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12 life-important creator's habits for Pictures of Architecture

teacher avatar Dalibor Dzurilla, Strategic Architect Presentator

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction and why you should care?


    • 2.

      HABIT #1: Plan by Hand First


    • 3.

      HABIT #2: Creative Timemanagement


    • 4.

      HABIT #3: Pomodoro Tactics


    • 5.

      HABIT #4: Techniques Render / Non-Render


    • 6.

      HABIT #5: One Viz One Thought


    • 7.

      HABIT #6: 100 Hours of Resources


    • 8.

      HABIT #7 : Use the Grid


    • 9.

      HABIT #8: Compose by Three Plans


    • 10.

      HABIT #9: Do Self-control of the Picture


    • 11.

      HABIT #10: Print or Die


    • 12.

      HABIT #11: Convert Colours


    • 13.

      HABIT #12: Save continuously


    • 14.

      Final Thoughts and a Bonus Habit


    • 15.

      Bonus to the Task: Explaination How to Review Your Visualization


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About This Class

Class Overview

This class is about 12 important habits in 3 categories when you do a visual picture on digital tools (PC or iPad), and everything is gathered in 1 checklist.  

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It summarizes 12 life-important creator's habits based on principles like efficiency, sustainability, simplicity, and non-destructivity. 

This class wants to be interdisciplinary overlap and something inspirational like many classes here on Skillshare are for me. 

That's why I also created something from my field of Architecture to inspire you to do better and more sustainable creative work. 

What is it about?

This class is about 12 habits when you do your visual picture of Architecture or some space. When you want to create an architectural picture, visualization, or illustration on a Computer or Tablet.

These habits came from my 7 years of expertise as a visual interpreter of architectural projects into visual instances (Such as portfolios, pictures, posters, and websites) 

For who is it / Is it not?

Of course, it is for

  • architects, urban planners, landscape designers, interior designers, and others who design the environment and present it with visual pictures (visualizations), From students to freelancers or employees.

But as we speak about overlap and interdisciplinarity, it is definitely for

  • creators like graphic designers, illustrators, comix creators, visual artists, or draftsmen who do visual pictures on PC.
  • If you feel that you have a lack of time management or a system of work.
  • For those who want to be inspired in other fields and not just recycle what is already standard in their fields.

It's not for

  • people who haven't done any visualization yet. This is a more intermediate class focused on process optimization. Unfortunately, I shot it earlier than the class about a simple approach to the visualization of architecture which I teach live now. Sorry about that.

What will you learn from it?

  • Manage your time.
  • Set up your process of image creation
  • Be effective in image creation.
  • Essential tips for designing an image/ visualization.
  • Essential tips for finishing a visual image

So I welcome you to my pilot class about how to do a visualization effectively and with excitement!

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Dalibor Dzurilla

Strategic Architect Presentator


Hello, I'm Dalibor.

I'm an architect who inspires through teaching. 

I help architects to represent their works effectively, with proper time management, technology, identity, and graphical skills in our consulting studio VISUIN. Based in Prague. 10 years already. 

I teach in several schools (ARCHIP), speak, and I am also Ph.D. researcher (FA CTU) on the topic of architectural "Digital sketching as a communication tool between architect and client." 

I have written and presented two articles about this topic so far. 


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I love technology (such as Apple) and effectivity (such as Pomodoro) in combination with architectural design.

