First Rough Freehand Sketch for an Architectural Project

Rough Sketch with Notes/Questions for the Architect

Perspective Renderings show the exterior of an architectural project—as it will be seen once it’s completed—kind of a future glimpse, if you will.   Usually taken from a pedestrian eye level, an exterior rendering will indicate the materials and architectural finishes of the building, along with landscaping, trees, people, cars, and any surrounding existing context one would see.  Sometimes these renderings are required to be part of a project’s submission for approval.  They can also be very useful in communicating the “look and feel” that a finished project will have—well before its actual construction.  These illustrations not only show the structure, but all the building’s detail, with shades and shadows—indicating the effect of sunlight on the building.  Exterior renderings can be informative to the design process—allowing for review and reflection of all of the decisions regarding massing, architectural detail, landscaping, materials, color—all the major elements which are part of the design process.  The process of creating an exterior perspective rendering begins with the architect’s plans and elevations.  Once this information is input to a 3D CAD program, perspective views can be generated to be used as the basis for the rendering.  Once a viewpoint is chosen, details and entourage, including landscaping and people, can be added to the chosen image.  Upon approval, a freehand line tracing is done and submitted for the client’s approval.  Finally, color is added, either color pencil or watercolor, based on information supplied by the architect or client.  Once color is finished, a digital scan is usually made from the finished artwork and sent to the client.  Original artwork can also be sent to the client, if desired.  Although exterior renderings can be computer-generated, hand-drawn and hand-colored renderings are more successful in capturing the life and spirit of a place or building.  This is partly due to the fact that the public responds more favorably to hand drawings and paintings as opposed to their computer-generated counterparts.  Fees upon request.

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Aerial Rendering of School Housing Project for VMWP Architects of San Francisco

Aerial perspective renderings, also called “bird’s eye views” can be a great choice for showing an entire project from one vantage point—from the air. From this viewpoint, one can see all the various parts of a project that make up a large, complex design. Even if the subject of the drawing is a small residence, the aerial viewpoint has a way of bringing the plan of the house to life, along with site, landscape and context.   Aerial views often include the existing context, which may surround a project, making them very useful as presentation tools to clearly describe the height and scale relationships that a proposed project will have with its neighbors.  This is true of course with urban projects, but equally valid with more rural projects, where a design involving higher density might be juxtaposed with a very rural setting—making the case that much open space is being preserved in the surrounding area, despite the higher density of the subject project.  Because there is more to draw with an aerial view, rendering fees are generally higher.  More time and effort is required on the part of the illustrator to show the surrounding context accurately—elements that simply would not be visible from a ground-level perspective.  Although aerial perspective renderings cannot show the level of detail that ground-level perspectives can, they are often used in combination with ground-level views so that together the entire project gets a complete description. The aerial shows the “big picture”, and the ground-level renderings show the architectural detail and human scale, together giving the viewer the complete picture.  Ideally, both aerial and pedestrian-level views are commissioned for a project, providing a very thorough description of what is being proposed.  Aerial views have a magnetic quality for their audience which commands attention, engaging the viewer who probably knows the context intimately. 

Using warmer, more intense colors in the center….
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Color Pencil Rendering of New Downtown from Entrance

Just finished the color for this rendering ! This 3-D visualization in perspective was commissioned by a longstanding client of Jeffrey’s illustration business: Carol Young of Auburn, CA.   This perspective view shows the proposed downtown for Rincon del Rio.   Jeffrey does many illustrations for a number of architectural clients in the South Bay, San Francisco, Bay Area Peninsula, and Sacramento areas of northern California.

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Sketch View for New Downtown at Rincon del Rio

This is the second rendering to be colored soon for Rincon del Rio ! This 3-D visualization in perspective was commissioned by a longstanding client of Jeffrey’s illustration business: Carol Young of Auburn, CA.   This perspective view shows the proposed downtown.   Jeffrey does many illustrations for a number of architectural clients in the South Bay, San Francisco, Bay Area Peninsula, and Sacramento areas of northern California.

