Thursday, July 23, 2009

Fun with letters and names

One of the things I have done for a while is to make names with the letters sketched as buildings. I did some of these for my family a couple of years ago as Christmas presents. Just in case they are too abstract I put the name below each sketch.......

"P A R K E R"

"P A R K E R"

"J O H N S T O N"

"H O G A N"

"G A M M O N"

"E M B R E Y"

"E M B R E E"

"A L E X A N D E R"

Monday, July 20, 2009

Skethes from Chandler Oklahoma

Part of my graduate work has been to do an urban analysis of Chandler Oklahoma. Here are a few sketches from my last visit.

These are some WPA era steps that lead from 8th street in the neighborhood down to Tillghman park. This is the view looking up to the neighborhood. It is a real cave like feeling.

This is the old Phillips 66 station - currently under renovation.

Rt. 66 - Manvel Avenue - downtown Chandler

Feed production plant on the south end of town

Old First Presbyterian Church

Alley downtown Chandler

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


I have over 25 of these Moleskine accordion sketchbooks. When fully opened they are nine feet tall. I have done a series of tall building sketches in these. They are fun and make you wonder what a half mile high skyscraper might look like.

I photoshopped myself in here so you can get a sense of the scale....

I know it is nuts but I also built a model of one of my sketches. It only stands at six feet tall. Here is a photo of the model photo collaged into the OKC skyline.

Here is a view of some of the sketchbooks, notice the way the line work shows up on the edges, creating a quasi section diagram of whats inside.

I have been fortunate enough to have my sketchbooks displayed at the OU College of Architecture, in conjunction with a lecture series.

I was also invited to display them at the IAO Gallery in OKC

And for several months a rotation of the sketchooks graced the lobby at TAParchitecture.

Monday, July 6, 2009

More OKC sketches.....

Going back through some of my are some more sketches of Oklahoma City architecture.

Oklahoma City University tower - NW 23rd Street

OKC National Memorial - 5th and Harvey

Stage Center - Hudson and Sheridan

Harding Middle School - 33rd and Shartel

Milk Bottle - 23rd and Classen

OKC National Memorial - Chairs - 5th and Harvey

Founders Tower - NW Expressway

Iron Star BBQ - 36th and Shartel

Chesapeake Boathouse - Oklahoma River