Drawing Types

Drawing Type 1.) Stages of the Lifecycle of Decay and Renewal:

Storyboard showing what the ‘intervention’/ act of passive decay exactly is at each stage. This drawing will be used as a sort of key, so it is clear when looking at any realisation drawing, what stage of the lifecycle it relates to. Thumbnails will be copied onto the larger drawings to also make this clear.

To do:

  • Add timescale in years, showing length of time it takes to get to each stage.
  • Keep adding garden/ landscape stages ( the lifecycle is incomplete as shown here)(FINALDRAWINGS)_IsoProcess

Drawing Type 2.)  ‘Spiral’ Concept drawings for all three cottages over the landscape- Prospect, Pleasant Cottage and Shingle House  (These will finally link together it one big landscape Spiral drawing)

Drawings show perspective views as a collage in a spiral format showing how the site’s occupation shifts from each protagonist. This is emphasised by the distorted way of looking for each protogonist e.g. Derek’s human view, bird’s magnified view, garden’s ‘worms eye’ view and landscapes aerial view.

To do:

  • Add annotation overly page outlining how each of the views relates to the whole spiral process of decay and renewal – e.g. ‘beachcombing for treasures’
  • Maybe I will overly sketching and material collage onto these drawings to resemble what I have done before.
  • I need to make the perspective views more seamless, but for now I am just placing them in the order that they are relevent in the spiral process.

Prospect Cottage Spiral drawing (Unfinished):


Pleasant Cottage Spiral Drawing (Unfinished):


Shingle House Spiral Drawing- this still needs to be set up!

Drawing Type 3.)

Exploded drawing showing the stages of decay/ design process and what elements are subtracted/ added to and from the site. The direction of this drawing dictate different things. From bottom to top it is showing what parts of the site have been subtracted/ removed beginning with Prospect Cottage as the core. From left to right it is showing what effect this has on the development of the site. I have also started to add pleasant cottage showing how the same process has infected that site (bottom to top)- and similarly the effects of this on the landscape (left to right). Each of the individual pages are size A3. I am hoping that I can print several large drawings that link together as shown to make one big final drawing encompassing the whole project.

I have already begun hand drawing over some of these basic line drawings. I will also try to go back to the collage style I used earlier on and use the two drawing styles together.

Sorry for the bad quality screen shot!

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To do:

  • All drawings are line work for now- but will rework in both hand drawing and collage drawing styles.
  • Keep adding views from more stages of the process
  • I would like this drawing to be more continuous and linked on each individual A3 page, but I am not sure how.
  • Annotate all drawings- outlining the stage of the process

Hand drawing progress:

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This week:

Now I have these drawings set up I am going to continuously add to them with views as I finish the design. I have still yet to draw my interventions onto Pleasant cottage and Shingle House, but these are both modelled now so I can get on with that and I can add to these drawings as I go. Also I am going to try and do at least one hand drawing a day from now and see how that goes.

Any advice on the execution of these drawings would be great! Thanks!



Drawing showing Prospect and Pleasant at garden stages. (needs to be more infiltration in the gaps from Prospect to Pleasant):


Example of the section I would like to detail at various scales (zooming in further each time to show a more magnified view of voids and material quality):


3 thoughts on “Drawing Types

  1. Hi Helen,
    Lots of new drawings, and a lot of work which is great to see. I will go through your post in order with comments on things to think about when developing these drawings:

    Drawing Type 1.) Stages of the Lifecycle of Decay and Renewal:
    This is great and has the potential to work as a sort of index or table of contents for your project BUT is still all about the first two stages in the lifecycle: Jarman and the Bird. It needs to show the garden and the landscape stages ASAP since until they start to infiltrate the project more its hard to see the bigger picture and to understand the complete remit of the project. I would tackle this as soon as possible. I saw you did a great garden drawing on the blog last week but I’m still dying to know how the garden proliferates to take over the landscape. Adding in the time span will elevate the drawing and give it even more meaning, and also could be a way to make connections between the individually spaced drawings using arrows to show the continuity of time across the duration of your project.

