Monday, 29 April 2013

maroubra medium density

Here's a neat little medium density project (20 units) currently being prepared for DA approval.

Double block layout, linked basement with landscaped common outdoor area in the middle. More common decks at the upper level allow views to the city. The rear block looks over the front one.

Simple, low maintenance finishes of "blue steel" face bricks for the bottom two levels and shiny/happy Alucobond for the upper floor. Also using our current medium density aesthetic of expressed balcony pods, slit style highlights and integrated indoor/outdoor, open plan living areas. Lots of simple but effective sun screens on East, North and West sides.

WIll probably change a bit post DRP comments (they always change something...) but hopefully will retain the bulk of the ideas.  


front elevation
upper floor recessive
scale matches domestic scale

NW high view showing arrangement of blocks
on the site

landscaped common area separates the blocks

NE high view

ground floor plan
generous landscaped areas

north elevation

long section

Friday, 26 April 2013

pumpkin dreaming

Just finished a drawing for my favourite girls birthday.

I took a series of scans to document the production process and thought you might be interested in how it was created.

Starting point was to take a pic of the cat (called ... you guessed it... Pumpkin) and then goggle up some pumpkin pics.

Pumpkin on her favourite blanket
random pumpkin pic

trusty blue pencil to set up the main layout of the drawing

add the main character in ink

start inking in the pumpkin surround

start rendering the main elements

finishing the pumpkins

adding the blanket "rough" detail

rub out the blue
although nice to leave some remnants

add orange pencil

add yellow pencil to "lift" the orange

hit it all with a tissue to smooth the colour
rub out "overspray"

add blue and pink "rough" detail to blanket

for this pic I added a heavy line to "punch out" the elements
an alternative would be use a finer pen and render the outlines
(a slightly more softer/fuzzy effect)

sign, trim and add a background trim colour

It's gone into a simple white frame. Looks bright and fun.....  I think she'll like it.