A developer studied converting an existing tourist theme park into a mixed use commercial/residential Village Center and asked that I visualize what it might look like. Given a minimal fee and no initial architectural building design, I elected to illustrate one full color perspective of the “Village Main Street” and a series of ten small 5”x7” black and white character studies showing different aspects of the development and its mountain setting. Shown below is the entire set of drawings I created for the proposal. With the exception of the colored village center perspective, all other drawings were developed from my imagination without any base imagery.
If you have a project in which there are many different possible subjects to illustrate, consider developing one or two larger colored perspectives along with a series of small visual studies. The collection of different images will present a greater picture than any one drawing could ever communicate.
Village Main Street Perspective
Existing Main Street Buildings Red Pencil Mockup
Ink Line Drawing. The final drawing was 8.5”x14” drawn with a Staedtler Lumocolor 318 F pen on vellum. I traced the background mountain and established the 1-point perspective from an enlarged digital photograph of the site. I also traced the foreground people and changed their clothing.
Final Colored Perspective. I copied the ink line drawing onto heavy weight presentation bond paper using an OCE digital copier. I colored the print with Chartpak AD markers. The final image was scanned at 300dpi and incorporated into the final presentation.
Character Studies. Each of these ten sketches were drawn from imagination and visualized different areas of the development such as outdoor dining terraces, pedestrian pathways connecting residential buildings, community center, and village retail.
Additional sketches showed activities associated with the nearby mountain trail system. Each drawing was made on vellum with a Staedtler Lumocolor 318 F pen. White correction fluid was used to clean up mistakes and overlapping linework.
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