This was my first 4 color business card, created back in the 1980′s, when I relocated by studio from my home in Oak Park, to a studio space in Chicago, on North Wells Street, just south of Chicago Avenue. This illustration was done on yellow tracing paper, using sepia ink in a Rapid-o-graph ink pen, then adding color using color pencils. The image is based upon a Frank Lloyd Wright house drawing, designed for Thomas P. Hardy in Racine, Wisconsin. For a business card, the line work needed to be greatly simplified.
I then selected a period style font and hand outlined the contact information for the card.
FYI, a Delineator is: one who draws or traces the outline of or sketches out in order to represent pictorially or to depict.
Randal Birkey has created architectural illustrations of many Frank Lloyd Wright architectural designs for his personal portfolio of architectural illustration work. This rendering is based upon a summer cottage design and sketch of Wright’s. The medium Randal used is color pencil on 20″ x 30″ medium gray illustration board. It is interesting to work in both directions from neutral gray, adding light colors and dark colors from the middle of the value range.
This custom house was designed by an architecture firm called Architectura, located in suburban Chicago, in the Prairie School style of Frank Lloyd Wright. Randal was asked to render the home for the architect to better enable his client to visualize how the design would look when completed.
Final Custom Prairie School House Rendering
Randal did the wireframe line work in a 3D software and then transferred it to 2D drawing programs and printed the linework on various types of sketch and drawing paper. He first did a series of quick color studies like the one shown below, to work out the final values and color palette. Sometimes the early sketches and studies have a unique quality of their own.
A Color Study of the Custom Prairie School House Design
Francis Barry Byrne designed this home in the Prairie School style of architectural design for John B. Franke of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Randal did this line illustration of the home based upon a visit to the site in the early 1980′s.
Deb and I got married in 1980, and settled in Oak Park quite by chance. We really did not know much about the community and its history at the time. In those early years, we discovered the Frank Lloyd Wright connection and became fascinated by his designs. This is a pen and ink drawing I did of the Frank Thomas House still standing at 210 Forest Avenue.