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Lakes, Animals, and Science (Photography)

Lakes, Animals, and Science (Photography)

Case Study Elevations

Rough sketch elevation.
Medium : Mechanical Pencil, Prismacolor / AD Chartpak / Sharpey

This is a more clean elevation with more emphasis on color detail and shadow.
Medium: Mechanical Pencil, Prismacolor / AD Chartpak / Sharpey

The final elevation.
I paid more attention to the crisp lines and entourage in this image. The one thing I am most proud of in this elevation is the detail in the fireplace. It was one of the most closest items in the room therefore I decided to make it really pop.

Medium: Micron .01

Case Study Floor Plan

We were assigned a "Case Study" floor plan and had to convert the image from 1/16th to 1/4th = 1'. This assignment taught skills of converting a large image by hand (not digitally). Unfortunately my conversion was miscalculated and ended up adding a couple feet all around. The image is slightly askew due to the miscalculation.

Presentation Composition 1

This is the Maud Gatewood presentation composition. The decision of image placement played an important role due to the contrast of color and black and white images. The "Maud Gatewood Painting" text should not have been "laying" on the border.


Photoshop Workshop 1

Using the burn and dodge tools I enhanced the shadows and highlights.
I used overlays and to make the walls darker and give a stronger hue.


Color Study

I will post the previous ones this week.


To technology

So I recently got an iPhone and it's made it so much easier to post and stay updated with social sites and thankfully blogger for iARC. So here's to technology.

More to come soon.


July 1st

Frankly, being stuck in Fayetteville with a delivery job 5 days a week is pretty boring. I'd much prefer to be at Greensboro where theres more to do and freedom to do whatever. I do miss the studio and I miss my dorm room (even if it is twice as small). Anyways, its Hilarie Burtons birthday. So Happy birthday!!! =] Wish you the best.

Pretty Bored in Fayetnam,


Blogging in Moderation

So this week i'm working on getting a scanner or finding one to upload my drawings/renderings. This year has been an interesting one. The all nighters and all day-ers have tremendously done a work on my body. I am so thankfully to be able to finally sleep and not worry about Opus' and sketch models. I am going to continue to work on interior architecture work. I'd like to practice my renderings with marker and hopefully get better at it. I am currently trying to find a job. Some options are Starbucks, Quizno's, Lowes, and some other fantastic places. Anyways. Goodnight world.

~Heads up


Explorations : Tempo



Starry Night




Black and White Photography



Eiffel Tower


Coming Full Circle


For the past two semesters I have met people that exceed my expectations of class. I've met the down to earth, organic, perfectionist that brings life to art. I've watched an energetic teenager transform from a confused soul to a social butterfly that entertains and works beyond possibilities. I've admired the free spirited, beautiful, and sometimes quirky, adult that rises to the occasion when troubled waters surround her. Surprisingly, thats just a hand full of the amazing people I have had the pleasure to meet. Thankfully, this is the community of the iARC first year that slaves themselves on their work night and day.


I believe that stewardship is being considerate and kind to others around us in a community. Although our opinions, beliefs, and idea's are completely different, being courteous to should be a goal that us students should strive for.


To be authentic is to be unique and genuine. I previously went to a third year critique and listened to the professor and he suggested that the ideas and conversations a group of students have is authentic because it is a fusion of self into a giant idea. The third years had to create not ten designs, not five designs, but one. Of a group of 28 their individualities bedazzled the client with their accumulation of suggestions into a super concept. I believe that, that is authentic; to be unique and genuine.


Our studies in this major is unlike any other major. It forces us to use our god given minds and problem solve. Unlike mathematics, everything is sporadic, energetic, and vivid. Mathematics to me, is linear and solid. There is no outer boundaries to break and there is always a right answer. Innovation in art is the future. It enables us to think and create outstanding and beautiful new items.


Action Verbs

speculate - A speculation is in other words an accusation; to claim to know something without hard evidence. In science, to speculate, is to hypothesis. Architects speculate in order to find truth in artwork, architecture, and the needs and wants of the human. Coming towards the middle of the twentieth century, architects are speculating that modern architecture is not meeting proper needs. For example, the Guggenheim caused a shakeup in the history because Frank Lloyd Wright is not creating architecture for the human's need, but for decoration.

compose - To compose a piece of art, architecture, or anything creative, we must know exactly what we want. We must know where to put a door in a room, a office space in a building, and a skyscraper in a city. We compose everyday by imagining what's the best place to organize and create a flow of things. Musician's compose music to show their talents and the beauty of hearing. In Suzanne's drawing class we had to compose a 18x24 piece of either Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater or Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. Although, the majority of the class decided on Fallingwater, I sincerely adored the landscape and the mood the Monticello gave off. In artwork, to compose means to have a meaning for things. Suzanne's goal was to give the feeling we experienced in either of the two. I decided to watercolor the background of Monticello purple due to its energetic and royal feel.