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1. Introduction and why you should care?: this class has a specific ambition to give you a new include about how to manage creating digital visual pictures. It's about habits, slash tips for creators I mentioned before, and all of you guys who do visual pictures off architecture, no matter which profession you are, or no matter which technique news. First of all, download these 12 point checklist off habits. When you are going to do your visual picture, go through it on, then watch particulary Dios about each habit. Try to follow the key idea, and that's that It should be effective for you. Fast and straight forward. I believe you can inspire yourself from an architectural effective process, which I teach now, but I was observing on for wishing it for 15 years now, seven years in school and eight years as a professional till now. And I'm still polishing it further because, you know, new technology, new possibilities, new assignments. But these habits should be consistent and timeless. If you want to work on something, you can work on your actual visualization or illustration or any digital picture and try to measure and track several things, including perfectionism or hardest part of the joke. When you review your picture through my card, you will learn something about your work, for example, where you have a critical point, or how long does it take to make this thing? My idea is to make a huge gallery off different approaches with major data, and these way, everyone can see your work from a different perspective and realize how much work is behind . Because what borders me is that everyone sees only those pictures that take God knows how long and God knows in what software's then. It's no wonder that many off creators try to compete. I believe that everyone can be unique. So let's go to be better and more excited about what you are doing. And I hope that my checklist will help you download the checklist and go explore your work . Be my class. See you inside 2. HABIT #1: Plan by Hand First: First category from the checklist, these blend overall strategy is Print 3D audio, overlay, draw the oldies realization. Make photo of a drawing and food into your software where you want to do post-processing visualization. Every picture, not only regionalization, should be blend as a sketch first, why? There is a much better connection between the brains imaginations, and then between his head, mouse and computer screen. And also the options and features in computer. Don't click right away. In Photoshop or aluminum. Scan the sketch and overlay your shot from 3D model in your post-processing software? No. Just recreate it in a style it won't. So the process, what I'm talking about here is straightforward. Only lazy architects don't do this because it's out of comfort zone. The thick pencil is much better than thin marker when you are blending your repolarization. The thick pencil, you can avoid a lot of details which is necessary in a concept face. Many architects are data, at least even perfectionists, and this marker doesn't tell you if you stick a pencil. 3. HABIT #2: Creative Timemanagement: Maybe you know the situation. You are sitting in front of the computer last night before the deadline of your project and starting to do some digitalization. Because until now we would either to have proper 3D model, you'd think you didn't have final project and you couldn't do any visual pictures. These way, the visualization could be ugly or at least rational or explanatory checkout, our diagram of curve for ugliness visualization takes time. And the sooner you start, the higher state you can reach. The sustainable way is to do the visualization as a concept way more sooner. For example, if you have 12 weeks for the project study phase, you can start with visualization around fifth or sixth week because you can have the concepts already. And that means you could know the main ideas on and strong points of your concept. We can visualize them. Girth of ugliness depends on the amount of time. What do you have, your experience in visualization? Your resources like textures, silhouettes, or even energy. And how complicated the project. Even if your design isn't finished yet at all, we have to good techniques. You can upgrade to your visualization continuously in time. Network steep number two. 4. HABIT #3: Pomodoro Tactics: Tip number three, blend the time of your visualization, the time what you have left for doing one of pictures. You can plan in Pomodoro sections where you particularly know what you need to do. Wait, what is ponder and let me explain. It's a very simple time management technique for productive work called After a little tickling machine from the teaching. In general. It is set for 25 minutes, which is the best amount of time for the brain mark, then you will get a reward. Five-minutes break for a social or anything you want. I advise to stand up and drink and again, go for a some next four to session. So the key is to know what do you need to do in your visualization. For example, the glass on the house or the background photo for the side are looking for to particularly silhouettes or cutouts for your visualization. Simply draw all the elements of how VK they will be in the visualization. We will know the detail. What do you need to achieve? Checkout our blog about pomodoro and architect. 