Monday, March 31, 2014

My Big House in 1/4 Scale

Above is an image of the "My Big House" assignment completed for class(IARc 112). For this assignment we were asked to upscale a small thumbnail of the same image into 1/4"=1' scale. (Thumbnail shown below).
While doing this assignment I tried to learn faster ways of scaling items with my architectural ruler, although, I think I need more practice with this because it still took quite a bit of time to complete this assignment. I also tried to play with color while rendering, I tried to coordinate hues across the house without repeating too much of the same color but because my color pallet was limited (not enough colored pencils) I feel like I could work on this a bit more (starting with buying more colors).
Overall, I liked this assignment a lot as it was both fun and relaxing to work on. 

UPDATE 3/31/2014
After coming back from spring break, we worked a bit more on "my big house" this time focusing on section drawings from various points on the floor plan. The images below are my rough/first drafts of sections:
Section "A" and "B" shown above were taken directly from the original floor plans section indicators. I feel overall it was a good attempt, however, a few mistakes were made here and there that I was unaware of that I fixed in the second draft.

For section "C" and "D" I chose the location in which to focus the section drawing on. Because "A" and "B" were inside the homes interior I chose to focus "C" and "D" on the exterior (although section "C" is kind of a mix between interior and exterior; as it goes through the garage but not the front of the home). Again, some mistakes were made when I drew this out that I was unaware of and fixed in the second draft.

The above sections are the second drafts I did. I did them a little "out of order" when drawing them out on the tracing paper-which was unintentional but it just sort of happened that way. I chose to do another section drawing of the interior (section "E") that wasn't included in my rough draft sections. I wanted to try my hand at the fireplace within the space, because it sits at a diagonal. I found that drawing out things in a section that appear on a diagonal to be quite challenging (there are some steps in section "D" that are diagonal as well). So, I wanted to give myself another opportunity to try my hand at it. Through this process, and the smaller sections I did for "my little house" I've come to realize that I enjoy drawing sections out. I'm not exactly sure why but I find the process somewhat relaxing.

*You can see the sections I drew for "my little house" here in another blog posting.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Color Week

The class began color week shortly after our return from spring break. Below is an image of the work produced during the week:

The image shown above illustrates half the work I'd done during color week. The other half is currently waiting to be mounted on a board with the work shown above. I'm waiting for this display of color to come down before it is finished (as this will be mounted with it).  
I tried to do each item twice to challenge myself further with color to help gain a better understanding of how they work with each other.
*these items were not scanned because it blew the color way out of proportion. For example, a green would scan in as an orange-it was very odd and threw the color combinations off beyond belief.
Below are images of the entire classes work and its display on the wall in studio:  

UPDATE 4/10/2014:

After completion of color week, I decided to place the work I'd done on a board for better display. I also did a bit of "extra" work for personal study, so placing everything on a uniform board allowed for better viewing of the finished pieces. Below is an image of the board created:

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Platonic Forms Made to Honor Novem Mason

In honor of Novem Mason's pioneering advances within the Interior Architecture department during his chairmanship in the 1990's our class worked on platonic forms for the upcoming symposium the department is holding.

While working on this project, we focused on our craft, trying as best as we could humanly do to make the edges look as seamless as possible as well as making sure the size is where it needs to be. (12 inches in height/length/width depending on the shape each person was focusing on).

Below are images of the shapes I created for this project:

 These are the three Tetrahedron shapes I did for the project. The tetrahedron in the center was the first shape done, and is 10 inches in length vs. the required 12. I did this on purpose to get a feel for the material I chose to work with (foam core poster board) and also to help practice  with the gluing method I chose to work with (hot glue). From there I did two additional shapes in the correct dimensions required for the project.
 Top view of the three tetrahedron's.
 Side view of one of the 12 inch tetrahedron's and the shorter 10 inch one.
Grouping of all three tetrahedron's.
From there I chose to try my hand as making a platonic form out of what I love best-yarn! I worked for 4 straight days on this shape; first, creating the square panels needed for the sides out of white 4 play/weighted yarn. I chose to do this in a double crochet stitch with two strands of yarn at once to add weight a bulk to the piece so that the finished product would be thick, plush and less "hole" filled. After the panels were created I then slip stitch four together creating a bottomless and topless square. I then slip stitched the top onto the piece leaving a hole on the bottom to slip in the exoskeleton I created with wooden dowels and bristol board.
The next day in class I went down to the woodshop in the Gatewood building and cut four 12 inch dowels for the side posts of the shape. I then cut eight 11 inch dowels for the inserts between the side posts. Because the dowels were 1/2 inch in thickness around I knew the inserts needed to be 11 inches in length to create a 12x12x12 cubic box/shape. From there I hot glued Bristol board on the sides to add a bit of strength and durability to the overall shape. I then slipped on the crochet piece and slip stitched the remaining panel on the bottom.
Below are images of the final platonic form:

Image of one side of the piece.
A corner image of the piece.
I really enjoyed working on this project because it gave me an opportunity to work with a material I'd never really worked with in the past (foam core poster board) for anything other than a presentation board. I really liked cutting into that and seeing the shape come together. And, I love crocheting so working on the crochet piece was a lot of fun for me to think about how to execute this properly in order to create a clean polished piece. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Push/Pin Board

Over winter break (2013) I worked on a push/pin board using the fabric I designed in my previous semesters studio class. Before leaving to go on winter break I took some time to cut out 4 pieces of wood to be used as the frame on the project as well as cut out a larger backing board for the piece using particle board. I then stained the frame with a walnut stain I felt would work with the hues found in the fabric.

