Pencil is coming back

Each historical period of time is marked with its own unique and recognizable image. Fashion, tastes, traditions, tendencies, and technical capabilities are all constantly changing. At the same time, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” However, with one little remark – old traits always come back in new packaging, or in new reincarnations, if you wish

This statement applies to everything in life, including architecture itself, and particularly – the architectural visualization and presentation, which is exactly what I have been faithfully doing for many years

Ladies and Gentlemen, it looks to me, like our old good friend, His Majesty The Pencil is coming back in the game.

Architectural visualization freehand rendering pencil hotel sketch hand drawing architecture illustration
Graduate Hotel, Tucson, AZ
(for Adventurous Journeys Capital Partners real estate)
Pencil

Working as an Architectural Visualization Artist probably half of the work I do nowadays is requested to be done in pencil. Fast, inexpensive, conveying the mood and narrative, the pencil tells a lot more than it shows. Using its peculiar language of prompting and hints, the pencil can help both the client and the designer to verify the direction of the next step on the thorny and winding path of creating a new space.

Living room sketch Architectural freehand rendering pencil hand drawing architecture illustration Interior
Living Room sketch
(for Dennis McAvena Interior Design)
Pencil

Long before any worked out details, first drawings appearance and even a clearly expressed list of the client’s wishes, the pencil provides an opportunity and means for discussing the architectural concept with all of its tempting intrigues and underwater reefs.

Architectural visualization freehand rendering pencil Mikvah sketch hand drawing architecture illustration
Mikvah in Newtown, Bucks county, PA
(Architectural concept sketch)
Pencil

When updating the existing building with new elements, or even completely different functions, the pencil opens the door to various new options. It helps us to find the best solution by sketching over the existing building photo.

Or in collaboration with Photoshop, the pencil can work on reshaping the existing cityscape, introducing a new building volume.

freehand rendering architectural concept hand sketch pencil on existing photo hotel and retail space freehand rendering by Shalumov
Hotel near Times Square area
(Predesign concept sketch)
Pencil, Photoshop
Rendering mixed media architectural concept sketch Revit Photoshop visualization artist Shalumov
Office building, Brooklyn, NY
Pencil sketch on existing photo, Photoshop

Finally, the pencil can simply help to complete the desired mood before the project is overgrown with details, dimensions, and finish materials.

Architectural Rendering graphics free hand Sketch Pencil drawing architecture illustration interior NoMad Hotel guest room visualization artist Shalumov Шалум Шалумов архитектор художник
The NoMad Hotel, New York
(for Stonehill & Taylor Architects)
Pencil

So, welcome back to our old reliable friend – the Pencil!

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