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AKVIS Sketch in Architecture

 

The author of this article is Rolfe Singerman.

Working with the Photo Shop plug-in version of AKVIS Sketch, Rolfe Singerman, retired art and photography instructor, is planning an exhibit of digitally enhanced images of a century of architecture displayed in the over 118 homes that line the mile and a half length of Washington Street in Cumberland, Maryland. This is the street that in the nineteenth century gave rise to elegant homes of the Federal, Queen Anne, and Victorian architectures. George Washington set up the first home at the head of this street, a cabin and army headquarters combined. For six weeks starting in July of 2011 the Allegany Arts Council's Saville Gallery will display the entire street in vivid structural detail. Layers of photographic color and finely tuned pencil drawings will emphasize the individual characteristics of each style represented on this historic street.

Balustrade

I chose AKVIS Sketch for its ability to draw attention to the unique structures, patterns, and textures that might otherwise be unnoticed in a regular color photo. With an address such as 500 Washington Street I save the AKVIS transformation as ‘500 sketch’ and immediately open the color original beside it. Since they are identical in size I can position the black and white drawing on top and cut out a few areas allowing some of the underlying photo to show. I try to let the design elements and architectural style guide me in choosing just enough color for eye appeal. The Photo Shop eraser tool gives me another method for teasing in some color.

Turret

To go along with the exhibit of 12x16 architectural renderings, I am also using AKVIS Sketch to illustrate a book, “Dictionary of Washington Street Architecture” that depicts dozens of architectural features that appear in the design of these classic homes. A matching photographic drawing will accompany each term and definition and be labeled with an address linking it to one of the show pieces.

Postcard

With time on my side and so many images to create I expect to pause a while after each block of homes and consider how successfully I’m using the substantial adjustments offered with the AKVIS Sketch program. I may even opt for no natural color and simply use Photo Shop’s ‘colorize’ option to sepia tone each drawing. No matter the outcome, I trust the local residents and tourists will find joy in viewing the distinctive design of this part of town without having to brave the weather or walk all the way up hill on original brick paving. I suspect, too, the emphasis of line drawings will help better portray architecture of the Victorian period.

House

 

Here are the other examples of using AKVIS Sketch in architecture (see more...):

Classic Style
Classic Style
Artistic Style
Artistic Style
 
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Classic Style — Classic Style
   — Artistic Style — Artistic Style
   — Timeline — Timeline
   — Toolbar — Toolbar
   — Background Effects — Background Effects
   — Adding a Frame — Adding a Frame
   — Text and Watermark — Text and Watermark
   — Drawing on a Canvas — Drawing on a Canvas
   — Presets — Presets
   — Preferences — Preferences
   — Batch Processing — Batch Processing
Examples Examples
   — Pencil Sketch: Let's Draw a Tulip — Pencil Sketch: Let's Draw a Tulip
   — Convert a Photo to a Color Sketch — Convert a Photo to a Color Sketch
   — Transform a Video into a Cartoon — Transform a Video into a Cartoon
   — Sketch Gallery — Sketch Gallery
   — Pastel Drawing Technique — Pastel Drawing Technique
   — AKVIS Sketch in Architecture — AKVIS Sketch in Architecture
   — Graphite Pencil Portrait — Graphite Pencil Portrait
   — Watercolor Drawing — Watercolor Drawing
   — Artistic Processing — Artistic Processing
   — Watercolor Painting out of Photo — Watercolor Painting out of Photo
   — Winter Dream: Fairy-Tale Forest — Winter Dream: Fairy-Tale Forest
   — A Woman in a Tub: a Real Work of Art — A Woman in a Tub: a Real Work of Art
   — Watercolor Portrait — Watercolor Portrait
   — Pencil Sketch of a Pet — Pencil Sketch of a Pet
   — Postcard Framed in Pencil Drawing — Postcard Framed in Pencil Drawing
   — Baseball Photo to Color Drawing — Baseball Photo to Color Drawing
   — Make a Sketch from a Wolf Photo — Make a Sketch from a Wolf Photo
   — Motorshow: a Pencil Drawing — Motorshow: a Pencil Drawing
   — Wild Beast of Prey: Watercolor — Wild Beast of Prey: Watercolor
   — A Hand Draws a Hand — A Hand Draws a Hand
   — Convert Vector Drawing to Sketch — Convert Vector Drawing to Sketch
   — Portrait out of a Newspaper Clipping — Portrait out of a Newspaper Clipping
   — Quiet Harbor: a Watercolor Painting — Quiet Harbor: a Watercolor Painting
   — A Little Girl: B&W Pencil Sketch — A Little Girl: B&W Pencil Sketch
   — Westmuir Street in Glasgow — Westmuir Street in Glasgow
   — Sweet Couple: Create a Postcard — Sweet Couple: Create a Postcard
   — Black-and-White Image in Photo Frame — Black-and-White Image in Photo Frame
   — Dream to Reality: How to Blend... — Dream to Reality: How to Blend...
   — Christmas Card from a Photo — Christmas Card from a Photo
   — Artist at Work — Artist at Work
   — Friends in a Cafe: Sketch&Blur — Friends in a Cafe: Sketch&Blur
   — Versailles: Traveling to the Past — Versailles: Traveling to the Past
   — Drawing on Aged Paper — Drawing on Aged Paper
   — Self-Expression: Sketch in a Minute — Self-Expression: Sketch in a Minute
   — Two Beloved Dogs — Two Beloved Dogs
   — Orchid: Drawing in Watercolor Pencil — Orchid: Drawing in Watercolor Pencil
   — Shiny Apple: An Artist's Touch — Shiny Apple: An Artist's Touch
   — Cardinal: A Scene From Nature — Cardinal: A Scene From Nature
   — Variations On A Rose — Variations On A Rose
   — Cute Girl: а Pastel Drawing on Paper — Cute Girl: а Pastel Drawing on Paper
   — On a Bright Street (Sketch&Photo) — On a Bright Street (Sketch&Photo)
   — Mount Saint Michel Watercolor — Mount Saint Michel Watercolor
   — Gala Evening — Gala Evening
   — Radiant Girl: a Detailed Color Portrait — Radiant Girl: a Detailed Color Portrait
   — Parisian Chic — Parisian Chic
   — Toy Story: Create Your Own Comics — Toy Story: Create Your Own Comics
   — Video Clip Processing — Video Clip Processing
   — Creation of a Short-Film Storyboard — Creation of a Short-Film Storyboard
   — Smudging Technique on a Sketch — Smudging Technique on a Sketch
   — Making Embroidery Patterns — Making Embroidery Patterns
   — Quicktime Transition — Quicktime Transition
   — Red Oleander (Old Drawing Effect) — Red Oleander (Old Drawing Effect)
   — Seeing Eye Dog (Comic Book) — Seeing Eye Dog (Comic Book)
   — Produce Illustrations for an RPG Article — Produce Illustrations for an RPG Article
   — Student Project: City by Water — Student Project: City by Water
   — Timeline: Stop the moment! — Timeline: Stop the moment!
   — Sunny Sketch — Sunny Sketch
   — Electric Horses: Glowing Drawing — Electric Horses: Glowing Drawing
   — Reflections on the Garry Oak — Reflections on the Garry Oak
   — Creating a 3D Drawing — Creating a 3D Drawing

 

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