5. HABIT #4: Techniques Render / Non-Render: The next category is think about the visualization. And the first step from here is about hyper realistic outputs and some frustrations connected with it. Number four, in the thin section of visualizations, we have few rules. First of them is self confidence and not to look on others. Because I had it all lead to very nice various 360 degrees. Why you should hold just one? Okay, The idea is about rendering techniques. All of us wants beautiful pictures. He'd doral is thick and the best, but there is so much styles don't hold just one of them. I'm exploring them on my PhD thesis about visualizations. Therefore, I know that some of them are more suitable for work of architect then the heap or realistic style. Some of them don't take so much time as you can see and can express pretty nice the character or identity of creator. You can choose the style according to the level of detail and according to phase of the project. The next time, don't panic. If someone has in competition hyper-realistic visualizations and you have just SketchUp collages. The key is visualized benefits for the clients or for the jury, not the shiny materials and amazing effects. Amazing. Just SketchUp colors, which is cool. 6. HABIT #5: One Viz One Thought: Tip number 51 of his realization, one main fault. This one is very simple but very effective. It's in category rethinking. Remember that one visualization means one idea. There are two ways approach to visualization content. First one, I want to show everything in one shot. This idea is supported very often by two-point perspective shots because there is a lot of space. So we want to fill it up. When you choose one. When you choose one-point perspective, you will be automatically forced to focus on one thing and visualization. That's why I recommend one-point perspective. Actually the way how to approach great visualization is to choose just the most powerful moments from your design and these should be visualized. One more thing is interesting when you combine more than one moment into one picture, it is going to be three or four times more difficult to produce that idea in one shot. In images, you should show what do you have designed, not what do you don't have years, because you cannot focus on everything in the architecture design. This is true, also individualisation Or picture itself. Rather, choose the shots according to what you have to design, what you like, or what is the core and key of your project and visualize them, each one separately. 7. HABIT #6: 100 Hours of Resources: Don't look silhouettes or cutouts for a 100 hours. Personally, try to think what kind of people do need emotionally, positional by their gestures. Then try to look even on paid pages like stock photos or Adobe Stock. Do recognize yourself in this looking for hours, the right phone. Makes sure, Be sure. You have heard in architecture, we have our and thrash. The only way how to avoid it is simply look for something which is at least 50%. What do you need? And move on. This is the only agile way and how to not stuck on one task and move forward and later on to get back and solve. When you will have more information. You can redraw them in iPad or by Wacom on in Illustrator or Affinity Designer. The options are quite wide in the way of simplifying stuff. So don't be perfectionist. I believe you get the idea of this habit. 8. HABIT #7 : Use the Grid: Finally, we are going to create a category. And the first tape from here is the grid composition. What does it mean? When you are going to create one? Start with the grid composition. It's a crucial thing in visualization. Very often, you could not know where to put some elements on visualization scene. So degreed is an amazing helper. This picture from nice architects studio can explain very well. It looks like composition without rules, but it is a nice example of walk with the grid. You can see the horizon is one of the horizontal lines from the grid. We've run of the vertical guide. We had the lines sun. And the second there is a walking lighting. Also take a look at quadrants, how it works. We feel left quadrant, dynamic pupil, a right quadrant sitting people, and the middle quadrant, the element which is going out from the picture to us as viewers. An amazing example to show the benefits of the project in a very simple way. 9. HABIT #8: Compose by Three Plans: It was three plants. There is another tip in the category of creating visualizations. When you want to build picture consciously, you need to know that every visualization has three plants. The first plan is designed Oreo building itself. The second one is the staff behind the focus the object. And the third is in the front of the object. Basically it limits the attention to the desired object. It also shows the relations between background and foreground. It helps you to create all of the picture. The workflow means you should put your object first, then the background, and then the foreground background can create 50% of the final atmosphere because often takes half of the space of visualization. You can use this knowledge also in the interior and exterior visualizations. Very easy but crucial deep for strong professional output. 10. HABIT #9: Do Self-control of the Picture: Self control of the visualization. What does it mean? When you work a long time on one picture? As a visualization, very often you will lose the ability to see the mistakes. It's called visual blindness. You can refresh your view on the picture by simply flip the horizontal picture, your brain will get a new impulse. So we will quickly reveal all the mistakes. Let me show you how I will do it in Photoshop. Digitalization. Amazing. 11. HABIT #10: Print or Die: Number ten, I called it better. If you don't know how to continue with the visualization branded out and draw into it by hand. Again, we are not built to see mistakes, threats on monitors. And again, you cannot inland the visualization in computer screen because your head is busy. The software tools and controls. So print it, drove into it, scan it, and place into software, and work again. Next round on your visualization, I will show you in a little example of how to do it. 12. HABIT #11: Convert Colours: Rgb or CMYK don't send visualizations to print in RGB, color space could go out where it different colors, rather switch them very easily during the PDF export to CMY color space in Europe, the most used color space quoted for graph 39. So let me show you, Hey, but what is actually RGB and CMYK? Why we use two color spaces? In short transfer. We don't know how to print with the light. That's why we need another color space. Imagine you start in a dark black space and you add three wavelengths, the red, green, and blue. So you're getting brighter and brighter, teal to the white. This works in all devices where colors are displayed by light. Cameras, scanners, also in our eye, RGB is a wavelength of light. And CMYK. Those are pigments, cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. Black K. You start on a white canvas and each from these pigment absorbs the light. So overlapping them, you are getting darker and darker colors feel the black. First problem is that these two colors systems don't match with the colors in