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ARCHITECTURAL ILLUSTRATION

Posted by blogpmm on November 30, 2009

ARCHITECTURAL ILLUSTRATION.2006.Johore: AJ REKA Press.159 pp.Reviewed by Jomaithir b.Johari.ISBN-983-40716-0-4

Jomaithir b.Johari is widely recognized as a leading architectural illustration. He has a deep and varied experience since he has graduated from UiTM 1999, his early days as a young part time illustrator begin while he was still a student in UiTM. He worked for ALMA Architect as a full time illustrator for a couple of years. Now he has his own practice (AJ REKA) since 2000 and has provided illustration services to housing developers, architects, town planners, interior designers, landscape architect and government department. He also have been published in news media, magazines, newspapers as well as in brochures of housing projects in Malaysia and published a few books on architectural illustration.

THE BOOK’S OBJECTIVE
i. To improve the skill of students in producing architectural
Perspective.
ii. To guide architectural students in solving three dimensional presentation drawing complications and difficulties.
iii. To teach ‘short’s-cuts’, tips and effective methods in achieving good perspective presentations.
iv. Usage of perspective in conveying design ideas.

CONCEPT
This book is published on the basis to ‘help and improve’ the quality of illustration, perspective and sketches for architectural, landscape, interior, planning, graphic students in universities, colleagues, polytechnics nation wide.

1st Chapter
(Tips and Guidelines)

This chapter explains the methods and process of creating a sketch and perspective. Let’s get a bit more in depth with the elements of drawing. Line is the most basic element of the drawing. A single line will segment your piece of paper, can be uniform and convey more information with a single line of varying widths. (page 5)
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Shape is the white area on the paper. It is presented between two or more lines, or is the thing that is enclosed by line. Shape helps define the object that is depicted to make up the object in the drawing.(page 7)
Proportion is what dictates that, in humans same length and width. If proportion is incorrect in drawing it “doesn’t look right”.

Perspective is the illusion that further away things appear smaller. To make something appear to be father away from the viewer than the picture plane, draw it smaller than the object that is close to the picture plane.(p.7)

2nd Chapter
(Loose Sketches)
The use of mixed line thickness creates a 3D effect. It is also able to create shadow and toner especially when simulating a sun oriented perspective. The sides which received the most sunlight , lines will apply in minimum hatching and if sunlight is light to the surface of object, the hatching will apply in maximum effect.(p.41)

3rd Chapter
(Tips and Guidelines Urban Sketches)
Emphasizes on existing urban sketches and also proposed/impression of an urban setting. Attention to be given to existing urban elements such as street furniture, historical buildings, new buildings, surrounding environment, human activities, vehicles,etc. Drawing are divided into two technique (on location/life sketches) and (skill drawing) sketches done using the printed media likes photo prints, digital images, magazines.

Tips to draw an urban sketch
i. Find the most comfortable spot(shady, safe)
ii. Determine a stationary/static object as a point of reference.
iii. Get a hard surface material a base for your drawing paper(board , plywood )
iv. Draw at the centre of your drawing block/paper and at the side type/write some notes of activities done.(page 69)

4th Chapter (Figure and Transportation)
(Urban Sketches)

Figures and transportation in sketches very important to help to strengthen a perspective/sketch(scale& proportion) Sketch a basic human figure to achieve the correct proportion in illustration drawing.

Drawing a figure at distance of 3 meters,30 meters and 100 meters is different even though using the same tools and at the same angle. For a figure drawn from a distance of 3 meters, the facial expressions, clothing and activity must be shown clearly. For a distance of 30 meters, only the basic forms of a head, legs, arms and body is sufficient. For a figure drawn from a distance of 100 meters, just show the outline of the form ,on page 109

5th Chapter
(Detailed Sketches)
In this particular sketch, details and intricacy of an object is important. The sketch carries an image of the area and the details are important. It gives people an idea of the whole area. Focus activity is the important thing to make your drawing more interesting. In certain sketch, activity plays an important role to convey a particular massage. It could enhance the overall character and environment of the sketch.

This book is attractively design and printed. Pictures in this book is very clear and helpful to the peoples want to improved or learning thru technique in get best presentation drawing. The author.s wide-ranging personnel experience in the area makes this book an invaluable source of information and thought. The book presents a refreshing new approach and contains in best illustration drawing. I strongly recommend this book especially for the interested readers and students in design courses.

By;
Maria Binti Mohammad
Jabatan Kejuruteraan Awam,
Politeknik Merlimau,
Jalan Jasin 77300,
Merlimau,
Melaka.
Sept 2009

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