Wonder why I disappeared? I really didn't. I'm here. I pop in to visit once in awhile. But, alas, the real world has taken over. If you want to be taken seriously you have to put in the time. And I do want to be taken seriously as a designer- as long as I don't have to be too serious all of the time.
Below is a little bit of what I do. This is a bathroom I drafted up. First I did an elevation that I can order from. It tells the mechanical story- what sizes, which style of cabinet and how I want them installed. This drawing is first a selling tool and then becomes a communication drawing.
Now, lately, I don't do a lot of drawing. I am learning how to bid on a large scale. And I bid a lot. I'm bidding anywhere from one to three projects a week. I receive a set of plans via e-mail. I forward them on to my estimator. I print a set for myself and then mark them all up with what floorings I want where and what prices to budget them at. That part is interesting- especially as I knew nothing about budgets and how to set them. Now I am working on setting up an entry level, a mid level and a higher end budget.
If the company gets the job then they will send in the client and I will spend hours with them while they select their finishes. Sometimes there is another designer present. Sometimes not. Its never the same and its always challenging.
So what do you think? Drafting isn't really art. Its a technical skill. But I love it just the same.
Take care- I'll be back!