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I’ve Moved!

It’s been a busy year! I ended up leaving the architecture doctorate program I was in to begin SCAD’s brand new graduate program in Themed Entertainment Design. I couldn’t be more excited! In addition I also rebuilt my entire portfolio website, to in order to see all the new cool stuff, head on over to dianebuchwalder.com.

In the library

Books and reading are extremely important to me. I have always been a reader. These days it’s more online than all the books I used to absorb, but I still buy and read quite a few. These are a few that I currently have on me (there’s no way I could have shipped my whole collection out to me– I’d be penniless!), and I figure a good start to get me going for now. I’m planning to do a small write-up about each one as I finish them– hopefully to not only acquaint myself more with the field but to make sure I’m analyzing what I’m taking in, and actually processing and learning from it as well. I’d like to avoid whatever the reading equivalent is of “in one ear and out the other”.

I’m currently starting with “Theme Park Design” and in a few weeks I’ll probably roll right through the others when I’m on spring break. That’s the hope, at least!

I have a few at home that I have finished, but would like to go back to– one about the history of a ride design company, that I recall off the top of my head. I also think I have started “Project Future” before but either finished it quickly or accidentally never finished it… but I have it now, and that’s the important part!

(On the bright side of cross-country-moving, I got a Kindle as a gift recently. It is loaded up and extremely convenient, if I do say so myself.)

Hand-drafting

I’m posting these as part of a portfolio update, but here’s the background: I took some hand drafting classes in high school, which is where some of my previous images come from. That is probably the most experience I’ve had with any certain specific type of drawing, other than taking a drawing class in college. However, we’ve done a few precendent studies in our studio class, and I figure they are probably a better representation of some of my skills since they are more recent and more intense (although I can still see areas to work on).

I have to apologize for the photo quality, I couldn’t get access to a large enough scanner to fit the whole page so they are taken from a slight angle and don’t look quite right (pun intended).

Firstly, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey house:

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Second, a few study images of the North Carlton Green House by Zen Architects:

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Baby’s first Photoshop

I don’t think I have mentioned this before, but I just started my first semester of grad school, for a Doctor of Architecture program.

So far, I am enjoying it immensely! I had initially planned to go into architecture but was convinced to study civil engineering for undergraduate instead so that I had more understanding of the technical as well as the design sides of things.

At any rate, since studying engineering is so vastly different than more artistic focuses, this is the first brush I’ve had with Photoshop. We’ve only had a very brief run-through of a few basics in the digital presentation class, as there are other programs getting more focus, but I thought it seemed like somewhat of a milestone (for me at the least).

As such I present to you my first ever photoshopped image!

This is an image-based analysis of the LAX Theme Building. I really love the shape of it (and the lightposts, too, check those out!), but I also tried to include a sense of the interior and the location in the analysis. I don’t think it’s too bad for a first try! I’m looking forward to learning a lot more about how to use Photohop, Illustrator, and other related programs.

In other news, since I’m doing more design now (all design all the time!), I’m going to try to update two to three times a week. So keep a weather eye out!

Source images pulled from around the web

New materials, new techniques

For the past few weeks, my mom and I have been taking a metal casting class. It uses the lost-wax casting method, and this is my first piece.

It is a sterling silver ring (for myself) that is a little battie-monster to perch on your finger. It is a bit wider than a normal ring (and rather pointy– watch out, he bites!), but is not too heavy or too in the way to be a nuisance.

I started with a ring blank and sketched out several ideas. You can see here some of the different designs, alongside the final wax version with a sprue attached (although I ended up attaching a second sprue to make sure the silver reached all the way out to the wings).

You can see here on the unpolished version how thick the wings are as well as the second sprue. (This is immediately after casting and release from the mold.)

And finally, the ring in action! The body of the ring was polished with different files to achieve a brushed metal look, while the teeth and wings were left mostly untouched to retain the contrast of the oxidation.

A moment of (blog) silence

Apologies for my recent absence — I have several great pictures from Halloween and other events to post, but I lost a dear family member and we are currently trying to deal with the hectic-ness that is a combination Thanksgiving/Memorial Service. Alas, a blog must fall by the wayside.

I will return soon, with lots of goodies! =)

Halloween is in the mail!

Well, I haven’t posted in a bit, sadly. Been a bit busy with family matters and trying to get everything together for Halloween! A bit of a challenge when you’re really into the details of getting things juuuuuuuust right.

But! I sent my Halloween invites out yesterday, and I thought I would share them. I originally just planned to keep my plans small this year, just do a costume since I didn’t have a big party to go to, buuuuuut that didn’t happen. I had one simple party theme idea and it sparked a whole cascade of things to do! And so here I am trying to finish them all.

I was originally just planning to do a facebook invite as well, but since the whole thing started getting theme-y, well, invites had to as well. So here are the (details changed) invites, to get the thematic wheels turning! Just a taste of what is up next with a post of the research I had to do for my costume/party:

I decided to keep it simple, just mailed them out in plain envelopes, but when I got to the post office I saw some stamps that were almost too perfect to pass up. Love the designs. Since I am sort of “setting” my party in late 1947, in the research facility of the military-industrial-complex-gone-postwar the pieces chosen by the USPS actually set the tone fairly well (although I have no idea, off the top of my head, of any piece’s actual date). The color theme actually works out pretty well in my favor as well…


Image from the USPS

And now, to collect all the resources for the research post!

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