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Pencil Drawing Digital Workflow


My Papermate Sharpwriter and Moleskine Notebook are irreplaceable, go-to tools. I’ve tried alternatives in tablets, apps, and various Wacom products many times, but I keep coming back to this graphite-on-paper solution. Here is my typical sketching workflow. It uses a couple of quick PhotoShop tricks that make simple sketches look like they require actual skill to create.

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A line sketch with no shading works well with this technique. I like to keep this kind of explanatory drawing simple and quick. I usually do a rough line sketch, erase most of it, then use what’s left to trace over the final darker lines. We will create the cool shading in step 6, but feel free to experiment with your own levels of detail and amount of shading.

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Paper Camera App


In a maze of phone camera apps, Paper Camera stands out as a fun image processor. Given the right source material, it can create impressive images with a hand drawn look. For the “drawing” above. I started with a 3D render (by Preston Brousard) from a video we are currently producing. This image processed particularly well with Paper Cameras Sketch Up (above) and Gotham Noir settings.

Other presents include Comic Boom, Half Ton and Old Printer. Slider controls allow you to adjust contrast, brightness and line weight. Check out the original image and a few others in the gallery below.

Interesting that Paper Camera does it’s image processing in real time, so you can see the image effect live displayed in the camera preview. This app is a bargain at 99¢ for iPhone and still a steal at twice the price on Android.

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Spacial thanks to producer, director Gary Hayes for turning me on to this app.

New Drawing of Houston Apple Store Design


The rendering above, of the upcoming Highland Village Apple store, is based on dozens of photos and several trips to the construction site to verify details. This drawing corrects items that were unclear in our previous drawing.

This location will be the first incarnation of Apple’s impressive new design, a variation of the patented look and feel of the Upper West Side store in New York.

The Houston store sports a unique glass back wall, with an additional entrance, identical to the front wall. Back entrances are typical of other shops in the center, but unusual for Apple stores. The photo to the right shows the current state of construction of the back wall. Note that while most construction sites are littered with lumber and steel, an Apple construction site stockpiles very thick glass panes.

Smaller than the proposed 8,000 sq ft Santa Monica location (yet to begin construction), this store will feature 3,100 sq ft of retail space under a curving glass roof, bookended by limestone clad slabs.

The “backstage” area of the store is concealed in what appears to be the adjacent building, but is actually an extension constructed for this store, as evidenced in the photo (left) by Jeff Peoples. Like an architectural magic trick, it is styled to the rather plain look of that building so as to appear separate and not effect the clean ascetics of the glass and stone minimalism.

In addition to this eight foot extension, Apple may also be taking over some of the second story space above the cupcake shop next door. Current photos show the second story windows have been recently covered over.

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Highland Village Apple Store – Glass Ceiling Spy Shot


This conspicouisly cloaked construction site in Houston conceals Apple’s next big things. Big in this case refers to about 3,100 square feet of retail space scheduled to open in January 2012. The Highland Village Apple store is unique in that it will be the second to feature their unique glass ceiling design, and the first of an upcoming reimagining of Apple architecture.

During the day, it is difficult to tell what secrets are behind the curtain. At night however, interior work lights transform the glass walls and ceiling into a glowing shape two stories tall, revealing the unmistakable curve of Apple’s patented store design.

Two other stores (that we know of) have been proposed based on this scaled down version of the revered Upper West Side NYC design. One in Santa Monica, and one in Palo Alto, CA, though neither have begun construction to date.

The photo gallery below shows a detail of the glass roof as glimpsed through a wind-blown separation in the the black cloak that covers the worksite, the NY store and  renderings of the proposed California stores. And be sure to check out Gary Allen’s photo comparison of the UWS store ceiling with one of my pics at

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Crayon Spread Sheet with No Undo

I love restaurants that provide crayons and paper table covers. I prefer this to Microsoft Excel even if the math is less accurate and there is no undo.