Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Scale Figures

I find these two scale figures to be my most successful. Although they were done in a matter of seconds, I was still able to capture the scale, the position, and other important aspects of the person I was drawing. Both of the drawings relate that it is an adult human scale figure. One is sitting, and the other is standing. The top one was more abstract in the way that it is created from only geometric shapes, whereas the bottom one is only the outline.

Best Drawing


I find this drawing as one of my drawing. Not only did I receive a check plus, but also because I paid attention to the line quality and thickness. I had never experienced drawing a plan oblique before, and interpreting the drawing and orthographics so well on a first try is extremely rare for me. Throughout the semester I have learned so much about drafting, drawing, and the importance of taking your time. I have worked so long for these past few months and dedicated many hours to this class and I can tell that it has paid off by how much I have learned and improved.

4th Year Presentation

The 4th year presentation was similar and different to the ones that we have had before. I understood how we are supposed to dress and act professional by seeing this group in dresses and suits standing at the front of the room addressing the audience with such matureness.

Not only did they have a board to convey their ideas, but they also had models at every station. Most of them were made from wood, matte board/ cardboard, plexiglass, foam core, and paper. So not very hard materials to understand, but it is amazing how much they can make and how well with such simple materials.

The amount of work and kind of work definitely differs a huge amount from what we are doing now. Not only are they creating a building (their first), but in doing so, they have to think about natural light, safety, sustainability, history, the community/neighborhood, nature, topography, and even have to take polls and questionnaires to the people that will be affected. I cannot wait to be able to impact just a big group for the better and be able to give back to a community in such a big way.

Final Luminaire

My final luminaire is made from 3/32 inch thick Basswood. In making this project, I learned more about how a cube is made with all sides, like an orthographic layout should be. I also was able to experiment with different binding agents. The wood is held together by Zap-a-Gap, the paper is held together by clear tape and glue, and I used double-sided tape to hold the paper to the wood. Although I did stick to the idea of keeping a paper box inside, it is not vellum. Instead I decided to use printer paper because the lightbulb was hidden in vellum, but still very bright and instead of buying more light bulbs, I used a thicker paper.

Process of Light

After the globe/sphere idea, I decided to go with a more cube shape. I bought a plexiglass box, but when I put the lightbulb in it, I didn't like that you could see the  lightbulb, and see it very bright. To fix this problem, I bought some spray frost, that looks like ice, but when I lit it up again, the bulb was still just as bright.

Next I decided to go with some color, like I did in the sphere. I bought red transparencies, made a box, and then tried cutting the branch form out of it. It turned out flimsy and just not sturdy. Then I added a box of vellum on the inside to hide the lightbulb with, which worked very well.

My next idea was to make it our of wood. This though came to me at midnight one night while I was working on it. I decided to make a model of it so that I wouldn't forget. This model was made from Balsa wood, which turned out to be too weak. Every time I would cut with the grain, it would just split all the way. I stuck with the vellum box inside to hide the lightbulb.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Luminaire sketch model

This is both sides of my sketch model. I would need something to hold the two halves together because there wouldn't be a way, using paper (which is what I have explored so far) to have them connected naturally, without using tape or some other for of adhesive. 

The separate sides:

I want to use a silhouette of a figure that is curvy and abstract, but still recognizable. Japanese lanterns usually have a cherry blossom branch incorporated into them, and I wanted to adopt and make that technique my own.

This image is how I would like for my luminaire to be. I would like half of it to be just the cut out of the object, like the roots, and the other half to be just the object, like the trunk of the picture.

This is also a similar picture to the one above. I would want half of my branch- like figure seem white, by the light showing through it, and the other half to appear black because the light will be shining all around it.
Two other ways that I was thinking about making the branch silhouette is carving it out of wood, and then attaching the wood together to make it, like the picture below does.

The other way was making a mosaic of and just leaving the branch untouched, either white or black to contrast with the color mosaic, like below.


I chose these 3 sketches because I tried to use the entire page for all of them. For the last 2, I didn't use shadows. Instead, I concentrated on the outline and detail of the sketch. On the first one, I could have practiced a bit more on drawing the actual bottle, but I was looking more at the light through it and the shadow it made with the orange. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Caitlyn Whisenant's wood project sketch

Caitlyn's drawing is an excellent one of showing how to use the entire page. She didn't make the object fill the whole page, but she practiced shading in the extra space. But her shading is also phenomenal. It is obvious that she used a strong light. We are able to see where the light source is compared to the object.

Chelsea Epes's wood project sketch

I chose this sketch of hers because of the line quality and the line detail. She made the objects closest to the person the darkest, and even added some darkness where the wood intersect the piece behind it, giving the segment depth and shadow. She made sure to pay special attention to the wood grain, making it easy to see how and where she cute the pieces out of the 2x4 by following the grain. This drawing was one of her best in the way that she captured the image.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Section of wood project

This is a section of the larger scale model. It is meant to show how the wood is held together. I cut slits ing the top of each piece, the same width as the piece  it would be attached to. Then, with a little bit of pushing and wiggling, the pieces fit close together and are stable. I found, though, that if I cut the slits deeper down into the wood, then the more sturdy it would become.
This is the larger scale model that I made of the semi-circles. I realized that by having the object about 3 feet high was, different, yes, but also not as aesthetically pleasing. The spirals and alternation that I had created wasn't as evident as in the smaller scale, so I decided to stick with the 3 inch semi-circles.

