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Hand Drawing/Photoshop Hybrid - Interior Perspective

Recently, I have been doing more and more drawing hybrid overlays that began as views from Revit Model and Sketch-Up Model views. This process has been an effective and efficient way to test out ideas quickly and then using Photoshop to add quick color and entourage to generate convincing spaces for design team collaboration and interim presentations for the client.

This drawing effort was for a hospital waiting room (right) and was created during a client meeting and all blocked out, drawn, and Photoshopped with the client. I have found having the client directly involved with the process advocated a more collaborative effort between designer and client and  they appreciated being able to see the design views materialize before their eyes. 


Step 1: Red Pencil Blockout. Red pencil blockout was drawn over a printed view from the Revit Model. Drawing is on trace and was taped over a black and white print. Using a straightedge, I added massings of the couches, chairs, and articulation in the ceiling and hallway openings. The blockout phase allowed me to try out a number of different seating options and ceiling designs quickly before committing them to a final black ink drawing (20 minutes)


Step 2: Overlay Ink Line Drawing. I taped another clean sheet of trace paper over the redline block out and produced a final ink line drawing. I used freehand on the linework to give a "looser" feel to the image. On normal drawings and sketches, I usually add people, but for this particular work, all color, shades and shadows, and entourage will be done in Photoshop. (10 Minutes)

Step 3: Final Photoshop Image Montage and Color Rendering.  For the final step, I scanned and imported the linework into Photoshop. The walls, glass signage, floor, ceiling, and people were all on separate layers in order to control hierarchy and transparencies. Utilizing gradients and filters, I was able to create interesting effects for the dropped ceiling (in blue) and the floor. You'll notice that the final work is not overly-rendered which is the effect that I wanted. Therefore, I accomplished an effective and balanced view that was then exported into a final presentation in powerpoint and on a final presentation board. The artwork size is 11"x17" and set at 200dpi. (25 Minutes)

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Comment by Dave Wells on July 12, 2012 at 6:42am

Good stuff!

Comment by steve dimes on December 6, 2011 at 8:58am

This style and method is great for concept level work and gets the whole design direction moving very quickly. Brian, would you like to try this with some hand drawn entourage people from our Add Life collections. If you see any you like just let me know. Thats at

Comment by Tamara Farrington on December 5, 2011 at 6:50am

Thanks, Brian, I plan to share this with my students.

Comment by Thomas Hillis on December 5, 2011 at 4:38am

This is a perfect way to keep interest in hand drawing, by showing techniques that might have been overlooked, and often.  It is an inspiration to me and I'm sure, others. Thanks!

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