Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Department of Lands: Hydrological cycles and Watersheds


If you're just joining us and haven't seen any of the previous posts, allow me to briefly summarize: I was hired by the Idaho Department of Lands to create a set of illustrations.  These illustrations will accompany a manual outlining laws, regulations, and guidelines concerning watershed protection, erosion prevention, road building, and general land management.

It was a huge project.  One of the biggest I've worked on as an illustrator.  It was also enormously fun.  I love technical illustration like this.  There's a kind of detail and style and cleanliness that isn't typically called for in many other illustration jobs, so I'm always happy to have the opportunity to work on projects like this.

The first illustration of the last set is about the forest hydrological cycle.  You've probably seen more general hydrological cycle illustrations in textbooks.  They typically show a large section of land and sky and how water moves throughout those sections.  This one is a more specific micro-water cycle and how that cycle works on a much smaller scale.  Here's the sketch:

And here's how the final turned out:

The second and final illustration for IDL project was a watershed illustration.  This was probably the most complicated of the lot.  There were a lot of elements to include.  A lot of information.  A lot of detail.  So of course, this one was my favorite.  I'm sure there are people for whom this kind of work would be an insufferable bore.  I am not among them.  This was so much fun for me.  It scratched every one of my Type-A itches.  And I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Here's the sketch:

And here's the final:

And so concludes the IDL project.  Such sweet sorrow.  If you know anyone who needs some technical illustration, let me know.  I'm going to be hungry for something technical very soon.


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