I’m often asked to create a conceptual “what if” sketch that could be added to a presentation or a proposal for a new project. My office recently submitted a proposal for streetscape improvements in a Denver industrial neighborhood and for the document, I created a quick “before and after” sketch of a typical block in order to help inspire the client and select our firm for the project. Here is an explanation of my process:
Digital Photograph. I drove around several streets in this warehouse district and found a late afternoon sunlit building that would be ideal for repurposing into a craft brewery. Notice the complete lack of street curbs, designated bicycle lanes, sidewalks and landscaping. My task was to take this barren setting and visualize what it could be with streetscape and architectural improvements.
Overlay and Trace Sketch - Scan Option 1. I printed the iPhone photo on letter size paper and taped a sheet of tracing paper on the print. Using a red Col-erase pencil, I lightly sketched all of the new elements onto the tracing paper and drew right over the red pencil lines with a Pentel Sign Pen. Once the pen and ink illustration was completed (30 minutes) I erased the light pencil linework and then colored the drawing with Chartpak AD markers. I scanned the artwork at 300 dpi and saved the JPEG that you see above.
Composite Scan Sketch - Scan Option 2. As an alternative to the stand alone scanned drawing (option 1), I scanned both the hand drawing and the photograph together. Notice in the lower left of the drawing that the street has a gray tone to it. This is because the dark street from the photograph is showing through the tracing paper. Which option do you think looks better? Now that I compare them side-by-side, I think Option 1 is more successful as it is much brighter and not so muddy.
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