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The blog serves as a collection space for a variety of musings and observations of the world around us...through the use of sketches, drawings, photos, images and videos...intended to be shared and to stimulate thoughts, ideas and inspirations...douglas wittnebel

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The November issue of The Oaktown magazine is out on the digital newstands...Family issue!

 
 
The November issue of The Oaktown magazine is out on the digital newstands...Family issue!

The extended  families of the cool container cranes of West Oakland have finally had the chance to meet the extended and mulitple families of Turkeys in the hills of East Oakland...

 
 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Perspective sketching for Interiors class at U.C. Berkeley Extension, and a bit on Masaccio and Brunelleschi...

 

A progress stage photo from the Sketching for Interiors class at U.C. Berkeley Extension,  this time a focus on the rectangular volume, sitting and standing...and thinking a bit about Masaccio and Brunelleschi...
 
 
 
and a short bit on the art of perspective from: 
http://www.op-art.co.uk/history/perspective/
First Perspective – Fillipo Brunelleschi & Masaccio
 

Masaccio – The Tribute Money c.1426-27 Fresco, The Brancacci Chapel, Florence
 
 
 
The first known picture to make use of linear perspective was created by the Florentine architect Fillipo Brunelleshi (1377-1446). Painted in 1415, it depicted the Baptistery in Florence from the front gate of the unfinished cathedral. The linear perspective system projected the illusion of depth onto a two dimensional plane by use of ‘vanishing points’ to which all lines converged, at eye level, on the horizon. Soon after Brunelleshi’s painting, the concept caught on and many Italian artists started to use linear perspective in their paintings.
 
Masaccio (1401 – 1428) the first great painter of the early Renaissance period, was the first artist who demonstrated full command of the new rules of perspective; the figures in his paintings have volume and the buildings and landscapes realistically recede into the distance. Masaccio is seen now as being the initiator of the new style of Florentine Realism.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Boston banner illustration installation

...and now I have received a photo from Jeanne Nutt in our Gensler Boston office, where we can see the installation of the Boston illustration.  Super! 
 



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

From crayons to ink on paper

There is something still so magical about crayons...

It is fun to go back and try them again and again.  Now where is that box with the built-in sharpener?


Friday, October 24, 2014

Boston banner progress and detail

...detail of left side of banner for Boston meetings, including the Museum of Fine Arts and the wonderfully proportioned Boston Public Library by McKim Mead and White...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Boston meetings illustration

 
 *second stage of the drawing, U.S.S.Constitution masts and rigging, Trinity Church
 
 
*first stage of the drawing, using the Charles River as the background image

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Muji and Uniqlo, design and experience blog link

 

"...Memories. That is what design experience is really all about. That is what design retail experience is all about. Embracing personal memories and creating new ones. 

I remember my first visit to Mujirushi (now Muji Global) Tokyo in 1992. The shop was located in Aoyama, across from the Meiji dori and the multi-leveled and formative shaped building Spiral dreamed by Fumihiko Maki in the late 1980s of Bubble Japan..."

 
beckoning kitty welcome 



the business card case holder

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tokyo Sky Tree, the tower and the features illustrated...



Tokyo Skytree 東京スカイツリー is a broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower located in Sumida, Tokyo.   It  reached its full height of 634.0 metres (2,080 ft) in March 2011, making it the tallest tower in the world, and the second tallest structure in the world after Burj (829.8 m/2,722 ft).
You can ascend the tower by high speed elevators and reach two observation levels shown in the illustration.  The wait in line can be quite long, so reservations online are highly recommended.   Once you do reach the upper branches of the tree, the views are spectacular, and Mount Fuji looks larger than ever before!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_Skytree



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tokyo Sky Tree, single frame view

The story about the Tokyo Sky Tree is very interesting, especially in view of the recent articles about architects and towers reaching higher and higher each year...

Here is a view of my illustration right after the organic growth of solar leaves sprout...




Grand Canyon Sketches 2009

Grand Canyon Sketches 2009
a selection of sketches from the Grand Canyon