    Drawing Type 2.) ‘Spiral’ Concept drawings for all three cottages over the landscape- Prospect, Pleasant Cottage and Shingle House (These will finally link together it one big landscape Spiral drawing):
    I really like the composite nature of these drawings and how they collapse different viewpoints into a single plane of the drawing. Doing them for more than one house is useful to show this as a site strategy rather than something specific to Jarman’s house but modelling the three houses must have taken ages! At the moment its hard to see what the intact house looks like so maybe in the corner of the page you can have a small thumbnail of the house cut out to show its appearance in reality, and then in your drawing dissect it. What’s missing from these is a sense of decay which I guess you will work into it, and also the final stages of garden and landscape. In the end, the landscape aspect of the drawings should be where they connect – i.e. when all the houses are returned to the landscape it becomes continuous. Perhaps you can annotate these drawings around the perimeter to show us the lifecycle/ transfer of ownership, or you could do this with a trace overlay so that the drawing can be viewed as a whole composition or with the overlay seen as individual parts comprising a whole? I would collage texture onto these drawings strategically so that some parts remain as black and white line drawings since I think if you collage everything it might get confusing, it might help to think about the scale of the user/ occupant/ owner of each stage and collage only that amount of space that they would immediately inhabit so that it almost ghosts in their presence into the drawing? And also will allow for us to see how the project increases in scale as the house decays into the garden and the garden proliferates across the landscape.

    Drawing Type 3.) Exploded drawing showing the stages of decay/ design process and what elements are subtracted/ added to and from the site:
    This set of drawings look great but as you correctly suggest it seems quite disparate as a collection at the moment. Maybe you need arrows to connect them and show the transformation taking place across each A3, is the view changing and how? Is it a zoom in, zoom out, axo, birds eye view, worms eye view, perspective etc – maybe a key drawing on the corner of each page to show which aspect of the project that particular A3 is showing would help but also dotted lines and arrows that break up the boundaries of each A3 to show the movement of materials over the process of time (decay) would help make it a weird version of an exploded axo, or atleast quite dynamic to bring these individual parts together. I would think more about whether the pages should all be linked together to form one enormous drawing because that could be quite unwieldy to present and unfold, or if its a booklet with some connected pages folding out but others just in sequence? Maybe a different unfolding set for each house? I really love the hand drawings but again I like how they could appear or disappear and interplay with the simpler line drawings – I think its important to use collage and hand drawings strategically to bring certain parts of the line drawings to life.

    My advice would be to focus on figuring out the final two stages of the project – the garden and the landscape first before doing the Shingle House and Pleasant Cottage drawings since once you have a complete understanding of all four phases of the lifecycle those drawings will be easier. Keep up the great work and I hope this helps!

    1. Hi Manijeh,
      Thanks for your feedback- just a few more points to add..

      I feel like I have all the ingredients ready to show the garden proliferates the landscape, but that hasn’t come across in my drawings yet- but I am confident that it will before the crit. The reason why I drew the other two houses in such detail is because I needed to show how other cottages were inhabited and constructed because this is the first stage of my landscape phases of growth. Now I have this information I can determine how this will inform the infection process.
      My phases of growth for the landscape are:
      1.) In-habitation
      2.) Structures become obsolete
      3.) Infiltration of decaying detritus
      4.) Proliferation and growth
      I feel like the landscape drawing will proliferate itself once I have infected all houses to the garden stage- so I was thinking this might be the last set of drawings that I do as it will form naturally out of all of the other phases. What do you think? (I have added to my post above an image showing Prospect and Pleasant at garden stage to show what I mean- I think there needs to be more infiltration of the detritus from Prospect to Pleasant and this is what instigates the spiral process onto Pleasant Cottage.)

      Right now I am focusing on details for tech on Tuesday because I think I have lost some of the detailed material quality of the redstart voids that I was interested in in the first place.

      I am also hoping I have time to CNC another model showing the voids within the restart stages- but will have to plan that this weekend if I am going to get it done.

      I guess what I am asking is- what should I focus on as a priority right now, detail and model, or landscape?

      Thanks again!

      1. Hi Helen, it seems like you know what you need to work on and in what priority. For now, work on elements for tech so you can get the most out of Tuesday’s tutorial and then keep going with the houses if that will help to get them all to the same level and then do the landscape as a unifying gesture. The different phases sound good. I just wanted to make sure that you didn’t leave the landscape too late since you want to have some time to feed it into the many different drawing types you have created and refine it so I would aim to do it sooner rather than later so that you have a developed version for the crit on 2 May. Don’t worry too much about all of this – just keep going with developing it all. Good luck!

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