Illustrator Patrick Lopez spent years collaborating with some of the best architects in the 20th century — Helmut Jahn, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Johnson and Burgee, among them. Lopez’s contribution to the projects was architectural renderings of the buildings. Local architect Barry Moore acted as curator for an exhibit of those illustrations, From Rendering to Reality: Architectural Drawings from the Studio of Patrick Lopez, 1964 to 1995. The works, which line the walls of the Architecture Center Houston gallery, include one of the sleek Sears Tower dominating the skyline, each tiny window carefully detailed. The upper floors reflect the sky and clouds, the lower floors the nearby buildings. Lopez’s drawing, like the building, is impossibly polished and smooth.
Other drawings, while still accurately capturing the buildings, have a different feel. One shows a nighttime scene downtown, the darkness creeping in around a skyscraper and the shadow of the moon half-hidden in the blue-black sky. Another is a rough sketch of the Houston skyline on a Newsweek magazine cover. While it’s just a study, it’s still impressive.
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By the way, this won’t be the last time you can view Lopez’s illustrations; he’s donated his personal collection of works to the Architectural Archives of the Houston Public Library. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m .Fridays. Through January 13. Architecture Center Houston, 315 Capitol. For information, call 713-520-0155 or visit www.aiahouston.org. Free.
Mondays-Fridays. Starts: Nov. 10. Continues through Jan. 13, 2011