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Deep Tunnel Project Entrance Design

Deep Tunnel Project Entrance Rendering

Randal Birkey was contracted by an architect to prepare a rendering of a proposed entrance structure design near a Chicago “Deep Tunnel Project” location. Randal went on site and took reference photos. He then inserted the architect’s entrance design–based upon scale design drawings–into the scene and rendered it in a line and watercolor style.

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Vitruvian Man

Da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" Adapted Illustration

“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 […]

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Citibank Center Entrance Illustration

Citibank Center Bank Entrance

Randal Birkey was commissioned to render an updated design for the Citibank branch location in Oakbrook, Illinois. The perspective view below was developed from architectural blueprints using 3D modeling software on an Apple Macintosh computer. The perspective view was converted to 2D and transferred to watercolor illustration board. The final art was hand inked using […]

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Fallingwater Development Master Plan

Falling Water Master Site Plan

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 […]

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Old Man

Old Man

Randal was looking through some “pen and ink” art books and decided to try his hand sketching a man in one of the books. This sketch was done 20 to 25 years ago and probably took about 2-3 minutes to complete. That’s really the whole idea. Just do it – quick, sketchy, loose, free… and […]

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Chicago Area Map

Chicago Area Map Illustrations

I’ve done so many map illustrations in my career, I’ve lost count. Many of them are of the Chicago area. The one on the left I did in 1995 of the Chicago area, featuring all the main Interstate highways, Lake Michigan, the outline of Chicago and border counties. It was done in color pencil, probably […]

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