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The blog serves as a collection space for a variety of musings and observations of the world around us...through the use of sketches, drawings, photos, images and videos...intended to be shared and to stimulate thoughts, ideas and inspirations...douglas wittnebel

Monday, July 21, 2014

drawing double, the digital and analog world of drawing...

a capture of an razorpoint pen ink drawing on tracing paper image used as the layer within the sketchbook ink app on the iPad to illustrate the tech stylus drawing of layers...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sentinel crane, Port of Oakland

 More time spent down in the port of Oakland area and West Oakland, more time spent capturing the essence and image of the container cranes by the water edge...mix version of apps, adobe ideas and sketchbook ink and procreate apps on ipad

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Japanese wooden bath stool, sketches and prototype...

conceptual design sketches and constructed prototype of the wooden bath stool, typically used for Japanese bath ofuro...

Monday, June 16, 2014

Bonus Day afternoon under the green grape vine vaulted trellis ceiling at the Concannon winery in Livermore

A perfect setting for an afternoon party celebrating the bonus day at Gensler.  The San Ramon office ventured over to the Concannon winery in Livermore for some wine, food, bocce ball and relaxation.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Bank of Oakland Building on Broadway

This building sketch/painting of the former Bank of California building.  this was featured in the article from Urbanist magazine, published by SPUR.
At the corner of 12th Street and Broadway stands the original headquarters for the Bank of Oakland, a unique combination of lower masonry block muscle and a taller decorative tower. The main building went up in 1907, and the tower portion was added later, pushing up to the height of 225 feet (18 stories). Now the bank occupies the building with other tenants and histories. A series of Corinthian columns and pilasters support and frame the top levels of setback windows. The top-level spaces must have terrific views of the adjacent Tribune building. Perhaps the two towers wink at each other in the early morning hours.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

DOM, Diocese of Monterey, St. Vincent dePaul Church in Davenport, California

The church building is standing at the end of the Davenport Avenue in the town of Davenport.  Built from concrete and cement supplied from the Cemex plant just north of the town, the church has stood since 1914 and was also apparently a subject of a photograph by Ansel Adams...have not found the image in my interent search...

Thursday, May 22, 2014

post it note sketches unbuilt and a quote from John Singer Sargeant

you can draw and sketch on many surfaces, and sometimes the closest thing within reach will do when you are ready to sketch an idea before it flits away...another sampling of small sketches done on post it notes with red pen... unbuilt...

"You can't do sketches enough.  Sketch everything and keep your curiousity fresh." 
John Singer Sargeant

Friday, May 16, 2014

design sketches for unbuilt project

a set of design sketches, red ink on yellow post-it notes, for an unbuilt project in California...

Monday, May 12, 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014

Rotunda building, napkin sketch

The beautiful Rotunda building in downtown Oakland, a historic landmark and great example of a restoration and transformation project.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Super Meeting at Gensler in Denver, Constellation of Stars

Great meeting with the Gensler crew at the Inverness Lodge outside of Denver, CO... Top drawing shows a view of Diane Hoskins demonstrating some of the skills/aspects of Disruptive Innovation.

The drawing below captures the flavor, the energy and the dialogue of the leaders of the Constellation of Stars and the diversity of the firm.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

San Diego airport, Gate 8 in the morning light

Clear skies and light air traffic on the route from OAK to DEN, with a stop/layover in beautiful San Diego,  palm trees at the edges of the landscape and hills, warm sun and happy faces...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day 2014


"...They took all the trees
Put 'em in a tree museum
And they charged all the people
A dollar and a half just to see 'em

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot..."
Joni Mitchell
Big Yellow Taxi

Monday, April 21, 2014

KUBB, the game from the weekend of camping on Mount Tamalpais

KUBB is an outdoor or lawn game where the primary object is to knock over wooden blocks by throwing or tossing wooden batons.  Today's version originated in Sweden, and the rules vary from country to country and from region to region, but the ultimate object of the game is to knock over the five kubbs on the opposing side line, and then knock the "king" over, before the opponent does, the nickname of the game is "Viking Chess." Games can last from five minutes to well over an hour or two. The game can be played on a variety of surfaces such as grass, asphalt, concrete, sand, snow, or ice.  Here are my sketches of the game in progress at the campground.

Monday, April 14, 2014

A view into the future of Oakland, a speculation...Work Live, Love and Thrive in the City

The presentation video for the Work in the City project has now been submitted.  One of the images featured in the video is an illustration of the city of Oakland in a future speculative view...shown here is the lower left corner of the illustration.
"Speculation, like nature, abhors a vacuum"  Spinoza

Grand Canyon Sketches 2009

Grand Canyon Sketches 2009
a selection of sketches from the Grand Canyon