Category : illustration

Laser Scans and Precision Modeling

As we mentioned in our previous post on Total Stations, electronic measuring devices are the standard when it comes to gathering precision data for 3D modeling. Laser scanners are becoming more powerful, less expensive, and thus more accessible for folks looking to create very precise 3D models. For what we do here at Fat Pencil Studio there […]

Steel Bridge Animation

Recently I wrote about a model I made of Portland’s Steel Bridge. The post featured a slideshow of the bridge at different stages in its lift process, and at the time I hadn’t yet fully animated it. I’ve had the opportunity since then to experiment with a couple of different plugins for SketchUp and was able to produce a video of the […]

Brain Candy Roundup

Here at Fat Pencil Studio, we try to have fun in our day-to-day, which is why we’ve always made a point to include what we like to call “Brain Candy” in our newsletters. Over time we’ve amassed an impressive collection of fun but stimulating links that we want to share all over again—because they’re just that […]

The Uncanny Valley

Featured Image: Roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro and the android based on his likeness. More at Geminoid.jp If you’ve never heard of it before, the uncanny valley is a phrase used to describe the discomfort-inducing zone that an image or likeness of a human passes through on its way from abstract to representational. The term was first coined in 1970 by […]

Continuous Phasing
Posted by on January 11, 2017
Posted in: construction, illustration, safety, transportation

Anyone familiar with our work knows we have made a lot of construction logistics diagrams. So when Stacy and Witbeck asked us to take a different approach in describing their planned phasing for the construction of a new streetcar line in Tempe, AZ, we were excited to try something new. Instead of showing five phases […]

Flight of the Bumblebee
Posted by on November 15, 2016
Posted in: creative community, illustration, inspiration, rendering, transportation

Flying cars, long a staple of science fiction, could soon become reality thanks to rapid advances in autonomous vehicle and drone technology. What will this look like? Your own personal car with folding wings? Perhaps these will become popular with pilots. But for the rest of us, a different model is more likely. Two years […]

Some Assembly (Diagrams) Required
Posted by on August 5, 2016
Posted in: animation, architecture, construction, DetailViz, illustration, legal, projects

When a legal dispute involves complicated information, technical jargon and/or unique physical assemblies, visual thinking tools can help lawyers better understand the facts of the case and better communicate their arguments to an audience. Buildings, structures and mechanisms can all find themselves at the center of a dispute. Understanding how the parts of the assembly […]

Medical Diagrams
Posted by on July 7, 2016
Posted in: animation, graphic design, illustration, imaging, legal, projects

When a legal dispute involves complicated information, technical jargon and/or unique physical structures, visual thinking tools can help lawyers better understand the facts of the case and better communicate their arguments to their audience. Medical malpractice law is a prime example. Injuries and illnesses, and their diagnoses and treatments, have to be described by medical […]

Pow-Div BRT Outreach
Posted by on January 13, 2016
Posted in: events, illustration, projects, transportation

Since early 2014, Metro has been leading a planning effort to establish a rapid transit line that connects downtown Portland with Gresham along SE Powell and Division. The outcome of the Steering Committee’s work so far has been to establish Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) as the preferred mode (over rail), and to express preferences for […]

Graphic Display Skinning
Posted by on November 6, 2014
Posted in: graphic design, illustration, software, tips and tricks

In computing, a “skin” is a custom graphical appearance that can be applied to a program or interface. Products—cellphone cases and laptops, for example—can have skins that allow the user to change their appearance at will. The ability to quickly replace, update and visualize graphics is also a useful design tool for people who work […]