Saturday, March 23, 2019

Primary school illustration commission

These two illustrations were prepared for an inner Melbourne primary school to show the proposed new landscaping and playground development.

I used a simple 3D CAD model to set up the views, enhanced with site reference photos. These were traced with felt tip pen, scanned and digitally coloured using Affinity Photo.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Recent commissions

Two recently commissioned illustrations. Felt tip pen on A3 tracing paper, scanned and digitally coloured using Affinity Photo.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Monday, October 22, 2018

Recent street view

A recent illustration commission, showing a raised eye viewpoint of proposed road and landscaping scheme and urban design. Hand drawn linework with digital colouring using Affinity Photo.

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