The home of the world renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra is called Orchestra Hall, located on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Randal Birkey was commissioned to produce a series of architectural illustrations of the Orchestra Hall renovation project called “Symphony Center,” a new combined complex housing the auditorium, practice rooms, backstage production and staging areas, and the headquarter offices for the CSO organization.
These illustrations were commissioned for use in a high-end printed piece that went to CSO fund-raising tool. Randal worked from the architectural blueprints, in a Mac-based drawing and painting program called Fractal Painter. A Wacom tablet was required for the kind of control needed for the digital “brushes.”
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall Lobby
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall Rotunda Cutaway
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall – Concert Hall Interior
A graphic designer from the Marietta, South Carolina area contacted Randal in 2003 through this portfolio website and inquired about developing a streetscape illustration to be used in promoting a residential housing development. Randal worked with the designer and the photo resources provided by the developers and architects to create this illustration intended to communicate a lifestyle to prospective home buyers.
Redfearn Lifestyle Streetscape
It is now 2010 and the development was built, and here is a photo along one of the streets.
Redfearn Development - South Carolina
On the Sustainable City project mentioned below, a close up floor plan of City Hall was required to illustrate how a municipality need to allocate political resources and energy toward building a more sustainable community. Randal did a floor plan of a typical City hall building to illustrate the office space dedicated to a city sustainability manager.
City Hall Floor Plan
Hubbell Steel Company Trade Ad Images
Franklin Park, Illinois
A Chicago area steel distributor required conceptual images for a series of trade ads.
Working with a designer, Randal Birkey created a series of conceptual images in a digital watercolor style using Fractal Painter on a Macintosh, using a Wacom Tablet. The images were delivered in formats that could be placed directly into design layout software, bypassing the usual image “scanning” stage.
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Delaware Place Illustrations
A leading US condominium developer, American Invsco, required a marketing map and new condo building illustration of a new development in Chicago called Delaware Place.
Randal Birkey created a street level detail map of the neighborhood around the development, highlighting amenities and proximity to shopping, recreation and transportation.
Randal also created a street level view perspective of the high-rise condo building in a similar line and watercolor style used for the map for continuity and consistency.
The illustrations were created digitally using Painter and Adobe Photoshop software on an Apple Macintosh, also using a Wacom tablet. The final files were delivered to the client via a Birkey.com FileSharing site.
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Randal Birkey was contracted by Boston Edison, a Massachusetts utility company, to complete a series of technical illustrations for a public relations brochure. This image is a nuclear reactor core, with the sides shown cutaway to reveal the rods inside.
The illustration was done using Fractal Painter software on a Macintosh computer, and a Wacom tablet.
Nuclear Reactor Cutaway
“Vitruvian man, a figure study by Leonardo da Vinci (c. 1509) illustrating the proportional canon laid down by the Classical Roman architect Vitruvius; in the Academy of Fine Arts, Venice.” — Encyclopaedia Britannica
This is Randal Birkey’s simplified and adapted illustrated version of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man” for use on a potential logo design and health related website interface.