Randal was commissioned by a real estate development firm to develop this architectural rendering of a residential design being offered in a development in Chicago’s near South Loop area. This was to be new construction offered in the Prairie School style, popularized by Frank Lloyd Wright. Randal first worked from architectural drawings to develop a 3D perspective wireframe. Once a view was established and approved by the client, Randal transferred the line work to watercolor illustration board, then rendered the house in watercolor and ink line work. The original was done on D’Arches 22 x 32 watercolor illustration board.
The ad agency for a Maryland based real estate developer contacted Randal Birkey as the result of a web search. The agency required a map of the downtown area of Bethesda, Maryland, on which to locate many area amenities for a print brochure on a proposed new high-rise condominium project.
Randal created this digital watercolor map using aerial photography as a reference point. He used an Apple Macintosh computer running a software program called Painter (now a Corel product). Digital “Watercolor brushes” were controlled using a Wacom tablet connected to Randal’s computer. The final files were formatted and prepared in Adobe Photoshop, and delivered to the customer via email.
Randal Birkey was contracted to produce a line and watercolor map of the Atlanta, Georgia area, showing the location of a new proposed real estate development.
This site plan map was done for Lipman-Hearne, a Chicago design firm that was designing print materials for a residential development for Pacific-Sakata, in the 1980’s. The development was called Falling Water, similar to the name of a famous Frank Lloyd Wright house in Pennsylvania. The design firm entered the printed piece in a design contest and won a design award. The illustration is pen and ink line art on illustration board and shaded with color pencil.