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new work, new designs; lately

The practice of defining architectural form involves a multitude of talents; primary among these is the ability to communicate ideas, whether it is a presentation before a client, a public meeting, or a charrette. Design ideas should be clear and accurate, and promote useful instruction.

The drawn line responds to the “changes of rhythm and feelings of surface and space” that are created by the work of architecture. A hand drawing can thus become part of the narrative of a building project, and it can be the starting point for the conversation on a project, or help that discussion to move forward.ped_thru-sm copy

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about Design Drawing, workshop offering

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design + illustration = success

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As I see it.

Illustration + Design = Success.

My work feels the most authentic when I am wearing my design + illustration cap.

This 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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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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iPad drawing programs offer me quick color response while simulating concepts and ideas. A valuable tool in design; one I hope to begin utilizing consistently in 2016. A clarity of shape and form defined by color is a healthy approach and with a tap of a (2) fingers, shapes disappear in a flash and one can then choose another, one more compatible; ‘that’s the one.’

Texture, line, color, shape, composition become easily attainable; it’s translation onto hard copy; aka, by hand, is next and perhaps, is easily described; a blueprint of sorts to keep oneself, ‘in the doing’ and with a directed plan.

One design element at a time for me; color is a solid and much needed 2016 resolution; iPad and its many drawing apps; helpful tools.

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AN ALPHABUGS coloring book: adventures in entomology

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It’s ready and available.

AN ALPHABUGS coloring  book:  adventures  in  entomology 

Order here:

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“Bugs, Bugs, and More Bugs”…a fascinating sampling of the insect world, ranging from A through Z.

These thoroughly-researched illustrations of Alphabugs, has been reviewed for accuracy by a University Professor of Entomology.

Included are ant lions and bark beetles, japygids and katydids,

whirligig beetles and zebra swallowtails…and everything in between.

In short, something for everyone!

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what if?

great paper and a pencil, smart ideas and doodles; new directions.

Finishing up another sketchbook this morning, waning pages; soon a blank slate.

Looking back since the first page started in June:

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a middle section:

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by July:

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and my last few pages:

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visual thoughts, ingrained and purposeful for all my hats: architect, illustrator, artist and teacher.

open one, and begin.

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it’s in the doing.

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communication is critical; collaboration is essential

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A Richer Experience

The practice of defining architectural form involves a multitude of talents; primary among these is the ability to communicate ideas, whether it is a presentation before a client, a public meeting, or a charrette. Design ideas should be clear and accurate, and promote useful instruction.

Energy and Color

Anita Lehmann is a registered architect whose skills include design, community planning, graphic design, illustration, and teaching. For over 25 years, her wide-ranging expertise and collaborative work process have produced outstanding design solutions that communicate the essential nature of each project.

Better Solutions, Creatively

Communication is not a one-way street: ideas must be shared to be enhanced, and to evolve toward the best design solutions.

meanwhile, back in Seattle

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