David K. Smith

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College of Natural Resources art

Hilgard, Wellman, and Giannini Halls 
holiday card art

1987 • Hilgard, Wellman, and Giannini Halls: This year, the College of Natural Resources (CNR) Deans' Office began the practice of producing holiday cards for mailing to alumni, donors, and campus offices. I did the artwork for nine cards in all, from 1987 through 1995. This drawing was based on a sketch I made down near the West Circle.

Giannini Hall facade holiday card art

1988 • Giannini Hall facade: The second annual CNR Deans' Office holiday card featured the Giannini Hall main entryway. I drew it as if from an elevated viewpoint but it's based on sketches made at ground level. This was the first of four consecutive cards that featured Giannini.

Giannini Hall steps holiday card art

1989 • Giannini Hall steps: This drawing was done for the third CNR Deans' Office holiday card. I liked the mix of horizontal and vertical lines and the curves of the railing.

Bust of A.P. Giannini holiday card art

1990 • Bust of A.P. Giannini: The fourth CNR Dean's Office holiday card. This bust of Giannini, founder of what was to become the Bank of America, disappeared from its niche in Giannini Hall for a year or two but was eventually returned (a fraternity prank I believe). With this drawing, I began to use a stippling technique (building up tones using dots) for the holiday cards.

Giannini Hall reflected in Christmas 
ball

1991 • Giannini Hall reflection: I sat on the front steps of Giannini, set a Christmas ball on an upright cardboard tube, and drew the building's reflection for a CNR holiday party invitation.

Ceiling of Giannini Hall foyer holiday 
card design

1991 • Ceiling of Giannini Hall foyer: This drawing graced the front of the fifth CNR Dean's Office holiday card. I wanted to call attention to this beautiful, but often overlooked, feature of Giannini Hall.

Hilgard Hall holiday card design

1992 • Hilgard Hall: The sixth CNR Deans' Office holiday card. This drawing was based on a black and white photograph I took of Hilgard's main entrance (the remaining holiday card drawings were all based on my photographs). I liked the variety of decoration and the perspective in the picture. This, and the next three drawings, were later used in the 1999 Summer Sessions catalog.

Wellman Hall holiday card art

1993 • Wellman Hall: The seventh CNR Deans' Office holiday card. One of the easier cards to ink, in terms of stippling.

Ginkgo outside Giannini Hall holiday card art

1994 • Ginkgo tree outside Giannini Hall: The eighth CNR Deans' Office holiday card. The original art is nine inches high — imagine the number of dots that make up this drawing! It took me about 60 hours to complete.

Mulford Hall holiday card art

1994 • Mulford Hall: The ninth (and my final) CNR Deans' Office holiday card. I enjoyed doing the shadows on the building and lawn. Koshland Hall probably would have been on the 1996 holiday card had I stuck around. I never could bring myself to do a drawing of Morgan Hall — it was far too ugly!

 

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