Wood Project (model)

At first, this model as supposed to be a scaled down version of the actual product, but after making another model that was supposed to the actual size, i realized that the spiral staircase effect disappeared when the pieces got larger and farther apart. I found that the smaller scaled pieces gave the look that I was going for much clearer than the larger one.

Project Board

For light light effect I chose to represent how the opposite side of a lighted object is always darker than the illuminated side, making a silhouette. I regret making the little glitter effects on the side of each representation. I got the idea of the 3D wooden platform from looking the at work in the gallery of more experienced Interior Architects. Despite what most people have said, I do find my 3D diagram to be helpful in understanding the phenomenon, although it is no where near as appealing as my actual picture.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tadao Ando

Light is a visible, natural phenomenon that illuminates objects. It is beneficial to humans, animals, and even plants. Ando believed that natural light and architecture was so precious that it shouldn't be vandalized, so he manipulated the light through the interior and exteriors of buildings. In this day and age, humans tend to get right down to the construction of tearing down objects that they perceive gets in their way, when in actuality, said objects could benefit them. I believe that Ando's thoughts on preserving natural and human-made objects is honorable because it's a new way of thinking, a new way that more people should adopt.
This picture is of an office building that Ando designed in Tokyo. He placed the building so well that the entire structure obtains more natural light than it does artificial. The light premiers the detailed steel ceiling, making this probably the most aesthetic work area made by man.

This church that Ando made is just breath-taking. It captures the whole concept of what the building is for in the actual construction. He allowed the only window in the entire room to be a cross, which is overwhelmingly filled with symbolism. In this dark room, the only luminary is a cross, so powerful. 

Tadao Ando is almost the complete opposite of Toyo Ito. Ito is known for his transparent buildings, whereas Ando uses concrete to construct his buildings.  

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

S.B. Seating System

After I got this assignment back, I realized that I should have just slowed don, taken a step back, and looked at the drawing. It's so obvious now that I should have put the back piece on the Plan Oblique. But I would have to say that I like my placement and the placement of my lettering.

Object A & B (Plan Oblique)

This is my least favorite pictorial. To me, it skews the object too much, making it too unrealistic. Personally, if I had to choose, I wouldn't portray an object in this view for a client. My circle in this drawing is much better than that of the Elevation Oblique. But I could still work on my lettering, which currently is getting better every time I write.

Object A & B (Elevation Oblique)

This drawing is not new to me, but the name is. I was never taught that there was different Obliques. In this drawing, I think I could have made a better circle, it look very uneven and blockish. Also, my lettering, especially the "J's" could have been better if I used a straight edge for it, rather than curving the entire bottom. But I am getting better at visualizing an image, like Object B and being able to translate it onto paper.

Object A & B (Isometric)

I think that I have gotten to the point where I have become skilled in drawing Isometrics, but I have yet to fully understand the "triangle method of drawing circles". I just plot out the square and the midpoints of each segment, skip the triangles, and then draw the isometric circle using 2 different circles. Or just find a template that matches. But I have been trying to work on my line weight to try to make it as consistent as possible. This was my first check plus and I was so happy when I found out!

Monday, October 4, 2010

First critique of twigs

This was my idea for the "Battle of Wisteria". After making this, I was not content. I kept thinking that I would never give this as a gift to one of my loved ones, which is the way in which I judge my projects. My binding agent was originally going to be barbed wire, but I quickly learned that it it not sold everywhere and only sold in HUGE amounts.

second to last try of twigs

This was the step before I tried to expose the inside of the tetrahedron. At this point, I was still using a hot-glue gun, as proven on the joints. I then, after many failed attempts, came up with the binding agent that would dry clear, which was simple Elmer's glue. Never over look the obvious.

Try 1 of Twigs

This was my first experiment to try to simplify the project. I tried to make the tetrahedron out of only 3 sheets of paper, but finding a binding agent proved harder since the inside would be exposed.

Practice 12 twigs

In this experiment, I used plain notebook paper to try to create my project by only using 1 single sheet of paper, rather than many triangles put together. On notebook paper it worked out, but on the paper that I chose, it didn't work out.

Final Stwig (Inside)

At this angle of my finished project, I wanted to emphasize what the twigs were doing inside, which is criss-crossing to form another triangle.

12 Twigs

With this project, my first thought was to have a "Battle against Wisteria", but by using the triangle that was the most compelling aspect of my first try, I pierced my 12 red twigs through a white tetrahedron. 

Leaf Project

This is my finished "place for a leaf". My first idea was to make the paper represent the sun and the nourishment it provided all living things, including leaves, but then it evolved into something much more advanced. With the help of everyone's opinion and my interpretation, I changed the assignment to be more like making a place for the paper.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wisteria Stwig

I found this Wisteria twig by the side of my house as I was cutting down the main trunk for a project. I decided to choose this drawing because I was instantly captivated by the end, that some have said looks like a paint brush. The end was broken off, revealing many different layers and colors which I represented by the different shading. This drawing stood out from the rest of mine because I placed the twig in the center of the page so that the twig engaged the whole page instead of just a small portion, making the negative space less noticeable.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Everyday Inspiration

I find inspiration in everyday life. Every corner I turn, every sign I see gives me a new idea and previous ideas that I can edit and make my own. To perfect the image or object to my standards and mind set.