Drawing Part 1: My hand

I am currently working to refine my drawing skills. This has always been a challenging skill for me. My brain has always attempted to thwart my attempts at “realistic” drawing. However, after only a few pages of “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards I have figured out how to tap into my inner artist. Drawing has become a fascinating hobby for me. The book has helped me rid myself of all previous perceptions of what makes a “good” drawing and trust my own talent. Below are simply the first in, hopefully, an extensive exploration of drawing techniques, media, and content.

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I Went Over The Edge!

On August 14, 2010 I rappelled off the top of the Rainier Tower in downtown Seattle. This was part of the “Over The Edge” fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics Washington. I raised over $1000 for this amazing organization in support of the joy and sense of accomplishment they bring children with disabilities.

I am not going to lie and say that I wasn’t at least a little bit nervous once I was 514 feet above Seattle! However, the view served to take my mind off of what I was about to do. You could see for miles in every direction. Mount Rainier to the south, the San Juan Islands to the North West, and the Bellevue Skyline to the East. It was simply gorgeous!

After helping the crew change out the rappel lines it was my turn to take the “plunge.” I strapped in, leaned back, and started to walk down the work of Minoru Yamasaki. The trip down was exhilarating. After about 15 minutes of bouncing off the building, looking in the windows, and enjoying the buildings around me, I safely touched the ground. It is an experience that I will never forget. Plus, now I am able to say that I have rappelled off the top of a skyscraper! Who’s joining me next year???

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Over The Edge Fundraising Handout

This pocket-sized handout was designed to help promote my participation in a fundraiser for Special Olympics. Total design time was roughly two hours, and everything was created in Adobe Photoshop. For a quick graphic design project I think it turned out fantastic!

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Infographic Résumé

I am constantly looking for new ways to catch the eye of busy architects. I know that the profession is very demanding and the current condition of the economy means Principals are inundated with requests for jobs. In order to create a quick snapshot of both my abilities and my background I have created an infographic Résumé. The purpose being to convey my credentials using the least amount of words possible. Architects are visual people so I created a visual Résumé. Let me know what you think about this idea in the comments! Here it is:

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Welcome to DustinThorlaksonDesign.com

A plethora of information will be making it’s way onto this website in order to give you an overall impression of the design work of Dustin Thorlakson. Thank you for checking out the website and on behalf of the DustinThorlaksonDesign team: WELCOME!

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