The process shown here was inspired by the proposed closure of our local public leisure center, which (according to our city council) is not very well used. The area is pretty rough and there is not much to do for kids, some of whom turn to bad ways through sheer boredom. The challenge then is to keep the center open, but change its image to appeal to younger people. My idea is to take one of the halls (which was formed by covering up a swimming pool) and scoop out the former pool to form a skate park.
I want to produce a picture, but not to take a long time over it; It is just an idea and people might hate it, not because my picture sucks but because they think the idea does. In any case, I don't want my picture to look too finished because then people might think I've put a lot of thought in to the idea (and want to see a business plan) or (worse) that my proposal has already happened.
What I need is a quick and dirty way to show how the space (and just as importantly life in it) might change if my idea was to happen.
Step 1: What you need
1. A photo of the existing space or place (your street, a public square, whatever...)
2. A photo that shows the kind of activities and objects that you imagine going in to the space, including people.
3. A computer with an image editing software such as photoshop or pixelmator... something that can make layers. I will assume a very basic familiarity with this software.
4. A scanner
5. A printer if your photos are digital
6. Some black pens- felt tips with a variety of nib widths would be good. I used a fat marker pen, a pen for writing CD labels and a thin gel pen. More expensive alternatives are available.
7. Some tracing paper or 'greaseproof' paper (the stuff on a roll that you use for cooking). At least enough to cover both your printed photos.