RGB, you can get much brighter colors then in CMYK. In the second problem is when you work with RGB in Photoshop or in other software, you can easily get to the colors which are out of gamut for printing. And those scholars must be translated to the brain table, pigment when you are going to print your picture. That's why is the best not leave this job on the printer by the do it on your own graphic software, for example, on Photoshop. Where are good algorithms for that? Of course, this topic is much deeper than this simple explanation. But for us creators, I hope it should be enough. So let me show you again how to do it in Photoshop very quickly. Save as a Photoshop PDF format, not Photoshop, only. Then add CMYK and behind the name of the file, socio quickly know it's CMYK. The options doesn't matter here. In the next dialog, we will change the settings. Here we just change standard profile to pdf x 12001. In output, you can control your core as a working CMYK profile. That change. You can also see no Photoshop Editing Capabilities. Let's save to PNG. Because we wanted to see RGB, all ours. In the PNG. You can set up three sizes of the file. Let's check the difference between CMYK and RGB. The darker is CMYK. And of course, you want to print in CMYK because it's much safer to get colors. What you want. 13. HABIT #12: Save continuously: Control loss s. The number 12, control plus S is a very obvious and easy, right? But what if you forget your software shutdown accidentally, then play. And you didn't hit Control S for four hours. Okay. That's a misery. Tried to have a reflex when you do something complex or you finish your Pomodoro session, you can hit Control S as a basic thing in your brain. You need to adjust that shortcut. Maybe the new generation of young people will never need to use these shortcut again. Because software nowadays is so intelligent the day safe every moment when you don't do anything on BC or every step is saved right away. For example, concepts up in tablet. This is the last deep, just for explaining and just for fun. Cm. 14. Final Thoughts and a Bonus Habit: so days was it? Beast are 12 habits which I use a gross different tools when I do visualizations or other architectural pictures or presentations and when I need to explain to my clients how they should approach to their presentation off pictures and works. Don't forget to do an analyzes off your picture and share with me. What was important here are free categories. So plan think and create three parts of creative process Big One, which you can apply to your work for right away. Give me you know which one was the most interesting and most help for you and the 13 having almost one do a review off your work constantly. Only then you can learn and girl proficient. Build your library off, analyzed works and be the best in what you do. So thank you one more time and CEO maybe on another class by by Why is this important 15. Bonus to the Task: Explaination How to Review Your Visualization: So if you want to do a review off your visualization, let's download review card from the glass projects and resource is stop here. A new window will open where you can just type email on name on the card will be immediately said to. And then you can place your card in whatever software award for the shop in design Illustrator or iPad ups. Such a snot ability, concepts or even Apple oats. And let's go analyze your visa, Liz Ation. Okay, now I mean iPad, concepts up where I placed my review card. Let's place my visual here. We will start with the name of the project MediaTek in Brock. Now let's start with the Great and Guides analyzes. We will stretch the guides to the whole visuals to find if the composition is okay. Here I am trying to find a whole great composition for the picture, so basically duplicated and stretch it about the whole picture. Great. Then let's check the composition off entourages. How they are placed in the whole picture. Sitting in garage is placed in front of the buildings. Edge on. It could be a little shifted. The woman her head should be on the rise in line. So I marked it. Now the analyzes off the shapes fully line on threes is something what I like. So I will make the visual note about it and the bully line off the building. Okay, now move further into the process itself. Did I sketch it a first? Yes. Did I used the Greek for the composition? Yes. Did I use free plants according to greet? Yes. So let's drove these three plans rule into the visual so I can later remember it. Let's make a little legend to these three colors. Did I print it out? And how many times did it help me? If yes, try to make mark about these or a little knowledge bodies. Great. So that was the process. And now let's go with time management. When I started this project just tried to ride down the month or the day. When should it be finished? And what was the reality? So these free roses about these also important piece riel Time off my work on this picture . I went we for Maduro technique. So writing there in Maduro's particulate, her sections of my regionalisation, the next big topic is project management. Let's start with software I've used sketch up. And then I import my pictures straight to the 40 show right down. Also importance or stage off the project where I made the realization. And of course, in Walt Parts I waas perfectionist. And what was the critical point or the hardest part on my visual? Did I enjoy something or what I enjoyed most or what was the best on my work? If you have something other, what you need to note in use bottom part? In my case, I used the name of the file and where I can find thes violator in my computer. And I forgot for the main thought off the picture. For sure there should be one story, not mawr. If so, try to put an exclamation as a warning for the future regionals. Check a number five from the checklist or the video from the class about one thought in one picture. Okay, and that's it. You can easily right these data in the war in design, photo shop or in iPad, as I mentioned before. And of course, write down the date when you create this review card, and that's it. Now you can upload your review car, tow our gallery. I will be the most pleased if you do. And thank you once again on use it as much as you can. If you want to be great in these kind of visuals, all the best buy.