Saturday, April 25, 2015
A selection of illustrations created for several topics in the HR news email bulletin at Gensler, all created with an draft freehand sketch and an overlay final with Adobe apps.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Some weekend open times have allowed me to test and try the canvas once again, with a series of layered and striped attitudes in colors of day and night...
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Much to my surprise all the protective gear I was wearing was not enough to guard against burns. I learned this the hard way when I let one of my glove encased forearms linger near the heat. In a matter of nanoseconds, the heat singed my forearm hair, and the smell of burnt hair hung in the air.
A blacksmith's tools. Image © Douglas Wittnebel
The sheer amount of heat it takes to mold and shape metal is one of the most incredible things about blacksmithing. I recently took my first blacksmithing class with the Crucible team in West Oakland, Calif. As someone who paints, builds furniture, and even tinkers with robots, I consider myself to have a strong understanding of both the challenges and wonders intrinsic to DIY activities. But blacksmithing left me with a more profound appreciation of the sheer amount of energy it takes to transform raw steel into something useable. The intense heat and look of the massive and heavy gas powered forge, that glowing reddish orange light reminiscent of the sun, imbues a sense of respect into the novice student. Part of this respect stems from fear of getting burned, while the rest arises from the awe you feel standing so close to the source of energy that makes working with steel possible.
Blacksmithing challenged me by forcing me to think and design what it is I wanted to make while I was simultaneously heating the metal and hammering into shape. It’s akin to drawing or sculpting in space, except rather than working with relatively benign brushes and pencils you’re relying on the heat from a 2,000F + degree forge to turn one of the hardest substances on earth into a malleable, shapeable material...
Friday, April 3, 2015
|...a page from the digital file drawings from the process of book illustrations...|
Here is a set of the developed color versions for the illustrations created for the chapter headings and section headers of the newly released book by Art Gensler. [ Art's Principles ]
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Another version of the cityscape series, a set of paintings that explore the landscape of cities and urban environments ...
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Another view of the inside corner from the drawing wall at Gensler Oakland, hand-drawn by the talented staff in moments of true inspiration...
Friday, March 20, 2015
The zeppelin, the pagoda and the walking building ala Ron Herron on the drawing wall in the Gensler Oakland office...
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Some additional drawings of buildings and landscapes have been added by the staff and myself to the temporary drawing wall in the Gensler Oakland office.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Freshly painted sky and clouds on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, painted with Procreate app on iPad.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
My article on memories and buildings in Oakland, part one...
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Saturday, January 24, 2015
End state of the creative process of Blacksmithing session at the Crucible in Oakland, I found the need for sketching and drawing the ideas while hammering and flattening and twisting the heated state of the metal ...
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Created a cartoon graphic for part of the welcoming package for staff coming to the new office for Gensler in Oakland...