These sepia line art and watercolor illustrations were done as a series to be used in the print ads and marketing brochures for this blended commercial and residential property development in Chicago. The purpose of the illustrations was to present the atmosphere and ambiance of the development to prospective renters, buyers and investors.
This skyscraper design study was done with ink line on rough cotton paper then colorized with color pencils.
Randal Birkey recently recieved news from design firm Corey McPherson Nash, that the “Cushing Academy Admissions Viewbook” has been selected by the CASE District I as an award winner in the 2011 District I Communication Awards. Visit www.casei.org/commawardswinners11.html to see the complete list of this year’s winners as selected by the CASE District I Communication Awards Committee.
Here is the Cushing Academy Aerial Perspective Campus Map spread illustration that Randal Birkey did for the award-winning Cushing Academy viewbook.
Randal did this pen and ink line illustration of the North Branch of the Chicago River for a project funded by the Open Lands nature conservancy project. The illustration was used in a report designed to highlight how the Chicago River could be developed and turned into an amenity for Chicago, rather than the eyesore that it was back the 1980′s. In this illustration, a walkway bridge was highlighted. The City of Chicago has implemented many of the recommendations and ideas put forth in the Open Lands report.
This illustration and a number of others in this series were commissioned by and in collaboration with Jonathan Boyer, a Chicago area architect.
Cushing Academy is a private coeducational secondary school founded in 1865, and located in Ashburnham, MA. They have partnered with a design firm called Corey, McPherson, Nash to redesign their viewbook. Through a web based search, CMN contacted Randal Birkey Illustration and contracted for a new Campus Map to be produced both for the school viewbook and their website.
Randal worked from maps, photos and other references provided by CMN and Cushing Academy. The first stage in the illustration process was to produce a line art “pencil” of the aerial perspective view that best displayed the campus. This line art was done in sepia tones using Corel Painter at a size of 6450 x 3750 pixels.
Once this “pencil” was reviewed and approved by the design firm and the client, Randal then added digital watercolor to a layer below the line art using Corel Painter. The final file was converted to Adobe Photoshop and delivered as a layered Photoshop file with line art on one layer, and color washes and texture on the background layer.
In this stylized version, the forested areas around the school campus were left white or blank in order to allow the buildings, streets and other fields to have visual prominence. The design firm will add all the labels and key to the site during the print production process.