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Simple Tips of Applying Colors to a Drawing

Do you know when we stare at a color (Blue for example), we actually saw the opposite color of the color wheel (Orange), these blue and orange colors are known as complementary colors in the color theory (see below left for a test). 

Therefore two colors (Blue-Orange, Red-Green, and Yellow-Purple) complement each other and create…


Added by Mike Lin on August 25, 2012 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Frank Lloyd Wright on Drawing - Part Three / Un-built Work

The final blog of this series focuses on Frank Lloyd Wright's unbuilt work. As with the great architects and designers in our own time, not all of the great and innovative designs produced in their minds will ever be built or realized. The buildings in this blog highlight FLW's thoughts about urban planning,…


Added by Brian Lin on August 13, 2012 at 1:53pm — 2 Comments

Zala Springs Project - Design Process Visualization

Zala Springs Resort is Hungary’s first master planned and biggest golf and thermal spa resort community, which is unique both in Hungary and in Central Europe. The $125 million, five star residential and golf complex on a 500 acre (202 hectares) estate alongside the Zala River, will encompass a Robert Trent Jones Jr. 18 hole championship golf course,…


Added by Brian Lin on July 22, 2012 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Frank Lloyd Wright on Drawing - Part Two

Part Two of this series focuses on Frank Lloyd Wright's Concrete Textile Block Residences. There are four residences in all, and all four are located in southern California. After finishing his Hollyhock House and the Imperial Hotel, Frank Lloyd Wright began to push his ideas concerning patterned concrete…


Added by Brian Lin on July 10, 2012 at 3:00am — 5 Comments

Pencils and Architects by Bob Borson


The other day I was attempting to clean up my desk a bit and I moved a very large stack of drawings that was…

Added by Brian Lin on July 2, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Frank Lloyd Wright on Drawing - Part One

“It was exciting being with him and watching him designing, or just watching him sketch.  He was in the business of making architecture, and his drawings were a means to that end." - Bruce Pfeiffer, Former FLW Apprentice…


Added by Brian Lin on June 19, 2012 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Bloomfield Farms - A Design Process

This month's blog highlights one of my favorite architecture studios here in San Francisco, Aidlin Darling Architecture. Aidlin Darling bridges the demands of artistic endeavor, environmental responsibility, functional pragmatics, and financial considerations. As a multidisciplinary firm,…


Added by Brian Lin on May 30, 2012 at 11:00pm — 4 Comments

Quick Hybrid Design Sketch Options with Revit - China Competition

This blog highlights using Revit Architecture and hand drawing as a hybrid approach to create quick concept drawings. I am finding this process more and more efficient in utilizing both digital and hand techniques as I work through various kinds of projects…


Added by Brian Lin on April 20, 2012 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

Illustrative Site Plans and Diagrams with Photoshop

A number of BeLoose members have requested a blog about the process of digital illustrative plan renderings. I have been doing these kinds of renderings over the last couple of years and although I prefer the hand drawn approach to illustrative plan drawing, the digital process can also be a powerful design method based on understanding of color, line weights, drawing depth,…


Added by Brian Lin on March 31, 2012 at 8:00pm — 10 Comments

The Pencil vs. the Might Computer by Carol Hsiung/FXFowle Architects

Eleven Times Square, Pencil

Pencil Sketch: Eleven Times Square

In the days of the “Ecole De Beaux-Arts,” the…


Added by Brian Lin on February 3, 2012 at 10:52pm — 5 Comments

Dreamin' of Frank (Lloyd Wright)...

Added by Darren Bosch on January 27, 2012 at 9:28am — No Comments

Drawing and Architecture by James Wines

James Wines: Drawing and Architecture

 By James Wines, 2009

Wines’ 2003 drawing for the Residence Antilia, a private residential tower, which sits on top of a hillside overlooking Mumbai

Wines’ 2003 drawing for the Residence Antilia, a private residential tower, which sits on top of a hillside overlooking Mumbai

Next week…


Added by Brian Lin on January 23, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Sketching the News with Larry Roibal

Most people read their newspaper every morning and toss it into recycling. Larry Roibal uses it as his canvas.

The 47-year-old South Plainfield artist sketches portraits on his morning paper. The drawings are often of people in the news, sketched with ballpoint pen on the stories about them.

After years of doing the…


Added by Brian Lin on January 9, 2012 at 12:50pm — 3 Comments

About illustrator David Watkins

We are featuring an illustrator David Watkins from Colorado.

David Watkins Brief

I have been a professional illustrator for 37 years.   I graduated with a degree in Architecture in 1971 at the University of Texas-Arlington.  The instructor who taught me is Richard Ferrier who is an excellent illustrator and my mentor.  He is still on staff there and I…


Added by Mike Lin on December 12, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

My YouTube video trailer

Just uploaded a video we produced for a Vimeo workshop. It is loosely based on one of our published short stories (flash fiction) with the same name. If you have 2 minutes to spend on alien conspiracy speculations ...with a twist, take a look at "Roswell Revisited". Enjoy!

Roswell Revisited - We're Back in 2012!

... sometimes the truth is really out-there :)

Added by Daniela Mangiuca on December 9, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Hand Drawing/Photoshop Hybrid - Interior Perspective

Recently, I have been doing more and more drawing hybrid overlays that began as views from Revit Model and Sketch-Up Model views. This process has been an effective and efficient way to test out ideas quickly and then using Photoshop to add quick color and entourage to generate convincing spaces for design team collaboration and interim presentations for the…


Added by Brian Lin on December 5, 2011 at 12:00am — 4 Comments

Drawing with a good attitude





Added by Mike Lin on November 11, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

A trip to Brazil

     Nothing is subtle in Brazil.  Life is lived large and no one tries to hide it, from the flamboyant bikinis, to the lively and sometimes precarious cities, there is a special energy that moves through this country. You can see it in the variegated landscapes and feel it through the hypnotic music. There is a unique culture here,…

Added by Neive Tierney on October 16, 2011 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Dick Sneary, ASAI

Dick Sneary, ASAI, past president of American Society of Architectural Illustrators, is considered by his peers as one of the best architectural illustrators in the world.  We are honored to have him as part of our growing graphics community at  For over 30 years, Dick, who is also a seasoned architect, has shared and collaborated his talents and gifts to…


Added by Mike Lin on August 25, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

BeLoose Schedule added to Presenting Architecture's Blog



I recently added a blog on with a list of the overseas schedule for the upcoming Beloose Workshops.


Our overseas members have a great opportunity here!



Added by Robert Becker on August 24, 2011 at 1:50pm — 1 Comment

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