visualist = a person who is taking concepts & putting them in 2 or 3 dimensional form for presentations
How do we use SketchUp in our design process?
about producing photorealistic drawings:
misconceptions: photo realistic renderings leaves nothing to chance
trace/ sketch engages the client in the process. photo realistic gives the appearance of finality
clients can add their imagination, fill in the blanks, for the sketch
where does the client fit into the process?
where does the client become comfortable or uncomfortable in that dialogue?
too realistic in photo renderings we are locking the client out
the client is hungry for it. they want it
showing the full rendering at an initial meeting. suddenly they're caught up in the pink brink as opposed to the overall design and design concept.
clients are generally more visual than they think they are
concept development of an idea; you as a visualist, a designer, need to make a strategic decision on what the best way of communicating to the client is. what medium. time constraints. where in the process. concept? fundraising? on the market?
projects has many lives through conception to completion. understanding the risks of photo realism. understand the audience. client? city? neighborhood?
key word: process. clients often want to know way to much too early. the design grows & develops. clients have to be open to these changes.
understanding client expectations
ITS ALL ABOUT CONTEXT
have sensitivity to the site, context, entourage
reality of context: new trees won't appear big old & aged! accuracy of landscape. dress code of the scale models.
where do we get context? inspiration?
send Jim your stuff!
get the word out
keep the fire alive about artistic renderings
Common Technique for hybrid illustrations:
other programs per preference
Start with a jpeg export brought out of SketchUp.
shaded without textures
Duplicate image & start editing in Photoshop
Some key points:
Bring in a variety of layers
20 adjustment layers
many addt'l tree layers
Radiocity layer - black & white version
cheetah 3d: mac
imports cameras from sketchup so you can maintain view point
podium would be a great option as well
use many adjustment layers
poster-izing. increases contrast
overlay mode most important layer mode
add a gradient on top to add more interest
export lines as a dwg
issue: continuous lines are severed by perpendicular connecting lines
fix: bring dwg into cad
then use "squiggle"
settings in squiggle are fairly complex. long learning curve
create line weights base on layers
a similar program is "scribble"
watercolor paper effect:
you can download images from the net
use it as an overlay, set it at 10% - 20%
takes white, makes it super light
and black, makes it super dark
photos of trees filtered
experiment with them, but one of the best ones