Philharmonie de Paris // Jean Nouvel

I believe this is the first building by Jean Nouvel that I am seeing. Probably because I've avoided Paris my whole life, where many of his buildings are... Philharmonie 1 is an organic design with innovative forms rising like a hill within the Parc de la Villette. Yes, it remains a Jean Nouvel design, despite his efforts to remove his name from the building. It is a little bit hard to digest, but we should not just walk away from our design, whether it turns out the way we envision it or not... his thoughts: "The architecture is martyred, the details sabotaged," he said in a Le Monde editorial, "so taxpayers will have to pay, once again, to correct these aberrational decisions."

Regardless, it has some interesting moments that are worth capturing. This is why I spent more time there than I should have. I think the texture that is being used to cover almost all surfaces works well with the overall geometry. I let The Guardian tell more about the design "Some have compared it to a pile of broken paving stones. Others, to a rusty spaceship crash-landed on the edge of the city." and "the building certainly seems to embody the anguish it has caused both architect, client and taxpayer"

It has been extensively covered on Archdaily, New York Times, Design Boom and many more...

Lamy Imporium in Black and Gold

Although I am not a big fan of high-end luxury products and never owned anything that contains gold, I need to say that the Lamy Imporium in Black and Gold is a special product... I've used the Lamy Safari for many years, the white one is my favorite one so far, and I never felt the need to upgrade, until I was offered the opportunity to try one.

It's definitely a very well crafted writing instrument. Probably one of the better ones I've even handled. Well crafted finish in metal, black, with gold (yes, 14k gold!) accents - the nib, cap clip and the ring at the end of the barrel. The cap is threaded, a new to me, and the LAMY logo is in engrave just once, on the golden clip. This is the titanium version, designed by Marco Bellini. It also comes in all black or titanium finish.

It offers an extremely smooth writing. A little heavier than the usual pen, so this might be a negative to some. To me, the weight gives it a solid feel. Again, this is an extremely high-quality instrument, all metal, super cool and sleek. I almost feel bad for using it to draw, but I am gentle. Thanks, Lamy!


FULTON – A5 A1 / Agence Bernard Bühler

FULTON – A5 A1 / Agence Bernard Bühler - did not really plan for this photoshoot, but I was in the area. So I stopped by. Quite a colorful contrast, probably a little bit out of place regarding the historic context of the area, but I appreciate the boldness of the architects to express themselves in such fashion.

From Archdaily

"The operation is consists of a base superimposed by two towers of 11 floors separated by an urban breach. This plinth consolidating the project an a way alive along the Quai d'Austerlitz thanks to the presence of a projecting large commercial showcase. This screen offers a good visibility to the activities that it welcomes. This block to be extricating itself from the concrete base. It thus creates two accesses to the shops in continuity of a wide pedestrian area."

Paris Travel Notes

Paris in inspirational... a good listener. I am spending a good amount of time here doing plenty of sketches. A total of 50. I am not keeping them all. 12 are commissioned by a private collector. Another 10 are giveaways to my Instagram followers. The folks that seem to REALLY love them, get them. Out of the remaining ones, I am keeping some, I am selling as requested. Feel free to email me and tell me which one you're interested in.

Here are sketches 1-5 -

THE San Francisco Chronicle Building

I've made two sketches looking at the San Francisco Chronicle building - Mission and 5th Street.

Music - AquaStoneThrone
Paper - Stratmore Bristol
Pen - Staedtler Lumcolor, black.
Pencil - Rotring Tikky 0.5mm, B2 lead
Camera - Fujifilm X-Pro2
Edit - Final Cut Pro X

Larry Sultan at SFMOMA

I was invited for a preview at SFMOMA for Larry Sultan, a highly influential California photographer I knew little about. I ended up walking the galleries four times - this is opening April 15. I made a little preview movie about this. (sorry about the sound quality, no external microphone attached at that time...)

Featured on Dezeen!

Featured on Dezeen, article by Dan Howarth. A few quotes: "Dan Hogman's architectural sketches "capture the essence" of their subjects" and "San Francisco-based Hogman's drawings give Architectural Graphics author Francis Ching a run for his money." Frankly, this might be a little overstated, so it's a sign that I need to get a little more disciplined with my work...

dan hogman on dezeen

The Sakura Micron Packages Are Here!

I was a commissioned to do a fee cover sketches for Sakura and Micron fineliners, featuring all the different pens and line weights that come with this set. They are here!vShould be available in art stores worldwide shortly. This goes to Europe, so we picked a relevant theme/subject.

Cover Sketches for Sakura Europe

The Pigma Micron fineliner from Sakura are some of my favorites. I’ve always liked the accuracy in line weights. Slightly too dry for my type of works, but steady line quality.

It was pleasant surprise to be called by Sakura Erope and commissioned two sketches for their 6 fineliner pack and 6+1 pack. These are covers (graphic design for Sakura). The products were released at Paperworld trade show this past weekend, late January 2017, in Frankfurt. —

Cover for the 6+1 Pack

Cover for the 6+1 Pack

Cover for the 6 pack fineliners

Cover for the 6 pack fineliners



A Few Recent Live Sketches

Some recent live sketches from San Francisco. Freehand, sketch time 10-25 minutes. I go directly in black ink in most cases, no pencil, hence the innacuracies.

In front of the AIA San Francisco office.

In front of the AIA San Francisco office.

Featured in SF Gate and SFIST

Thanks Dianne de Guzman with the San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate "Dan Hogman's drawings of San Francisco architecture can bring out details in buildings that even longtime residents may not have noticed." See full article here

Second article just appeared on SFist. "It may not be Follow Friday just yet, but Dan Hogman's Instagram account and Facebook page are worth a Like any day of the week for lovers of Bay Area architecture, cool drawings, and generally hip aesthetics." says Caleb Pershan.


A day at the museum - New Museum, SANAA, NYC

A day at the museum – a must do, both for the exhibit and for the building itself – SANAA did great again. A deceivingly simple interiors. Some great moments inside, the narrow stair in particular. It's an exit stair, really, so purely utilitarian, and the space constraints created a narrow, elongated, expressive volume. I am no covering the exterior, which has been photographed over and over again by many...

New Museum, NYC


Campbell Sports Center / Steven Holl Architects


While in New York, I did a little detour to see one of Steven Holl's recent projects - Campbell Sports Center.

From Archdaily: "The Campbell Sports Center aims at serving the mind, the body and the mind/body for aspiring scholar-athletes. The design concept “points on the ground, lines in space”—like field play diagrams used for football, soccer, and baseball—develops from point foundations on the sloping site. Just as points and lines in diagrams yield the physical push and pull on the field, the building’s elevations push and pull in space."

Plenty of articles about this project, on Steven Holl's website, Dezeen, Design Boom and many more.

Sugar Hill Development - David Adjaye

This is probably the first of David Adjaye's projects that I am seeing in person. I am more impressed with the overall massing and questioning the cladding and texture a little bit. After spending a few days in NYC, it became obvious to me that this scheme really belongs there. From Archdaily:

"Unusually, the scheme incorporates a public program, with a children’s museum and early childhood center, which resonate with Adjaye Associates’ commitment to a wider urban and cultural responsibility. The 13-storey, 124- apartment affordable housing complex will be located on W. 155th Street at St. Nicholas Avenue. The practice worked closely with the client and local community to ensure the design is tied to its history, practical and aesthetic requirements, through a series of workshops and planning meetings. The brief required a modern design complementary to its surrounding environment of Gothic revival row-houses."

As expected, numerous articles about this, everywhere: Architectural Review, Curbed, BD Online, Citylab.