The project illustrated below is one that involved the construction of a large and detailed “stage set” SketchUp model and development of a series of Tradigital (hybrid) renderings depicting a waterfront pedestrian promenade. The process involved a number of steps in which I refined views, added detail to the model, reviewed progress images with my client and eventually produced the final hand drawn perspectives. Here are the multiple steps in which I created two images that visualized the pedestrian walkway overlooking a marina.
Step One - Site Context Model. I established the project massing and plan based on a site aerial photograph from Google Earth.
Step Two - Basic SketchUp Model Detail. The overall model consisted of a uniform level of architectural detail in the building massing and introduction of numerous boat components found on 3D Warehouse. Directly behind the waterfront model is an earlier “massing model” version of the buildings.
Step Three - Refined Model Detail. As I began to determine specific scenes such as this corner cafe, I added very detailed model elements to commercial storefronts and open spaces. The highly developed model pieces only existed in areas visible in each scene.
Step Four - Fine Tuning the Scene. Working closely with my client, we adjusted this pedestrian promenade view. The upper image emphasized the walkway while the lower image balanced the walkway with the marina and sea wall. We eventually agreed to proceed with the upper view.
Step Five - Custom SketchUp Components. Being a Middle Eastern development, I needed to make sure that local people and fashions were represented in the renderings. I found appropriate photographs, imported the images into SketchUp and created my own custom people components to insert into the model.
Step Six - Completed SketchUp Model. I populated the final scene with plants, shade structure, furniture, and a mix of people in both western and Middle Eastern clothing. I then exported a high resolution jpeg that would be the basis for my final hand drawing.
Step Seven - Final Hand Drawing and Color. The exported SketchUp view was lightened in Photoshop and plotted in color 13”x24” onto heavy weight matte finish coated paper. I first added very light colored Chartpak AD markers to various elements and then retraced many of the edges and outlines with a black Prismacolor pencil. I built up the final color and texture with colored pencils and completed what I call a “composite drawing” with white colored pencil highlights. A scanned 300dpi TIFF image was used in the final client presentation.
Waterfront Cafe Perspective. This additional scene was constructed with an identical process as the first example. The model detail was developed in several stages, each phase being approved by the client. I used an identical drawing proportion to add consistency to this and the other four images created for the project.