Graphic Repetition to Create Depth

Not too long ago I was engaged to create a concept design for a very large ocean side resort. To complete the artwork, I soon realized the large pool and amenity area, which was not part of the project, would be visible in the foreground. “Come up with something” was the client’s response, so with little to go on, I quickly created this concept.

Graphically, one of the techniques I used to help show the changes in elevation, the turns in the landscape, and the distance from camera, was to use a repeated object. In this case, the repeated object is the lounge chair. As the viewer’s eye moves around the artwork, the different sizes and positions of the chair help delineate the landscape.


2 Comments so far

  1. Bonnie Higgins February 1st, 2011 4:39 pm

    I admire your architectural illustrations. I’m looking for a tutor to help me learn architectural illustration in Photoshop. Do you offer online tutoring? Thank you, Bonnie Higgins

  2. Ed February 27th, 2011 12:15 pm

    Hi Bonnie, thank you very much! I plan to offer more in-depth tutoring in the future, but right now ColorSketches is where you can find my tutorials and tips. I do offer some additional quick tips and inspiration on ColorSketches Twitter, please visit Please let me know if there is anything in particular you would like to read about.