Pencil Draft, Photo Filter

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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.

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‘Drawing on Architecture’ SAI Book Launch, 13th May 2014

SAI Book Launch invitation 13th May

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.

HS2 Station Illustrations in Building Design

The HS2 phase one contracts are complete and the HS2 Bill is in Parliament with the Environmental Report being considered. An interview with Laura Kidd (HS2 Head of Architecture) in Building Design On-Line includes some of my station illustrations. Whilst they’re in the ‘big report’ I think this is the first time they’ve been published in the ‘public’ forum.

Well, nearly public; you need to be a subscriber to read anything beyond the magazine’s online front page – so I’m including the published images here.

HS2, Birmingham Curzon Street, Wilkinson Eyre

HS2, Birmingham Curzon Street, Wilkinson Eyre

HS2, Euston Station, Grimshaw Architects

HS2, Euston Station, Grimshaw Architects

HS2, Birmingham Interchange Station, Arup Architects

HS2, Birmingham Interchange Station, Arup Architects

HS2, Old Oak Common Station, Weston Williamson

HS2, Old Oak Common Station, Weston Williamson

Laura’s a great person to work with, as were all the architects involved. Having a background in Transport Infrastructure, I was immensely pleased to be part of HS2 and hope that I can be involved in future stages.

‘Stories of Light and Line’, An Invitation

Stories in Light & Line Invitation

Dear Everyone,

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.

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Architectural Sketch Diagrams

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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…