Randal was commissioned by CNA Insurance company to illustrate this “main street” USA street-scape scene for a company publication. The work was done using a Mac and Wacom tablet with “Painter” software.
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.
It is now 2010 and the development was built, and here is a photo along one of the streets.
I recently had a meeting at my office with food catered in by Maggiano’s… an Italian Restaurant in the Chicago area. It reminded me that I did some illustration work for the parent company, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE), back in the 1990′s. Here is one such grayscale line and wash illustration done digitally in Painter software, using an Apple Mac and Wacom tablet.
In the 1980′s Randal shared office space with an architectural and planning firm called Boyer, Hoppe & Associates. This firm had a client comprised of the major tenants along Wacker Drive, one of Chicago’s more famous business streets, as it follows the east and south side of the Chicago River. Along Wacker Drive are buildings such as the Sears Tower, the Civic Opera House, 333 W. Wacker Dr. (the building BIRKEY.COM is located in), the Leo Burnett building, and many others.
These and other tenants contracted BHA to design a plan for upgrading and beautifying the street level experience of Wacker Drive. The BHA Development Plan called for center plantings, obelisks, paving, flags, and many other enhancements that were eventually implemented and are still experienced to this day.
The original art was roughly 6 feet wide by 2 feet high done on D’Arches rough watercolor paper. The line work was done by hand with pencil and Rapidograph sepia ink pens. The Windsor & Newton watercolor washes were then added by Randal as well. The final art was commercially mounted and displayed in various venues in Chicago until it made it’s final place in the architectural design studio of Jonathan Boyer and Heidi Hoppe. I’m not sure where the original art is today. Anybody out there know?