Banksy yer Buildz: Inkscape

Since Banksy has been doing his thing for just under 20 years, it's high time architects got in on the act. And so I submit to you, that if Banksy can stencil a building, so can we!

First, do yourself a quicky render, keep the shadows to a minimum using the patented Buildz Middle O' The Night Render. I like to speed the whole process up for this technique by setting the quality of rendering in Revit to Draft, copy the settings to custom, then crank up antialiasing to 6. Fast and textured, but with some volume, kind of like a good cheap haircut.

Now, download and install Inkscape, "An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator". This application is fabulous, and a handy tool to have for anyone messing around in the visual businesses. And it's free. Open your exported render in Inkscape, select the image and go to Path>Trace Bitmap. In this dialogue, you will be presented with a number of options to create vector artwork from your render, but Brightness Cutoff is the fastest path to Banksydom.

Play around with different setting for variations, you can get the idea pretty quick.



  1. Very cool! big question is who is Banksy??? :-)

  2. Ah, the $64,000 question. No one really knows who Banksy is, just that there are a series of excellent stencil graffiti's that have cropped up since the early 90's, mostly in London, with the tag "Banksy". BBC has a pretty comprehensive gallery of images here:

  3. He ran an excellent show in Bristol, UK over the summer period, which I unfortunately didn't get to. Some even think its not just one person, but a group......

  4. Zach,
    Can you post the render set up of the first image ? (Sun, time,exposureand stuffs...)

    Thanks heaps

    Your fan

  5. Hi Anonymous,
    Recipe for a fasted textured render with crisp edges, no hard shadows:
    Quality settings>edit> Setting should be draft>copy to custom> slide image precision (antialiasing) to 6
    Lighting settings: scheme>exterior sun only
    Sun: edit new>select and duplicate Winters Solstice> set time to midnight
    Exposure: Adjust Exposure> Set Exposure Value to 2, Set Highlights to 1 and Shadows to 4


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