild’ helping out with some publicity.
Recently some of my illustrations travelled with Boris Johnson to New York. Eventually they ended up on a few websites…
Maybe they even managed to get printed somewhere, who knows. In this case they were amended slightly by my direct client. Not immediately apparent and quite subtle; but I can tell. A bit like teenagers getting their ears pierced or tinting their hair colour I suppose. Flippancy aside, I think these proposals are great idea given the rising land prices in London. Not for the easing of congestion and building more roads but for more housing and parkland. Hopefully, they provoke some serious discussion.
When I do an llustration I issue the client with a high resolution JPG image and I also hand over the Photoshop file. I have a document stating my standard terms which include a statement that I retain the copyright but that the client has a licence ‘to use the image for the purpose for which it was intended’. A bit vague, but architectural illustrations do tend to be used through the life of a building project for different purposes. In truth I don’t really mind what happens to them as long as they don’t end up in a book or on a T-Shirt that’s generating income that I’m not party to. Though crediting my name to them is nice.
I pass on the PSD file so colour changes and small tweaks can be done by the client and it makes printing easier if the image ends up in a document. Changes and additions to the building designs, facades etc. can also be done by my clients more easily this way. My illustrations are tools and not sacred pieces of art. They have a life of their own once I hand them over and they become part of the process of architecture and construction. It’s interesting to see changes made on the client side, though sometimes also shocking(!).
Occasionally I find them in unexpected places. A few weeks ago a client sent through an email with a link to a website with one of my drawings in. The website was announcing an Environmental licence being granted for Pemba Logistical Base in Mozambique and had a picture of a billboard on the site reproduced here.
It looked like my illustration really did have a life of it’s own and had decided to go off on a beach holiday…
I really am going to get around to updating this site soon and I really will try to post more regularly. Promise.
In the meantime here’s an image of what I call a ‘Pencil Draft’ for a drawing I did a while ago. The final image is included in the SAI book that is being launched shortly (‘Drawing on Architecture’).
A Pencil Draft is my first setup for a drawing once a rough layout has been established and approved. Usually there’s a model of some kind that it’s based on. In this case I’d made a SketchUp contour model and mapped parts of a sketch plan (golf course) onto it. I also established some basic stuff by creating blocks for buildings. Once printed out I start scribbling details in pencil, deleting parts with Tipex (White Out if you’re American) and shoving down just enough info to enable me to work it up in more detail with an ink overlay.
Usually I take it off my board and scan it to send to the client but in this case I was a bit rushed and took a photo for client approval before the ink stage.
… and then a few days later I played around with the every popular ‘Blur Halo’ filter, or whatever it’s called, so beloved by Instagram users. I was quite taken by the effect. Even with the fold down the middle. So I’m including it here to see what people think.
I’ve been a member of the SAI (Society of Architectural Illustration) since I returned to the UK. An old university friend of mine was the President and meetings are regularly held at a gallery he helps run – the Anise Gallery (13a Shad Thames, Just around the corner from the Design Museum in London).
Last saturday was the ‘Contributors’ launch of a book by the SAI showcasing the work of the Society’s members. I’m really pleased to say that I’m included, even more pleased that they decided to sort the entries alphabetically by forename making making me the first entry.
Here’s an invite to the ‘Official’ launch which includes an exhibition of prints available for purchase, and of course a chance to buy a copy of the book itself.
You’re all invited to attend the Private View of Anise Gallery’s new exhibition this Saturday evening, 20th April 2013 at the Anise Gallery in London. There are some amazing artists contributing and am very proud to be presenting alongside them
(that’s me in last place; bottom right!).
In particular I’d like to mention Sachiyo Nishimura’s photography. I’ve attached an image from her ‘2012 Landscape/Fiction 14-15‘ series. The geometric beauty she pulls out of neglected spaces in our cities is wonderful. I’m a big fan of ‘lines’ (usually ink lines) and it’s lovely to see the visual complexity and catenary’s of overhead cables being appreciated.
A vast majority of the work I’m asked to do are ‘views’. Eye level views are the ones most often requested, though in discussion these often evolve into ariel views that can include more context and give a better idea … Continue reading →
Often a diagram will explain an idea or concept far better than a conventional view. Diagrams can also be ‘dressed up’ to make them more complex than they need to be, either to add visual richness or to communicate more than just the purpose of the diagram.
The line between ‘views’ and diagrams is a tricky one, given that all views are essentially tricking the eye of the beholder one way or another. I like to think that if there’s no background and the content becomes an object rather than a place then it’s probably a diagram…