View as you drive into the Community….
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Finished Color Rendering of New Downtown for Rincon del Rio

Just finished the color for this rendering ! This 3-D visualization in perspective was commissioned by a longstanding client of Jeffrey’s illustration business: Carol Young of Auburn, CA.   This perspective view shows the proposed downtown for Rincon del Rio.   Jeffrey does many illustrations for a number of architectural clients in the South Bay, San Francisco, Bay Area Peninsula, and Sacramento areas of northern California.

View of Downtown from Your Condo….
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Progress on Color for Rincon del Rio Project

Some progress on the coloring of this rendering ! This 3-D visualization in perspective was commissioned by a longstanding client of Jeffrey’s illustration business: Carol Young of Auburn, CA.   This perspective view shows the proposed downtown for Rincon del Rio.   Jeffrey does many illustrations for a number of architectural clients in the South Bay, San Francisco, Bay Area Peninsula, and Sacramento areas of northern California.

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Black & White Line Drawing for Rincon del Rio

This is one rendering to be colored this week for Rincon del Rio ! This 3-D visualization in perspective was commissioned by a longstanding client of Jeffrey’s illustration business: Carol Young of Auburn, CA.   This perspective view shows the proposed downtown.   Jeffrey does many illustrations for a number of architectural clients in the South Bay, San Francisco, Bay Area Peninsula, and Sacramento areas of northern California.

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Conceptual Color Rendering of Florida Retail Center

Warm Florida Sunshine !  A conceptual rendering I completed earlier this year–and will probably do more work on this project in the coming year!  Perspective Renderings show the exterior of an architectural project—as it will be seen once it’s completed—kind of a future glimpse, if you will.   Usually taken from a pedestrian eye level, an exterior rendering will indicate the materials and architectural finishes of the building, along with landscaping, trees, people, cars, and any surrounding existing context one would see.  Sometimes these renderings are required to be part of a project’s submission for approval.  They can also be very useful in communicating the “look and feel” that a finished project will have—well before its actual construction.  These illustrations not only show the structure, but all the building’s detail, with shades and shadows—indicating the effect of sunlight on the building.  Exterior renderings can be informative to the design process—allowing for review and reflection of all of the decisions regarding massing, architectural detail, landscaping, materials, color—all the major elements which are part of the design process.  The process of creating an exterior perspective rendering begins with the architect’s plans and elevations.  Once this information is input to a 3D CAD program, perspective views can be generated to be used as the basis for the rendering.  Once a viewpoint is chosen,details and entourage, including landscaping and people, can be added to the chosen image.  Upon approval, a freehand line tracing is done and submitted for the client’s approval.  Finally, color is added, either color pencil or watercolor, based on information supplied by the architect or client.  Once color is finished, a digital scan is usually made from the finished artwork and sent to the client.  Original artwork can also be sent to the client, if desired.  Although exterior renderings can be computer-generated, hand-drawn and hand-colored renderings are more successful in capturing the life and spirit of a place or building.  This is partly due to the fact that the public responds more favorably to hand drawings and paintings as opposed to their computer-generated counterparts.  Fees upon request.

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Two Renderings from One Using Photoshop

Here is an example where Photoshop makes a lot of sense within my industry ! The upper drawing was done by drawing and coloring a portion of the previous rendering (right side of image)–only what changes.  These illustrations show the same house–one on a downhill lot, and one on an uphill lot….the portion that changes is superimposed over the portion of the old image which changes using Photoshop….everything else remains.  This 3-D visualization in perspective was commissioned by a longstanding client of Jeffrey’s illustration business: Carol Young of Auburn, CA.    Jeffrey does many illustrations for a number of architectural clients in the South Bay, San Francisco, Bay Area Peninsula, and Sacramento areas of northern California.

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Color Sketch for Nevada City Street Improvements

A very conceptual sketch to describe the architect’s ideas for improving traffic and pedestrian issues on Commercial Street in Nevada City…. This 3-D visualization in perspective was commissioned by a longstanding client of Jeffrey’s illustration business: Rebecca Coffman, Architect of Nevada City, CA.   This perspective view shows the proposed condos.   Jeffrey does many illustrations for a number of architectural clients in the South Bay, San Francisco, Bay Area Peninsula, and Sacramento areas of northern California.

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