Thursday, May 31, 2018

Recent urban design illustrations

These recent illustrations were prepared for a Melbourne municipal council for their urban design framework report. They show how the proposed planning guidelines could be implemented with development in the future.

I used a 3D massing model to set up the views and precedent images as reference for the architectural styles. Hand drawn pen drawings were scanned and digitally coloured using Affinity Photo.
view 1
view 1 existing
view 2
view 2 existing
view 3
view 3 existing

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Lens length and field of view

I recently came across the impressive photo "California Street, San Francisco 1964" by Todd Walker and was reminded how important the choice of camera lens when composing a view.

In setting up my street-scape illustrations I often use Google Street View or Google Earth Pro* as references. While Google Street View is terrific at showing the context information I need, there are limits to how 'realistic' the view feels compared to the experience of being there. As I am not a photographer I think this is due to the short lens used to capture wide views of Street View. Mobile phone lenses are also quite short I believe (30mm equivalent).

 The images above all show the same view of California Street with the reference building on the right side of the street (noted with an amber dot) shown at the same scale. The apparent different height of the hill beyond in each image shows how tricky it can be to correctly scale the background in a streetscape.

I often set up the context for my illustrations by creating a very basic SketchUp 3D model to get the perspective right. When setting up a SketchUp scene I need to adjust the camera Field of View to export an image that will best fit the composition and focus of my illustration.

*(I use the older non-online version of Google Earth Pro which has the ability to adjust the Field of View)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Street doodle

Pencil and digital colouring using Affinity Photo

Friday, January 12, 2018

Drawing vintage cars

 Drawing in pencil and digital colouring using Affinity Photo. These are small drawings 20 x 20cm

Saturday, December 30, 2017

2 women

Pencil and digital doodle.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

4 people

Doodling people using pencil on cartridge paper 30 x 18 cm and digital colouring using Affinity Photo

scanned drawing