For this project, we needed to take our building that we were assigned in our group and choose 12 moments to sketch in thumbnails in our sketchbook.
My group had the Humanities building and I sketched both interior and exterior images into my 2 page spread. Here are my drawings:
For our next Environmental Design II project, we are divided into groups and each group is designing an archway in a different period architecture for the basement entrance in the back of the building. We are building this and one of the materials we need to use is cardboard. We need to make sure that the structure does not obstruct the usability of the entranceway. My group (#4) is doing 13th century Gothic Architecture, which I have to say is one of my favorite periods, so I’m psyched! The group decided that we were each going to draw something and make a sketch model out of cardboard of our feature.
I chose the Gothic Window. Since there are a few different gothic designs, the one I chose consists of a few different arches within the frame. I did the sketch and then in cardboard, I cutout the window which looks pretty good.
Here are the pictures!
And these are my cutouts in the cardboard. I am thinking of making a cube out of the cardboard, with the window on one face. I left my better knife at school so I will bring it in the morning and decide if I’m going to do it that way. In any event, I think I’m ready for the morning and can’t believe there is one night this week where I am done prior to 10pm!!
Stoel had also required us to work in Sketchup to make a model of our window project. I have played around with sketchup a little and really learned alot from doing this model. Although the class was given a short tutorial of the program, I noticed we really relied on the use of the online tutorials on the google website.
It was later decided that since we were requested to produce something that was well beyond our skill level, that we could either finish up what we already worked on after we completed it, draw a perspective drawing on 11 x 17 vellum, or we could do both. Since I was just about done with my project, I chose to just complete it and call it a day. I have two versions of my sketchup model.
This is the first one. This is prior to me importing a cardboard skin and made some final adjustments.
And then here is my final drawing
Here are just some pictures of the studio from working on our Window Project.
Vertical Moments of Light
For this project, we need to create 2 moments of light in our chosen window frame in the studio. I have an upper window near my desk and have found that it brings with it a few extra challenges that the lower windows don’t have.
For starters, the upper windows have the addition of the overhang of the roof line and the shadow from it and secondly, I have to get up on a desk to put my installation up there… which is a bit challenging considering I’m still wearing my brace. 🙂 In any event, I’m making it work for me. We needed to use cardboard and no more then 2 other materials and we could not use any adhesive to keep the piece to the window. It needed to be able to stand on its own.
My original design for this window display was based on a picture I saw in the Feb. ’10 Architectural Digest. This is the Opposite House, which is actually a hotel in Beijing. I was facinated by the interior atrium (larger picture on page) which had these gold colored stainless steel mesh drapings flowing down from the ceilings. It is quite spectacular looking and I love the way the different light – both natural and man made – reflects off of it. I decided against this design because of the spacial challenges I have explained above in reference to the exterior overhang. the effect I would be looking for would not have been able to be acheived.
The second choice for a design I had was from a picture from the same Architectural Digest (Feb. 2010) of a light fixture in a NYC apartment. I love the way light reflected off of it. I purchased some assorted colored glass beads and started to sting them but It also was not giving me a desired effect. From this design, I thought it would be cool to make little tunnels out of cardboard coming out of the window to direct the light onto my hanging beads. When i attempted this, the light was not strong enough to travel through the tunnel and give the effect I was looking for.
I went through a few more design processes before I thought of a perspective drawing and how it would be cool to have the window to seem like it is farther then it actually is. I started measuring and making models and drafts of it to see how the light at different times of the day would effect it. and here is what I came up with in the end, shown in multiple views to see the effect of light to it.
this is at 12 midnight.
This is during studio time around 10am. Kathryn Frye is below mine, Katherine McCain is to my left and Anna Behrendt is bottom left. The four of us needed to figure out a way to connect ours – visually – in some way and we chose to use geometric shapes and lines. We received a pretty good review overall and I am really happy in how we worked together to make it happen.
For this assignment, we needed to draw scale figures in relation to large objects and then use water color to make it “pop”. The intention was to show the figure either relating (or not) to the object and show some sort of movement.
I went on fotosearch.com and found tree pictures that I used for inspiration. a Tiki Poll type figure, two people sitting on a bench holding a pride flag and someone parasailing. Here are the original photo’s:
I am still trying to figure out how to use watercolors and what helps is that I purchased better brushes. I do however realize I still need practice and considering that I don’t feel I am good at drawing by hand, I think I did fairly ok.
here is my attempt at putting my own spin on it.
This is the parasailing drawing I did. I have this fear of heights and try to over-come it frequently and I have always wanted to parasail. What I did with this picture is have someone dangling off of the parasail – holding on with one hand. I know it’s kinda morbid, but it’s how I feel when I get my fear of heights before conquering it.. 😉
This is my spin on the tiki person. What I did was drew tiki-man upside down so my left brain wouldn’t be in such control with drawing him and I think I did ok considering. Tiki man looked so serious, so I thought livening him up a bit by having someone doing a cartwheel while naked would be cute. I drew the sky with some blues, reds, oranges and yellows to put more color in the picture and simulate a sunset.
In this sketch, I actually drew the faces of the scale figures. I also tried to intertwine their legs as shown in the original picture.
I am enjoying the hand drawing more this semester then last. I think I’m not beating myself up so much in my critiquing. One of my classmates said something that really hit home to me… “the more you beat yourself up, the more your drawing suffers”. That is soooooo true with me. I think I am much better and drawing then I was when I started the program and this is only my second semester. I am so excited to compare my drawings when I graduate to what I am doing now!