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Beijing CBD Project / Hybrid Drawing: A Marriage Between Hand and Digital Media


I have been working on a large mixed use CBD (Central Business District) Development in Beijing, China over the last couple of months and I wanted to share one of my unique opportunities of a new technique that I just recently started using on my project work. This opportunity came…


Added by Brian Lin on October 19, 2017 at 11:25pm — 4 Comments

Niagara Falls Site Design | Hand Drawing + Photoshop + InDesign Layout

The Peninsula Point Concept project is a site design exercise for Hornblower Niagara Cruises who will be the operator of Maid of the Mist Cruises at Niagara Falls for the next 15-20 years. The client wanted some ideas about re-purposing the unused "peninsula" to have outdoor programs and activities in order to provide year-round amenities for visitors and nearby residents.…


Added by Brian Lin on September 19, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Sketch + Draw + Model - The Coffee House

An architecture class that I taught this fall just finished their final project which focused on sketching, modeling in Sketch Up, Photoshop, and InDesign. This process is an exact mapping of how I and many design professionals utilize sketching, drawing, physical and digital modeling in our design efforts. The project highlighted here is a compact little coffee…


Added by Brian Lin on September 17, 2017 at 2:08pm — 1 Comment

Turning Day Into Night in Less than Two Hours

I've been receiving a number of questions on how to change Google Earth views into evening views, especially when the site is in another location and you cannot be there to take an evening shot! This blog highlights converting a daytime photo into an evening setting in order to convey specialized lighting for streetscapes and entries. I've consolidated and…


Added by Brian Lin on February 8, 2017 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Rhino / Hand Drawing / Photoshop

This blog outlines the process of a project I just completed for a series of views that utilized a Rhino (3-D modeling tool), hand drawing, and Photoshop. The key challenge of this effort was showing enough detail on the building, but focusing on the site and landscape features. The fastest way to generate massing and facade ideas was sketching them out…


Added by Brian Lin on July 1, 2016 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Inserting Design Elements from Google Earth into Illustrative Site Plans

This blog outlines the steps of inserting a newly built or existing building into your illustrative site plan. On occasion, this is an effective tool to quickly add any project buildings or contextual elements into your project work instead of relying on complex extractions of Revit/Sketch Up model plan views. …


Added by Brian Lin on September 1, 2014 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Courtyard Design Process: Approach / Plan / Vignette


This month's blog entry highlights the design process for a outdoor courtyard programming exercise for a large Southern California Office Campus. With only a week to create concepts and no digital files (CAD bases) to use, I had to use beautifully hand-drawn as-built drawings for my base drawing. The materials and programs used for this process were ink pens, color pencils, perspective charts, and Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.…


Added by Brian Lin on June 19, 2013 at 10:07am — 4 Comments

Hand and Digital Hybrid Drawing - A Symbiotic Process

This blog highlights the design drawing process for a mixed-use residential project here in Northern California. I am constantly exploring the fine line between hand and digital tools in my project work, especially on projects where deadlines are short and expectations of graphic style (in this case, for a presentation to City Council) are constantly moving... even…


Added by Brian Lin on February 25, 2013 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

Doodles at Google - The creativity behind today's most popular logo

They are unknown, but their works of art are seen by hundreds of millions of people across the globe. They were art nerds in school - teased by peers or called to the principal's office for doodling in class - but are now working at one of the world's most important…


Added by Brian Lin on September 27, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

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

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

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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

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