Tuesday, January 20, 2009

New Blogs for a New Year Part 2 - A SCHEMATIC LIFE

This is my second post dedicated to new blogs that I found last year and have grown to enjoy more and more every time I read them. My first post introduced you to designer Tobi Fairley's new blog.

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Today, meet Michelle Morelan, the very talented artist and designer of A Schematic Life. She is an interior designer based in Vancouver, BC - what is up with these crafty Canadians? They seem to be hogging a lot of the talent out there along with the Aussies!

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She has actually been blogging for a while but she blew me away with this rendering that she sent to Decorno in response to a readers design dilemma. I am absolutely in love with her rendering style - it evokes so much emotion and energy.

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She works magic with drafting velum, pens, and markers which she uses to give just enough imagery to the space without making it look sterile and two dimensional. She obviously paid close attention in drafting class and must have had some fabulous teachers.

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Even her quick renderings have a great flair to them which is hard to achieve on the spot. Good rendering is just as much about what you don't include as what you do and Michelle is very adept at using negative space.

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Like many creative talents she sometimes makes remarks about her work in posts indicating that she is not satisfied with her level of competence but I have found that those artists who continually challenge themselves to become better are ussually doing it right in the first place. So many very talented people are truly unaware how remarkable their work is to others. They can't see past the imperfections that they would like to correct. I think her work is fantastic.

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Here she is hanging out with some other talented blogging friends from North of the Border; Maria Killiam from Color Me Happy, Nancy Devries of Urban Aesthetics and my online buddy Patricia Gray. How awesome to be able to get a group of gals like this together - I'm so jealous.

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Hand rendering is a dying art in our industry and it is a subject that I am very passionate about. Whenever I speak or lecture at trade shows, schools or design centers I try to encourage designers and students to develop their hand sketching skills alongside their CAD and graphic software skills. Both are necessary in our industry but many schools have lost site of teaching these critical fundamentals. It's like teaching math majors only to use a calculator and never showing them how to find the answer to their calculations with their minds.

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When you see well done renderings you immediately understand the power that they can convey to the client.

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In a recent post Michelle walks her readers through her rendering process, step by step, showing them how she completed the rendering above which features a Nierman Weeks chandelier.

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Even her more formal renderings show her personality.

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Michelle is also very adept at sketching as she shows by posting excerpts from her sketchbooks filled with images from her travels to Amsterdam.

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She posts about other topics on design as well including sharing great sources, products, and personal stories but I am partial to her original renderings because they are so unique to her.

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Thank you Michelle for sharing your images and for the inspiration that they have given to those who see them.

I can't wait to see what you draw next.....

11 comments:

Linda Merrill said...

Wow, those are fantastic renderings! I so wish I had the ability to do that and make it look so effortless!

alex brooks said...

Love those sketches. How can you not admire a designer who does it real?

michelle said...

OMG...Jackie...I was so surprised to see this! YOU are inspired? wow. Thank you so much!

Drawing what I see (and now visualize) has become a passion of mine, and I will remind any anyone, that they can do the same.

Right back at you girl! I find your work and renderings equally inspiring, and thank you humbly for this post!

I enjoy peeking into your life :)

Michelle

Patricia Gray said...

Hi Jackie
Great post on the talented Michelle. She did a rendering for me of a Master Bedroom I designed for a client and presented it to me as a Christmas gift along with a watercolor Christmas card of the same client's living room with a wreath draped over the chair. She is amazingly talented as well as a beautiful person and a great new friend. I also think that hand rendering and drawing is a dying art in our industry and feel that it needs to be nurtured so it is not lost to the computer.

Ellen said...

The renderings are spectacular! I respectfully beg to differ about anyone being able to do the same ~ I for one can't draw a stick figure, but I sure have a great appreciation for those than can. Michelle and Jackie -- you are both gifted!

Velvet and Linen said...

Thank you for another wonderful introduction.
MIchelle Morelan's drawings have so much heart and soul. Something that you can not achieve on a computer.
I am off to visit her site.

xo
Brooke

pve design said...

Love her work too! I always enjoy seeing what she has posted.

Fotocaffe said...

I just love visual journals and find myself constantly scratching and designing. Thank you for showing Michelle Morelan's work.

Lauren said...

She's incredible.

katiedid said...

WOW! I had seen her rendering on Decorno as well and thought to myself...I have to get over to her blog for a looksee....which I never did....but now I must! Thanks Jackie! And Happy New Year to you! :)

Topsy Turvy said...

Michelle's renderings are just superb! I'm so jealous.

-Lana