I had the great fortune of having been involved with the master plan of a church campus on the island of Maui. Perfect weather, unbelievable location - stuck two days inside a conference room working our tails off. There has to be a better approach to planning projects in exotic locations.....
The visualization process in this master planning project was similar to any architectural or landscape design process. The site plan was first developed, then building 3D massing and finally whatever visual material could communicate the overall concept. Our team constructed an unusual SketchUp model over a hand drawn plan. In order to create the illusion of an island in the distant ocean, the model had an oversized blue colored base. A curved face behind the model had a site panoramic photo applied to it for a photo realistic background. The SketchUp tricks worked great. I finally printed out some small scenes and traced over them to draw a couple of eye-level views. The 20”x36” aerial perspective (above) was drawn from a view projected onto a wall. Our unusual visualization approach was very much appreciated by our client! Here are some of the SketchUp model images and quickly generated drawings:
I printed letter sized views, traced over them in red pencil and generated two quick sketches with a Pentel Sign pen on trace with Chartpak AD marker color. Quick and very effective as a design communication technique!
Jim and Daniel Tal are offering a 3-day SketchUp + Drawing Workshop July 22-24, 2010 in Denver. Click here for details about this continuing education opportunity!