Same Floorplan – Different Looks

IMG_3257IMG_4912IMG_4934It’s amazing that these three houses although the same Floorplan have completely different looks. Very clever design.


Incorporating Watercolor

IMG_4591IMG_4613IMG_4641IMG_4924Recently I’ve started incorporating watercolor into my architectural renderings in addition to the markers and pen and ink. I like the interest it’s adding.

As I do more of these my techniques are developing.

Just Completed- Modern Style Home Rendering

FullSizeRenderI was so excited to have a modern design rendering to do. Something very appealing to me about the simple, sleek lines of this design. I look forward to seeing this home come to life.

This rendering is again hand drawn using pen and ink, markers and colored pencils. The finished drawing is 11 x 17″ on cotton vellum.

Custom architectural design by Bainbridge Design Group in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Custom Modern Farmhouse

FullSizeRenderThis hand drawn pen and ink rendering of a custom Modern Farmhouse designed by Bainbridge Construction is 18 x 24″ on cotton vellum. The house features lots of varying textures, painted wood siding and brick, stone work, metal awnings, composition shingle roof, stained wood beams, and of course the variety of landscaping and sky.  Careful thought is given to the overall design of landscaping to enhance the drawing and let the architectural design hold center stage.

The Breakfast Nook

img_2064Doing some more interior Architectural sketching.  This time it’s the breakfast nook. It’s a small area so this little tulip table and chairs fit perfectly in the space. For this sketch I used markers, pen and ink and colored pencils. And this time I moved over to Bristol paper instead of vellum. Lots more layering going on here so the Bristol has the heft to absorb all the medium. It was fun doing some pen and ink crosshatching in the shadow areas too. I like how hand drawn illustrations of an ordinary space are more interesting than photographs.

A Night Scene


French Creole, Pen & Ink, Markers, 11 x 17″

It’s unusual to see a night time Architectural Rendering but I wanted to give it a try. This French Creole style house designed by Bainbridge is deceptively simple looking. It was much harder to draw than I imagined and working from a photo rather than plans is always more challenging.  At any rate the object here wasn’t so much getting the proportions exactly right as it was to practice getting colors and values right for a night scene.

The tendency with Night scenes is to go too dark with the values.  With so much light streaming out those windows, there’s really going to be a lot of color still visible albeit muted. I’m pleased with the experiment.

This is a very lovely home with all that iron railing work.  I enjoyed all the fun line work involved in rendering this piece.  It was also cool to use a white pen for some back lighting effects.