From there I went to the local craft store and picked up a few buttons, some ribbon I felt worked with the piece and some quilting polyester backing. From there I began assembling the project. I began by stapling the quilting foam to the partial board backing I cut with a staple gun. I made sure to pay extra close attention to the corners and tightness of the overall foam, so when finished the piece wouldn't appear "loose and sloppy". I then cut out the appropriate amount of fabric needed and began stapling that on top of the foam and partial board backing. Again, paying attention to the edges, tightness and corners. I then arranged the ribbon in a criss-cross pattern I felt looked appealing and stapled that into position. From there, I took 1/2 long nails and hammered the ribbon together on the cross points in which it met another ribbon; and then glued the button into place covering the nail head. After that was all done, I assembled the frame around the board using a series of flat and "L" brackets.

The finished piece looks as follows:

I really enjoyed putting this piece together, because I love working with my hands and coming up with new, exciting and challenging things for myself to work out and try to complete. Also, I hate wasting materials. the wood used for this project came from a previous project I'd worked on in a past studio class (it was left over after I'd completed that project) and the fabric I had become attached to because I designed the pattern myself and didn't want to throw it away or see it sitting endlessly in a corner unused and untouched.

*More information regarding the inspiration behind the pattern design can be read here on my blog.

Friday, March 21, 2014

My Little House

A few weeks ago, we began working on "My Little House" in our drawing/drafting class (IARc 112). The following are images of the work produced during this project:

When beginning this project, I found it easier to draw the house out on graph paper because the squares are all measured out for you, making your life a little easier as far as measurements go. Most of the class did these first 6 or so drafts on trash/tracing paper, but I decided to march to my own beat.

The first draft shown below was drawn out to the measurements given in class by Beth and Stole. This plan was referred to as the "existing" plan for the remainder of the project.

From there, I did a second draft correcting the mistake I made in the first draft (direction the house was drawn in).

Then we began adding in furniture (the dimensions of the furniture and placement, were also given by both Stole and Beth); and we raised the windows further off the ground and/or its location altogether to accommodate the furniture within the house. This was drawn out twice to illustrate the original "existing" plan with the furniture in it and then shown with the changes made and the furniture in the space:

The following drafts were done to illustrate the dimensions of the inside and outside of the house. While also being careful to note the window height/changes and overall room dimensions.
From there the drafts were done again on vellum to help polish the overall presentation of the completed work done so far. The following four images are of the existing floor plan, the redesigned floor plan with the furniture, as well as the dimensions of the exterior and interior.

 From there we were asked to redraw the floor plan out on vellum and render the space in a proposed color scheme. When I began this portion of the project I was relatively new to working with my Copic pens, and I feel that is a little evident in the rendering shown below. However, I do still like its eclectic, shabby chic color family...

We were then asked to draw out one point perspectives of the existing floor plan and the new proposed floor plan. This process was very time consuming, however, I really enjoyed the process and overall outcome of the drawings. I did change the overall proposed color scheme just to see what it would look like. With this color scheme I went with lighter tones, that I feel gave the space an overall "cheery" appearance.

This one point perspective is of the existing floor plan. ^

The top two images above are one point perspectives of the new proposed floor plan. ^

Then lastly, before spring break, we were tasked with drawing out 5 section drawings of the new proposed floor plan (not the existing floor plan). One of drawings was to be the actual floor plan and the next four were of possible furniture arrangements that could instead be made. The section drawing for the proposed floor plan is shown in the bottom middle image, the other 4 images are of possible furniture arrangements.

Looking back at this project I feel I learned a lot regarding dimensioning a room, both inside and outside as well as furniture. Also the one point perspective and sections drawings were really educational for me as I'd never attempted them before. I had a lot of fun completing this project due to all the things I was learning and watching them come together with further practice of each new task.
UPDATE 3/30/2014
After receiving some feedback from both classmates and my instructors on the section views done for "my little house" I updated them using the feedback I received. Below are the updated images:
The two most repeated critiques given about my section views involved the way in which I rendered the doors as well as the lack of figure references in the drawings. So, I tried my best to update those two things; I feel they look better now than they did prior to these revisions.  
UPDATE 5/1/2014
After receiving some feedback on how I could improve my one point perspectives of "This Little House" (and getting some extra time to re-draw them) I re-did all three, focusing on the feedback and trying to improve my rendering. Below are images of the one point perspectives I re-drew:

Areas of change:
  • Added a baseboard
  • Added depth to all windows (except back wall)
  • Added depth to door frame (except back wall)
  • Added depth to desk chair
  • Added countertop to kitchen counters
  • Added interest to outside of windows
  • Worked on improving rendering
  • Adding in more areas of shadow and light

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Going Nuts!

Below is a scanned image of the "going nuts!" assignment given in 112 class.
We were tasked with drawing various orthographic views of a pistachio using graphite-totaling 10 images, 5 of which needed to be actual size of the nut and the remaining 5 needed to be at least 5x the actual size.