I had done some renderings for Framingham State College last year, for Einhorn Yaffee Prescott and Pfeufer Richardson. They were three grey-scale pencil views executed during design development, in order to communicate the then-current state of the design to the client, for their approval.
Some time later, late fall, we did a new color view for publicity purposes and fund-raising. When the color image was reviewed by the client, they were happy enough with it that the decision was made to re-do the original pair of pencil sketches as color views also.
I finally found some time last week to slide these into the schedule. Here’s the first image, a shot of the building at the main portal, where students pass into or under the building from their way to or from other parts of the campus. Under the glass cubic volume, at the ground floor, are entrances to the dormitory, and a grab-n-go coffee and snack venue.
The previous image was a view of the portal from an angle we hadn’t studied before. When the color image was reviewed by the Architects’ client, they were pleased enough to suggest that two earlier pencil views should be also executed in color. These are the original renderings, done some time early in 2009.
The same digital model was used, re-lit, with some basic colors or textures added to inform the ambient light. It was rendered out as a base to work from, and painted over in Photoshop.
I’d really liked the pencil sky of the earlier version, with its clouds or contrails introducing an interesting energy to the sky. Cute puffy clouds are a little trite sometimes, and so I try to introduce some visual interest into the sky whenever possible. Still, it needs to support rather than dominate. I thought that to literally re-use the same sky, only now in color, might be a little too easy and a little too graphic. But I kept the same idea, horizontal clouds vanishing with some perspective, and made them into clearing rain clouds. A little deeper in value, a little less graphic.
The second view is from the Campus Entry, which we have been referring to as the “Gate View”. The center of interest of the image is a large cube-like lounge space of glass and wood anchoring the corner and floated out into space on a brick plinth. The charge of the art direction was to express the glassiness of this corner and the glassed lounges above it, against the wonderful background texture of brick-punched windows and clinging metal bays.
In the earlier pencil image, I had worked to develop a sense of depth to the image along the sidewalk, as the street progressed deeper and deeper into the background. I wanted to retain that sense of depth in the color image, because the side of the building vanished very quickly and was showing a hundred feet or so of building in the space of just a few inches.
The color versions were produced under the direction of Preston Richardson at Pfeufer Richardson Architects of Boston, with design information and input from Desmond MacAuley of EYP/ Einhorn Yaffee Prescott, Boston, the design architects for the project. They were executed in February 2010.