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finding place/meaning

In my work, I am lucky to collaborate with talented designers;  those that talk about space, place and meaning.

As a design/illustrator, this becomes a reciprocal process. Formulating ideas and working back and forth and scheming in the 3rd dimension is magical.

There are many ways to describe space, but the one on one with a pencil in my hand is where the key communication and collaboration unfold.


Who is the audience? What is the story? What will bring people on this space and why?

Shapes and planes, and values, colors, textures, beauty and scale are just a few players in this iterative process.

The design is unique and the drawings become a great starting point in the architectural design process

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Design/Illustration Solutions

The creative act is thus part of a process, coursing across the synapses of the creator, gradually taking and changing form through exploration and a back-and-forth process that layers and contributes to the narrative of the final work.

Working within various architects’ offices, I have been placed in a new role (besides that of illustrator), that of the architect as a design illustrator. Advances in computer-aided drafting have been a great time saver for many offices—a rendering can now be done with the flick of the wrist and a few clicks—but my clients are also learning, or re-learning, the power of hand drawing.

The process is iterative. As I work alongside the design team, we discuss the nature of the project. I ask questions. I begin to draw by hand. The day flows. My sketches and drawings produce depth, tone, and texture, distinguish hard from soft, and imbue the rough project with a spirit or soul. These sketches inform the team as we continue working through issues, and focusing on the project’s goals. At the end of the day, our team, working through my hand, has created beautiful, solid illustrations, conveying solutions and options to present to the project’s key players.

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Interior Illustration

Illustration requires a keen sense; specifically, collating strong design concepts; collaborating with creative team members and utilizing every tool available to represent appropriately information for a specific audience. As I gather clues and sketch out rough diagrams, I ask my clients “Is this what you have in mind?” The team gets inspired to see their ideas in 3 dimensions and even more flow of ideas are evaluated and discussed, strengthening concept. Soon, I am ready to get to work; combining and reinforcing the views with a dynamic viewpoint, typically eye-level; how one would truly experience the space.

Collaboration is everything!


Exterior Illlustration

In architecture, creativity begins at the eye, travels to the mind, and is executed by hand.

I sketch up plans, elevations, 3-d views; those appropriate concepts are then implemented in the computer; 3- d views come back to me; refinement overlays, tighter lines and with color; ready for scanning, and importantly, ready for tomorrow’s meeting!finalcolorfranz copy 3

Urban Design Illustration

One’s own authentic line provides the designer the essential, evocative direction, so necessary in today’s creative world of architectural design.


Landscape Illustration

The right tool; making good space. Working with architects, developers, interior designers and many more, I get all sorts of background information in which to create an illustration with value; addressing the audience for the work and telling a good story.

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Exterior Landscape Design and Illustration, Weber Thompson Architects 2013