Peaking into a Cutaway Illustration

This summer seemed to be the summer of cutaway illustrations!  Yes, it might sound a little drab, but to someone who loves technical details, this latest project had it all.  The four cutaway illustrations featured product inside of a residential house, a hospital, an office building and a school.

Residential Cutaway

Residential Cutaway

This house showcased 26 items in various rooms including the kitchen, living room, office and garage.

School Cutaway

School Cutaway

The school showcases products on the roof, in various classrooms, the library and the cafeteria, as well as underground components for a total of 15 products that were to be featured.

Office Building Cutaway

Office Building Cutaway

This office building with adjoining warehouse and data centre focused on 23 products in various offices, a coffee shop and with roof-top units and boardroom components.

Hospital Cutaway

Hospital Cutaway

From operating rooms to a parking garage, this hospital cutaway features it all.   With a total of 24 components shown in patient rooms, offices, at nurse’s stations and even a selection of roof-top components.

The challenge of creating a cutaway illustration of this sort, where the client requires featured product, lies in what rooms to show in order to cutaway and view that product.  An efficient process takes the challenge and breaks it down in order to execute the cutaway properly.  Here’s what I did:

1. Starting with a list of all the components the client wanted to feature, I broke them into various rooms that they could appear in.

2. With the list of the rooms required to be shown in the cutaway, I created a 2D floor plan where those rooms were on the two main facing sides of the layout.

3. The 2D layout was then created in a 3D sketch which allowed for the cutaway to be introduced that would reveal the most important rooms featuring all of the products.

4. From the sketch phase we moved into a digital line drawing which detailed all of the components, as well as any items that needed to be added so a viewer understands the room type (ie. in the school we added desks to classrooms).

5. With full approval of the line drawings, the colour artwork was created and labels were added to call out the featured components.

Nothing is more satisfying than taking on a complex illustration!  As a Technical Illustrator, it’s the part of the job that I love most.

Thanks to Kristina and Marc for making what could have been a great deal of back and forth, a rather enjoyable process!

Home Ec Class Pays Off

Wow, am I glad that I learned to sew in high school Home Ec class!  Although I don’t own a sewing machine, nor have I used one since, it’s funny how we don’t forget the fundamentals.  I remember sewing a stuffed animal in Grade 10 Home Ec class.

And years later, it has paid off!

Understanding what you are illustrating can be a time-consuming process as a Technical Illustrator.  This exploded view project for a Sewing Machine Manual included actual reference of the sewing machine, which meant that I could take the entire machine apart to fully understand how it all goes together.

Sewing Machine Exploded View

Sewing Machine Exploded View


Luckily, because of the Home Ec experience, I knew how certain things work on a sewing machine, therefore I was able to take apart certain items, but not the entire machine.

Zoom-in Detail

Zoom-in Detail


For the how-to illustrations in the manual, I did not require additional reference as I was aware of how the parts worked such as threading the machine and needle (images below), which saved time in the execution of the illustrations.

How to Thread a Needle of a Sewing Machine

How to Thread a Needle of a Sewing Machine


The exploded view illustrations for this manual were completed in Isometric view, which is the most common drawing view for this type of illustration.

I really enjoyed the technical challenge of this project. I would love to take the full exploded view and turn it into an animated version with all the pieces put together and then slowly exploding apart! Thanks to Devin for his graphic support throughout and to Kimberly for making this an easy working process!

Vehicle-Grid Integration Infographic

Working with Recargo, a software and services company that provides guidance to drivers and those in the industry of plug-in car technology, I designed an infographic that depicts the savings possibilities of vehicle-grid integration (VGI).


Big Savings from Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI)

Imagine a world where you drive your electric vehicle home each day and plug it in.  The power to charge your vehicle comes from the solar panels that are sitting on the roof of your house.  Seems simple enough.  You now have an overflow of power that your household will not fully use from your solar panels, so that extra electricity can be put back into the main electrical grid at peak demand times.

Everyone would benefit with this system including consumers, grid operators, electric vehicle owners and utility companies.  Talk about a sneak peak into the future!

Bring on Spring!

Two questions I’ve been wondering lately are:

  1. When is Spring going to finally start?
  2. What information are drones really tracking and could they deliver packages in the future?

With these two thoughts, I’ve created a new illustration on how to use drones to bring on Spring!


If only it were that simple! To have our own personal drones to help complete certain jobs would be wonderful. Sounds like an episode from the Jetsons, but is it a possibility in the future?

Only time will tell.

Here’s to a speedy melting of the snow on our lawns and a warm Spring to help your garden grown! updated!

With the New Year comes a new update to! The website has been updated to include the most recent Technical Illustrations from 2013.

Looking back at 2013, it was a great year working with new clients such as Clinique, Mother Jones Magazine, DMX Plastics, Depict Magazine and Medicapture, to name a few.  I also want to take this opportunity to thank all returning clients that support my business year after year.  It’s always a pleasure working with you all!

If you’re interested in working with Leanne Kroll in 2014, you can learn more about my experience, process and portfolio at

Underground Pipe Cleaning Illustration

I recently had the pleasure to work on this challenging illustration featuring complex processes in underground pipeline cleaning.  To create an illustration such as this with only a final static visual is a challenge to even the best Technical Illustrators.

PPSI Illustration

PPSI Illustration

Showing the complex details while keeping the overall illustration showing a simple flow is what makes this illustration stand out above it’s competitors in the marketplace.  In this particular process, there is a a downstream and upstream truck above ground that pushes water into the pipeline below and with the help of a high pressure nozzle, water pushes debris towards the pump that pumps the mixture back into a holding tank on the street.  This holding tank then separates the debris from the water, systematically pumping the water only back into the pipeline below.

The illustration had to show specifically the process below ground as well as the protocol-adhering setup above ground so that traffic flow is considered while the process is taking place.

The cutaway view illustration allows the viewer to see both the above and below ground processes all at once for an overall greater understanding of how city pipelines are cleared of debris.

Thanks to Diane for her assistance in seeing this illustration come together for PPSI.

Airship Infographics for Depict Magazine

Recently, I was honored to be involved in the first edition of a brand new publication called Depict Magazine. The magazine features articles on life, culture, business and politics and is Canada’s first magazine featuring infographics and visual storytelling. Learn more about this new magazine on their website at!about/cy2g

The featured article that I had the pleasure to visualize is “This Ain’t Your Grandfather’s Airship”. It challenges how airships could change the aviation scenery for the better in Canada.

Depict Magazine Airships Feature

Depict Magazine – Airships Feature

The story begins with an introduction into the featured specs behind the airship, where the cargo goes, what the frame of the airship is, etc.  This is depicted through a cutaway view of the “skeleton” of the airship. You also learn how they are more environmentally friendly than other standard aircraft and get a chance to reflect on the history of the Hindenburg airship.

Depict Magazine Airships Specs

Depict Magazine –  Airship Specs

Looking to the north, the story continues to show the advantages of using an airship, whether for distribution of goods to the north in a cost efficient manner, or for government and military purposes.

Depict Magazine Airship Advantages

Depict Magazine – Airship Advantages

To read more about the advantages of airships in today’s day and age, get your copy of Depict Magazine at your local Chapters or Indigo today.

An extra big THANK YOU goes out to John & Tad for showcasing me as a featured contributor in the magazine. It is always such an honor as an Illustrator to be asked to be featured in a magazine. I’m looking forward to our next project together!