Thursday, February 25, 2010

Watercolor Practice

This is a contour drawing I did of Kacie Leisure in the first year drawing class I T.A. for that I later watercolored.  Suzanne showed us a watercolor demonstration in class that really helped me with my watercoloring skills.  I plan to use watercolor more often with rendering, now that I've gained more confidence in this medium.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Day Trip: Albemarle, NC Opera House

The opera house in Albemarle was just next door to the building our class will be designing, but these days it lies empty. The images below are pictures I took of the balcony space. The opera house ceiling was once covered in these magnificent metal tiles, but the tiles have since fallen down and are now in stacks on the floor. The lighting was particularly moving with the five circular windows as the only light source. It would appear that the balcony space is now used mainly for storage of old antique furniture and a place for dust to settle. I'd love to try and incorporate both spaces into my design, but I have not decided yet on how to do so.

Day Trip: Albemarle, NC

Our studio class took a field trip to the small town of Albemarle this past Monday. We did a site study of a space in the downtown area that was a Belk clothing store back in the day. The townspeople we consulted are looking for an exciting design idea that will revive their downtown that has suffered due to a thriving Wal-mart shopping center nearby. They specifically wanted a "young person's perspective", given that the town has a high population of senior citizens, so that is what we intend to give them.