28 Mar 2018

Chapel isometric cutaway step-by-step...

   As part of a Graphic News package ahead of the UK royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, I was recently tasked with creating an isometric cutaway diagram of St George's Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle.
   It turned out to be one of the most challenging illustrations of my career and took eight days to complete. There was not a great deal of good reference out there, so I had to mostly make do with satellite imagery, copies of old plans, a couple of interior 360° panoramas and tourist photos. The following 100 screen grabs show how I created it using Adobe Illustrator (images can be enlarged by clicking on them).

Step 1: Gather the most reliable research material
Step 2: Draw as accurate a floorpan as possible — everything else depends on this being right


Stage 3: Fold it into an isometric plane (strictly speaking this is not true isometric but an angle of my own liking)




Stage 4: Start building the exterior — extruding lines vertically and building boxes

































































Stage 5: Build the interior — extruding vertically again

























Stage 6: Phew, finished!

   The illustration is a major element in a Berliner page-sized infographic as well as an interactive web animation designed to work on small mobile devices and large desktop browsers.
Below is a non-interactive animated GIF representation of our finished HTML5 product.




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