Are you thinking just black inkline type work, or something where everything is in shades of green, or blue? I think either can work, but its not an easy thing to pull off. I have tried it in the past and while it never went terrible, I'm not sure it was worth the extra effort for me with my graphic design sensibility.
thanks.. this would really help in my presentation next time.
Pok has some great work here on Land8 that is sure to inspire you...
thanks. this is my first time seeing b&w masterplan. i always thought that the masterplan must be in colour or not it would be considered as an unfinished work.
Hi Hakim, check out http://urbansketchers-singapore.blogspot.com/ Urban Sketchers is a great blog with many photos, sketches, etc. I think if yo go through the Singapore group, you will see many b/w or grey toned sketches that may give you some ideas.
You may have read my postings before, but if you have not, let me introduce myself. I am Landplanner and yes, that is my psuedonym for now. If we strike up a closer camraderie here, then we can advance beyond my selective anonymity.
Anyway, I am writing you in a three fold manner. First fold is to say that the urban sketchers link is a very good one. I for one have been a member of the Portland, Oregon Urban Sketchers group which is incredibly talented and active. It would appear there is no shortage of sketching superstars in Singapore either. I hope to get that good. In case you were not aware of it, the new book "The Art of Urban Sketching" is now out by the guy who started this whole movement. I got a copy last week and it is very inspirational.
Second fold, is that I am returning to China after coming up empty-handed in endeavoring to find comparable work (in projects, responsibility and commensurate pay (or even anything close or nearby to those three factors) here in the States. I have taken a six month stint with an internationally based (UK, Australia, a couple of offices in second-tier China cities and even a few here in the States) and will be their director of landscape and urbanism in one of those two China cities. Overly fancy title, but a lot of responsibility and projects that go with that responsibility, I think you have a similar position with EFDA.
Third and final fold, is in the form of a question..... If you could find, like I searched for in coming back to the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and greater west, a senior level landscape architecture/urban planning or urban design position here in the States, would you return from China ? My obvious boomerrang back gives you my answer to that same question.
I would be interested in your perspective and experiences of practicing our profession in China. I'm sure we share a lot in common in that regard. I would be happy to let you sample mine.
I hope to hear back from.
yeah, thanks Walter. this is the kind of things i am searching for. i would actually want to develop my style of presentation which is in monochrome and the blog does inspire me.
This guy has some great tutorials on how he does graphics, some of them are monochrome!
My only thought on monochrome, which is of course beautiful, is that it would be nice if the decision to go monochrome had some relevance to your design.
You can try Google SketchUp - accurate drawing and you can choose to use a myriad of styles...
There were several books out in the late 1970;s (Plan Graphics, Plan and Section Drawing, etc..) that showed many examples of monochrome graphics. Of course, it could have been that the drawings were originally in color, but the books presented them in "black and white." Some were obviously monochrome, though. I remember doing projects in school on brown butcher paper drawn with a sepia pencil and marker. Back then, you could also get a "sepia" print just as you could a "blackline" instead of the standard "blueline" from drawings on tracing paper or vellum. The main thing is just to experiment with different media, and find a method you're comfortable with. Check with your local art supply stores for book and maybe even advice. It can be done, and done well....