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Exploded View
Posted by on May 3, 2011
Posted in: DetailViz, inspiration, projects

(Above: Exploded view of a gear assembly, from Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Atlanticus, now available for online browsing.) We like to make things clear. When illustrating complex systems or assemblies, we highlight important components while maintaining sight of the surrounding context. Techniques like exploded view and cutaway diagrams are great for this: visually describing each part and how it […]

Seeing Solar
Posted by on April 5, 2011
Posted in: energy, environment, geomodeling, projects

For those planning a solar energy development, it may be easy to imagine what the finished installation will look like. Describing this vision to others… not so easy. That’s where we come in. Using a site photo and a conceptual layout, Fat Pencil Studio can produce an accurate 3d image of your project. Whether a […]

Geomodeling
Posted by on March 1, 2011
Posted in: geomodeling, projects

Google is out to model the world. We’re here to help. Whether for sightseeing, research, or visualization, Google Earth has become an indispensable geographical tool. It brings together streets, terrain, buildings, street-level views, and now even trees, in a single window. At Fat Pencil Studio, we use it daily. This virtual earth wasn’t built in a day, though, or […]

West Hills Wind
Posted by on February 1, 2011
Posted in: energy, environment, geomodeling, projects

Captivating. Hypnotic. Distracting. Mesmerizing. No matter how one feels about windmills, we can certainly agree that they are moving. Spinning and rotating with the speed and direction of the wind, the motion is a reminder of our energy consumption and our connection with the environment. For this reason, visualizing windmills with just a still image […]

Underground
Posted by on January 11, 2011
Posted in: construction, inspiration, projects

Out of sight, out of mind.  For better or worse, it’s often the case. Consider, for example, the underground systems of a city: the electrical, gas, water, and sewer lines that power, hydrate, and, er, relieve our lives.  Tucked away below the grid of streets and sidewalks, they are easily taken for granted by urban […]

The Webinar
Posted by on June 21, 2010
Posted in: creative community, environment, projects

Almost as long as I’ve been running Fat Pencil Studio, I have been reading monthly news digest emails from Sustainable Industries. This year, Fat Pencil Studio had the opportunity to create 3d models for each winner of their upcoming feature: Top 10 Green Buildings Products of 2010. On Tuesday June 22 (tomorrow) at 10am, I will […]