energize - In the beginning of the year we learned about how to energize lines and make them more vivid. We practiced by doing multiple blind contours which I found to be exciting because the end product had more "energy" than normal. As I walked around studio I found multiple portraits of (I'm assuming Stoel) in energized form. The lines were not straight, they were not flowing, but they were staggered and rigid and intentional. I found those pencil drawings to feel more lifelike. In designing interiors we have been exploring color to energize rooms. The most common is the color red. The color red energizes a room because of its boldness and at times vibrant color.

shape - In Environmental Design, we were chewed out because of our lack of sketch models for our current project - 2 Room Interior Design. The teachers were disappointed not only in the lack of sketch models but also in ideas. We, as a class, had hard times designing because we were "trapped in the box". The constraints and limitations held us back from being original and creative. Suzanne showed us a presentation where many architects have broke limitations and created outstanding buildings. They were vibrant, energetic, and integrated the wall in ways no ones ever dreamed of.

stretch - As we stretch to our bodies grow weak from countless projects, we're learning to adapt and keep going for the next two weeks. Stretch a form means to hyperextend an object past limitations. Elastic bands, are capable of withstanding many curves and extensions due to its stretchiness.



Roots – Roots was a television series back in 1977. But that has no relation to architecture; so on with OPUS. Roots, in ARCHITECTURE, can be known for its origin, what contexts it’s in, and what experiences it’s been through. For example, some parts of the Peabody forest in UNCG, has been destroyed due to expansion of the university. The first Curry building was an all girl school that housed the school of education. After it was burned down, a new building had to be erected for the university.

Congruence – Congruence is a similarity between two objects or ideas. Today we discussed a student’s precedent analysis and described how a dome signifies unity and togetherness as a whole. A dome in the terms of congruence is detailed by the shape and formation of a dome. In other words, the domes circular shape brings the material into an overhanging sculpture at a specific monumental point; which is the alter. Congruence plays a very important role in architecture.

Concept – As we had conversations on our precedent analysis, our teacher had some of the students give a concept about their building. A concept is an overarching series of ideas that come together to form a larger more broad idea. The concept of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai is hierarchy and peaceful. Tom Wright, the architect and designer of Burj Al Arab, has created a fascinating hotel with the design of a sail. The sail represents one of the many ideas that Tom Wright tries to accomplish. I will give more information on this with my precedent analysis.

Materiality – Wood, steel, metal, and concrete are materials that are extremely architect friendly. Designers use materials to express themselves and show creative thinking and in some cases like Tommy Lambeth say, “creative problem solving.” In our current project we are learning how to manipulate MDF to form designs that are light impacting. MDF is a sturdy wood material that provides no transparency so the challenge is there.

Compression : Release – In studio we have been taught to compress are drawings into tiny details and ideas. We have learned how to take an idea and take it from its origin, abstract it, and release it outwards. In History of Design, we are asked to create ten drawings of a building of our choice and expand using less information and more analyzing. The idea to compress information and then release it creates an explosion effect where ideas shatter onto paper.


Between Silence + Light

Craft – Since the beginning of the Interior Architecture program at UNCG, we have learned that great craft still isn’t enough to please the instructors. Craft is the technical term for constructing or building things. For our very first project we were asked to use paper and construct a place for a leaf using good craft. Craft isn’t a one shot deal. It takes practice and dedication to figure out how to manipulate materials to work with you. For example, you can’t make chipboard bend, therefore using exceptional craft, cutting or scoring the board gives you the ability to create a fine and smooth curve. Knowing to score the board only comes with experience, experimentation, and practice. Nearly two semesters later, our class is learning how to manipulate more firm and durable material to our fit. To experiment we are given the chance to work with cardboard due to its sturdy similarities.

Public/Private – In infrastructure, designers are challenged to demonstrate and illustrate public and private areas in the designated location. It is important to label these areas to show hierarchy in diagrams such as plans and informational diagrams.

Technique – Along with craft, technique takes practice. Interior Architecture demands multiple techniques in a variety of situations. For example, learning computer techniques such as photoshop, autocad, and sketchup is valuable in finishing products and design. Learning techniques such as line weight, rendering, and perspectives give the designer a wide range of creativity that a computer can’t comprehend. Practicing and knowing multiple techniques grants the designer a freedom that most artists dream of. A regular artist puts media to paper and calls it a day; a interior architect can put media to paper, plot it out on a computer, make adjustments, and execute it in a grand scale.

