Abstract Figures

Last week I took a 3-day workshop on abstracting figures. I've been wanting to really loosen up in my work and have this idea of just slapping on paint, stepping back, and voila, I've created a masterpiece! While I know that's a pipedream, I'd like to work towards it anyway. So, this workshop was exactly … Continue reading Abstract Figures

Continuous Line Drawing

A few weeks ago I was paging through the enormous Winter catalog of our local high-end, up-scale mall: Somerset Collection. This "tome" is basically a super-charged glossy Vanity Fair magazine on steroids, with ads from Versace, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Burberry, Gucci, etc. You get the picture; it's our little slice of Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive or Paris' Champs-Elysees right … Continue reading Continuous Line Drawing

Afterhours

Afterhours, or as I affectionately refer to it now, as the BEAST, was our final class project for Rendering class. We had to design a restaurant bar within a very large space given a set of parameters and constraints, just as in the real world.  I was very pleased with my final presentation and received a good grade, but the hours and … Continue reading Afterhours

Live & Learn

Our second major assignment was to design a small space to be used for both living and learning, such as a student. I imagined if I had my own place what it might look like: a small one-bedroom apartment with the basic amenities plus two cats. It's crazy how much technology has changed in twelve years! I'm … Continue reading Live & Learn

Fantasy Façade

For this project, we  had to design our own fantasy home. The Fantasy Façade was one of my favorite assignments. I incorporated many of my wish list features. I have always wanted to live in a large cottage-in-the-woods type of home surrounded by large beautiful trees. The exterior is natural stone masonry with a large double … Continue reading Fantasy Façade

Color & Rendering

As part of the Interior Design program, we took classes on color theory and rendering by hand. We didn't have fancy computer programs that did the work for us and I'm glad for it!  Rendering allows you to convey your ideas to clients in a visual manner by making presentations appear realistic and three-dimensional. For example, when looking … Continue reading Color & Rendering

Binders

In 1989 I began my Interior Design classes at Michigan State University. I'll never forget my first class assignment: creating a complete design, from soup to nuts, for a new restaurant to be housed in a renovated library in Massachusetts. The task seemed enormous! What had I gotten myself into? I knew I could draw and … Continue reading Binders

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