Bob Marshall

About me

I am a freelance artist based near Edinburgh in Scotland. I produce detailed architectural illustrations and historical reconstructions using digital techniques; computer-based 3D modelling and animation.

I produce artwork for inclusion in property guidebooks, interpretive signage, audio-visual, video and interactive multimedia programmes found in exhibitions, museums and visitor attractions. Historic Environment Scotland, English Heritage and The Royal Collection Trust are among clients who I have recently produced work for.

About my work

The focus of my work is the production of high-detail visualisations and animations using computer 3D modelling techniques. The visual interpretation of historic buildings and monuments are subjects that interest and fascinate me the most, although I do take on other types of technical visualisation work. Medieval and Victorian architecture are my favourite subjects. I also enjoy working on projects to do with the interpretation of our industrial and seafaring heritage, particularly factories, mills, canals, railways, shipbuilding and agriculture.

My methods and treatments

I am a digital artist but a lot of my time is spent treating the artwork to give it the look of more of a traditional illustration. I use computer modelling for the purpose of visualising complex subjects rapidly. The technique also allows me to produce a range of different views of the same model and it is essential for producing animations. A further benefit is being able to make major changes if new information becomes available at a late stage in the development of the artwork.

Experience

Art, design and computing have been major interests of mine since my school years. My background and qualifications are in media and communication. Video, film and interactive multimedia production was my line of work throughout the 1990's where I worked as a graphics artist. I am not an architect, historian or archaeologist, although I am obviously very passionate about all three of these subjects. Much of the information which I use to base my historical reconstructions comes from a variety of different sources such as achaeological findings, researched historical documents, and from the study of other sites where there are thought to be similarities in design and construction.

3D models are a key part of my visualisation process.

My interests

When I’m not creating artwork I’m usually researching, reading or off out exploring historic sites for inspiration and reference for my projects. I am very passionate about architectural history – particularly castles and churches from the medieval period. I am a member of the National Trust for Scotland, Historic Scotland and the Scottish Castles Association where I have made many new friends with a shared interest in these great buildings.

I live and work in East Lothian just a short distance from the Scottish capital city of Edinburgh, but I regularly travel to all corners of the UK during the course of my work.

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