Who we are

Fat Pencil Studio is a visual presentation company.

Our staff has the technical expertise necessary to translate complex details into compelling graphics. Our clients see results: successful project outcomes and improved collaboration with stakeholders.

The “Fat Pencil” is a nod to the traditional tool an architect uses to get key ideas on paper quickly, without getting bogged down by complex details. We also use a range of digital modeling, design and presentation tools to create explanatory images and presentations.


JOSHUA COHEN founded Fat Pencil Studio in 2004 with the idea that the world could use a little more perspective. With his wonky mind for technical details, and degrees in architecture and civil engineering, Joshua brings a wealth of knowledge to every project. His passion for inventive solutions gives him a genuine enthusiasm for helping project teams utilize visual thinking for authentic collaboration and effective presentations.

Joshua enjoys volunteering at local schools, offers frequent seminars on visual communication, and founded the Portland Sketchup Meetup for 3d modeling hobbyists and professionals. Outside the office, Joshua enjoys getting around via bicycle: commuting with kids, training with friends, exploring the side streets and back roads.

ADRIENNE LEVERETTE leads Fat Pencil Studio’s design team with a keen sense of harmony and aesthetics and high standards for clarity and precision. Her raw talent for creating powerful illustrations is refined by fifteen years experience creating communication graphics. With degrees in music and architecture, Adrienne has an astute mind for organizing complex information, finding the essential narrative of a project, and bringing this story to life in a compelling visual presentation.

Adrienne lifts the office spirit with her cheery (if sometimes wry) sense of humor. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, making films, and playing with her band the Waxwings.

YELENA PRUSAKOVA is a thoughtful and creative designer, applying her wide-ranging skills to the intricacies of technical illustration. With a degree in product design, Yelena has fabrication experience that translates abstract concepts into effective and original visual presentations.

Yelena is a board member of the non-profit Better Block PDX, reimagining Portland’s public spaces through on-the-ground urban prototypes. Outside the city limits, she is an active outdoor enthusiast and camping addict.

Fat Pencil Studio is EEO Certified, and an Oregon Tier-2 Emerging Small Business (ESB). We are affiliated with the following professional organizations:

OAME – Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs
OCDLA – Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
OTLA – Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
WTS – Advancing Women in Transportation

  • Fat Pencil Studio did an impressive job on every deliverable, working diligently to meet the project’s tight deadlines, despite frequent and multiple last-minute design changes.

    Katharine BrendleSenior Transportation Project ManagerURS Corporation

    Our experience working with Fat Pencil has been great. Their finished products have consistently exceeded our expectations. When we see their work, we often wonder, how in the world did they do that?

    Thomas BrexProduction ManagerAdvanced Energy Systems

    Joshua’s unique background of engineering and architecture allowed a creative and constructive problem solving process that culminated in an end-product far beyond what we could have dreamed of.

    Carl Ivar HolmenCo-FounderBM Energy Group

    Everyone on the team was mightily impressed with your knowledge, responsiveness, and quick uptake on the details.

    Nanci KlingerAttorneyCity of Portland

    The graphics helped communicate our story where words were just not enough.

    Eric H.I. HoffmanOperations ManagerHoffman Construction

    Fat Pencil Studio created 3d diagrams that helped us understand what each witness could have seen from their perspective. These were valuable to our team during trial preparation, and proved very convincing to the jury.

    Larry PetersonAttorney at Law

    You guys did a fantastic job! Having Jason along for the pre-proposal meeting to see the existing site conditions was imperative to formulating the graphics.

    Blain GroverProject ManagerFortis Construction

    These are great decision making tools, and even better public engagement graphics. With Fat Pencil’s help, we get through hard to grasp ideas quickly.

    Steve DurrantPrincipalAlta Planning & Design

    Fat Pencil Studio’s construction industry expertise was valuable at every stage of our project pursuit. They were with us for the initial site visit and all the way through last minute changes during interview prep.

    Matt PearsonVP OperationsLease Crutcher Lewis

    Working with Fat Pencil was great. Joshua has a real gift for translating concepts to compelling graphics.

    Alan HickenbottomPresidentTanner Creek Energy