Language – My Precedent Analysis – Burj Al Arab – is a building that speaks the language of money because of its high-style luxurious beauty it suggests. The Eiffel Tower is another structure that speaks on a deeper level. To be put in the city of Paris and have it stand as one leaves tourists speechless and amazed. The tower states that it is a unique individual in a large population.

Virtual – Virtual is computer based and is a distortion of reality. Computer science has given the world virtual reality, which is “a computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way.”

Burj Al Arab

In architecture, designers create buildings, skyscrapers, and even sculptures to satisfy the societies taste for creativity and spark. Architects strive to have their very own landmark building that sets theirs from others. Gustav Eiffel has the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Frank Lloyd Wright has Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, and Tom Wright – no relation to Frank Lloyd – has the Burj Al Arab in Dubai.
Born in 1957, Tom Wright has had a knack for building exceptional and meaningful structures that stand the test of time. He is currently collaborating with the Atkins Team to help design, create, and erect valuable and eye – staggering structures such as the Burj Al Arab.
Where exactly is the Burj Al Arab? Three hundred meters out to sea on the coast of Dubai, stands the massive three hundred and twenty one meter hotel. Dubai, located on the tip of Saudi Arabia, is known for its vivid architecture such as the Burj Dubai, which is an eight hundred and eighteen meter skyscraper and the Dubai Mall, a nearly half a million square foot mall with more than a thousand stores.
The Burj Al Arab serves as a thirteen-story hotel that exceeds limitations in many ways. It holds multiple dining areas for heavy paying customers that wish to feel like royalty. Although most customers say that the Burj Al Arab is a one-time thing, they seem nothing less than thrilled departing the hotel. A guest is capable of enjoying many activities such as Horseback riding, hot air balloon rides, helicopter tours, and even subtle things such as golf.
Burj Al Arab is the first five star hotel and also the highest hotel today. The 321-meter giant unifies and glorifies the city of Dubai. Known for its extravagence and beauty Dubai reaches new heights and ground breaking records to be first in the race of architecture. Dubai is a country to be reckoned with due to its fast moving economy and quick creative thinking skills.
Tom Wright was given the task to design a building that speaks Dubai; a task to speak money. In the shape of a sailboat comes the design of the beautiful and luxurious Burj Al Arab. The uplifting motion and the unification of the sails create a monument that screams for attention just as it juts out of the city of Dubai. The color choice – blue, navy, and grey set the scene by using colors natural to the sky.
Burj Al Arab is a giant to modern society in the United States. It reflects how little and slowly or design process is compared to international countries. I selected this goliath because it’s form and beauty is set apart and is a landmark in design.




A rotation is a wrap around turn that is measured in degrees. Rotations can be used involving mathematics, poetry, and general science. For example, the planet Earth spins on axis creating multiple revolutions, or rotations. In mathematics, a rotation can be the turning of an object on a grid system. Along with rotation there is also a translation and a reflection. Those three mathematical terms are used to locate and manipulate an object. After doing Orthographic views on our furniture items I find these terms useful to resituate the fixed object on the 12x12 grid.


Movement is seen everywhere from moving cars, to a busy city, to flying birds. We learned in history and design about the Spanish Steps and how it shows movement by the activity on the steps. Also nearby is Bernini’s Piazza Navona fountain shows movement from the four men beneath the obelisk. Movement can even be seen in structures like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. The Eiffel tower has an uplifting motion from the four legs. Bernini’s Baldacchino is also infused with movement in its columns. The columns are twisted therefore drawing your eye upward and then back down to create a spiraling effect.




Have you ever held your pet in front of a mirror and see it’s reflection? It’s amazing how animals are spooked when they see themselves. A reflection is a mirrored image of an object or person. Reflections can be viewed other than mirrors. For examples, you may see your reflection on new cars, windows, and sometimes in bodies of water. Another type of reflection is an essay or statement that shows your ideas, feelings, and reactions to a prior event. Reflections have the ability to show your physical and sometimes emotions that make you unique.


In The Opus Project #2 we were asked to identify the word illuminate. At the time we were studying color pencils and how to illuminate objects to enhance their qualities. This semester we are working with ¼ MDF, which is a type of sturdy board, to make objects that are affected by light and darkness. In history and design we learned how gothic churches and cathedrals and how the natural light illuminated.


In Opus # 4 we demonstrated how a source could be multiple ideas. In Perception and Communications and Drafting class we have learned to find the source of light, vanishing points, and station points in perspective drawings. A source is an origin, or starting location of a specific object. For example, the source of books, magazines, and newspapers could be libraries or bookstores.


Opus 9 consists of rotation, movement, reflection, source, and illumination. The main commonality in them is the fact that they deal with how or where you view an object. All five words can be combined and separated to dissect and discuss a piece of furniture, buildings, or art in general.