Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Portfolio List

From Nadia's drawing classes:
-3 perspectives from the pictures brought in, (1, 2, and 3 point)
-2 interior perspectives from dorm room (1, and 2 point)
-9 architectural hardware at 3 distances drawings (the ones from the lobby)
-house shadowing in perspective exercise
-light fixtures drawings

From Stoell's drafting classes:
-orthographic/ 3D shapes excercise
-2 plan/topographic drawings
-1 woodland chapel poche drafting
-1 Venturi House 1st floor drafting/lettering assignment (poche'd drawing)
-2 house elevation/ trees drawings (one without the trees for depth, and one with the trees)
-1 north arrow/scale exercise
-1 site plan drawing of home (from Google Earth)

Make sure to have all these items on your blog in some fashion as well. If you have any questions about these don't hesitate to ask. Also it will beneficial for you to include extra work you have done from this class (that was not in the previous portfolio check), as well as drawings from studio assignments. If you decide to do this be sure to make sure everything is organized properly.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Keep things in perspective...

These are some pages from the book Vanishing Point by Jason Cheeseman-Meyer. It is an excellent resource for all things perspective. I would HIGHLY recommend you get this book for reference. I still go back to mine very regularly to check myself. It also has a great section on curvilinear perspective for when you progress to that level, very neat stuff. Anyway, awesome book, you all should get a copy, you won't regret it I promise
This page illustrates how to progress through a one point perspective drawing. First start with two dimensional shapes, then project lines to the vanishing point to create the sense of depth.

This page explains much of the same thing as the one above it, however it is in two point perspective.
Not all great scenes or layouts need to be very complex, the image above shows this well. It has a very dynamic feel, despite being of simple construction. The lower image on the page presents the basic difference between one and two point perspectives.

These two pages go through one approach for creating a scene in perspective. Again while the finished product is very appealing and daunting, the elemental construction of the scene is very basic. An example of this and a great source of inspiration can be found at Feng Zhu Designs, go to the gallery and check out the environments. They are an awesome example of what can be done with these simple tools.

It may seem difficult to grasp now, but perspective is the cornerstone of all drawing. If you master this, the effectiveness of your sketches and drawings will improve tenfold. Keep workin at it!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Powerpoint Mockup

Please note Monday, October 3rd each group needs to have a well-developed powerpoint presentation available for viewing in studio. This will allow us to give feedback and further assist everyone in the decisions and visualization needed for a successful presentation. 

The work thus far is commendable, keep up the good work!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

101 Things I learned in Architecture

Improved design process, not a perfectly realized building, is the most valuable thing you gain from one design studio and take with you to the next.

Design studio instructors, above all else, want their students to develop good process. If an instructor gives a good grade to what appears to you to be a poor project, it is probably because the student has demonstrated good process. Likewise, you may see an apparently good project receive a mediocre grade. Why? Because a project doesn't deserve a good grade if the process that led to it was sloppy, ill-structured, or the result of hit-and-miss good luck.

by Matthew Fredrick

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


For those of you who still have not added the labels gadget in order to see your projects categorized by class, read the below post entitled Blog Labels. By labeling each post accordingly (e.g. iar101, iar110, etc) a more cohesive viewing and evaluation of your work can take place.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Unity Review

Just to reiterate what we discussed for Monday:

-name card for your model 3" x 1" Arial 18 font
-all drawings and graphics displayed in the crit room by 8:30am with your name and date incorporated in the overall graphic. 

Most importantly you will not be verbally presenting your work, however, visual clarity among the group is a must. These projects need to express unity overall. This overall composition of work displayed by the class as a whole either takes everyone's work to the next level or a lower level. Talk to your peers and begin communicating as a group to achieve a successful visual presentation.

We look forward to seeing your work on monday!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Blog Labels

For all of you who are using labels when posting to your blogs: Be sure to add the gadget to your page. This will display a list of all the labels you have entered and allows everything under each category to be accessible simply by clicking the links that the gadget creates. Here is how to do it:
-After logging in, in the right top corner of your screen click customize,
-Click "add a gadget" from the list of page elements displayed(it will be at the top),
-scroll down until you get to the gadget that says "labels" and click the [+] button.
From here it is self explanatory. Then when you view your blog, this feature will appear with your profile, and archives. You will only have to do this once, and any subsequent label you employ will automatically be added to this list.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

[p]review assignment

Everyone must have final projects [leaf + twigs], along with process, precedents, and other assignments posted by october 3. We will [p]review this work the following week. Taking time and care to place the best images of your final work is beneficial for everyone. If you have concerns or encounter problems please resolve these issues prior to the end of this week.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Some Helpful Tips

These are some things which will help correct some problems I have noticed everyone having concerning sketching and such. Try to integrate these ideas into your personal style, it will make a profound difference. The diagram says most of it, but in addition, try to remember that drawing takes time. A good drawing does not happen fast, but requires much time and deliberation. Most people are better than they think, they just have not taken the time to slow down and really focus on each part of the process. I hope this helps in some way, if you need clarification on any part of this please don't hesitate to ask. -Kurt-

Monday, September 22, 2008

IAR 101 critiques "get twiggy with it"

We want to see the best work showcased at this critique. Please keep these things in mind for 9.24:

-arrive early to set up
-professional attire
-precedent studies
-12x12 graphic display  
-design intent/ideas/concept
-cohesive presentation display
-8 minute group presentation/feedback

Please keep in mind the salient points of the project and be prepared to display these items in a mindful manner. Remember the key points discussed in class about presentation and how items are showcased cohesively, both physically and visually. When telling the project's story bring prototypes/sketch models that represent best attempts, not all of your attempts.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

New Assignments List

The list of assignments that will be checked on your blogs is now on the right of this page just above your individual blog links. Again check back regularly to ensure you are up to date on everything. Also don't feel limited by what is on this list. Take ownership of your blog and add things you think will be important to show your progress as an iarc student. Your blog is an ideal space to showcase all the work you do, use it to your advantage any way you can!

Draw those boots by god!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Blog Assignments

Below is a list of assignments from class and homework that need to be posted on everyone's blog-folio. These are the posts that we will look for when checking your blogs. Keep in mind this will be updated throughout the semester so check back regularly to be sure you have everything.

-First post, blog review/response
-Feet drawings from first day
-Upside down man drawing
-3 of your 5 mess drawings
-Hand drawing
-5 items
-Blind contour portraits (the ones from the critique space)
-Negative space drawings of the chair and bicycle

Thursday, September 4, 2008

blind contours

It didn't take long for the claws to come out in first year.