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Clark Building Award Illustrations
In renovating and designing landmark buildings in Los Angeles, Clark Construction was recognized and awarded by the city for the outstanding and incredible work they did. For the presentation, Clark wanted to include collateral featuring five of the buildings they worked on. The request was for simple hand-rendered sketched illustrations, with just a hint of architectural rendition. The final illustrations were rendered in ink, and then Live Traced in Adobe Illustrator to retain the organic hand-rendered look, while still allowing scaleable and multi-purpose digital usage.
The five buildings illustrated were (clockwise from top left) the CalTrans building, the Hall of Justice, the LA City Hall, the LA Convention Center, and the US Courthouse.
Prior to beginning the drawings, I experimented with several pencils and pens, as well as styles, to determine which drawing tools to use. In addition to scanning samples of pencil leads and inks, I also Live Traced them in Adobe Illustrator, to have options for both analog and digital finishes.
Initial pencil roughs on newsprint. I could have skipped this step, going straight to tracing right from the photo references, but these loose drawings allowed me to better understand each building's unique architectural styles, key aesthetics, and structural details. Since the final illustrations had to resemble loose hand-rendered sketches rather than highly-polished illustrations, it was crucial to understand the visual economy of each building.
Final pencil comps, which served as the templates for the inked and digital final illustrations. While a ruler was used sparingly for the inked drawings, it was used extensively here to establish key directional lines.
Final inked images, which were Live Traced in Illustrator. Rulers were used sparingly here, and on most occasions, only to draw thin guidelines, which were then traced without the ruler in a thicker line.
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Clark Building Award Illustrations
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Clark Building Award Illustrations

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