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About A Crescent Moon

A Crescent Moon specializes in Land Design, Image Conceptualization and Two and Three Dimensional Art Forms. The studio provides services in IllustrationGraphic DesignLand Architecture with ancillary services such as  & Art

A Crescent Moon has been designing and creating landscape, illustrations, sculpture and graphic designs for 25 years. In tandem with land design, A Crescent Moon provides construction administration services to include but not limited to stonework, masonry and carpentry completed by outside, subcontracted professionals for projects of all sizes. A Crescent Moon has been able to successfully achieve the highest quality in all projects.

Land Architecture by far is the largest component of A Crescent Moon having received awards in the planning and design of large urban, institutional, recreational and residential spaces. See our gallery of projects…….

A Crescent Moon LLC (ACM) is a small design oriented, artist workshop with skills in hand-generated images and sculptural artifacts. ACM specializes in illustration, design graphics, ornaments and adornments, sculptures, architectural illustration (both computer aided and hand-drawn) and landscape architecture. ACM is both an Architectural/Engineering (A/E) service provider and art producer for your living space. We can help you engender your dreamscape, a unique space that reflects both your sensibilities and tastes for your indoor and outdoor spaces. Our portfolio displays several examples of our custom two and three-dimensional works previously completed and available for purchase as prints or custom-made for your home. Our portfolio also displays landscapes designed by Craig for several residential and commercial spaces in both urban and rural settings.

Please visit our portfolio or call 518.706.9919 for free consultations and/or proposals for Illustration, Art, Sculpture and/or Land Architecture. Our mailing address is PO Box 226, Broadalbin, New York 12025, our fax number is 518.883.4248.


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Land Architecture

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   ACM specializes in Landscape Architecture (a legal term) that is both the art and science of creating places for people. We use planning, design, management and analysis which to conceptualize and guide the development of land.

Landscape Architecture is a diverse profession that incorporates a wide variety of practice types ranging from small-scale gardens to large scale Regional Master Plans. With that, we focus our practice on areas such as:
• Residential Design

• Garden Design

• Site Design

• Public Park Design

 • Streetscape Design

• Environmental Design

• Land Reclamation

• Urban Redevelopment

• Master Planning

• Corporate and Institutional Campuses

• Regional or Neighborhood Planning

ACM’s most important strength is the ability to understand and synthesize the key variables involved in creating places: Land, people, aesthetics, structure and natural systems. We are trained to blend the qualities of nature with the needs of people.

Urban and Rural Garden Design

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   This is the art and process of designing and creating plans for layout and planting of residential, commercial, and institutional gardens and landscapes. Elements of garden design include the layout of hard landscape, such as paths, walls, water features, sitting areas and decking; as well as the plants, with consideration for their horticultural requirements, their season-to-season appearance, lifespan, growth habit, size, speed of growth, and combinations with other plants and landscape features. Consideration is also given to the maintenance needs of the garden, including the time or funds available for regular maintenance, which can affect the choice of plants in terms of speed of growth, spreading or self-seeding of the plants, whether annual or perennial, and bloom-time, and many other characteristics.

Important considerations in garden design include how the garden will be used, the desired stylistic genre (formal or informal, modern or traditional etc.), and the way the garden space will connect to the home or other structures in the surrounding areas. All of these considerations are subject to the limitations of the prescribed budget.

Small Structure Design

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   These structures generally do not require an architect stamp to construct, hence the term small structure. A Crescent Moon utilizes designs features that are not only indigenous but eclectic. Which is theincorporation of cultural elements from around the world into what you may want in your project. A Crescent Moon is successful at designing these elements because of the continual reference to associated licensed professionals that work with A Crescent Moon on a continual basis.

Planting Consultation

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   A Crescent Moon provides planting consultation for commercial and residential landscapes for hot, dry, wet, sunny, shady, moist, high traffic, and salty locations. A Crescent Moon uses a variety of plants both exotic and indigenous that can adapt to a variety situations with both low and high usage. A Crescent Moon will personally work with you to install the plants that suit your environment and situation by selecting plants that will give you pleasure and survive.

Construction Drawing

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   ACM completes Construction Drawings and Specifications for most Land Architecture projects. The main purpose of Construction Drawings (also called plans, blueprints, or working drawings) is to show what is to be built, while the specifications focus on the materials, installation techniques, and quality standards. Sometimes drawings contain written notes that cover many of the issues commonly contained in the Specifications. In some cases, you’ll find the same information in both places. If there is a conflict between the Specifications and the Drawings, the Specifications generally override the plans legally.

Computer Aided Design

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   ACM utilizes Computer-aided design (CAD) to assist in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of landscape designs. CAD software is used to increase productivity, improve the quality of a design, improve communications through documentation, and to create an applicable database. CAD output is often in the form of electronic files for printing. CAD may be used to design curves and figures in two-dimensional (2D) space; or curves, surfaces, and solids in three-dimensional (3D) space. ACM uses Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 for construction drawings and 3D modeling.

Forensic Investigation

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   Forensic Investigation - is the scientific method of gathering and examining information about the past. This is especially important in planning and design to include practices such as architecture, landscape architecture, structural and civil engineering, masonry, carpentry and many other trades involved in the built environment. Forensics are done in relation to local and national building codes or civil law, but are also carried out in many other fields. Investigations are conducted using various media platforms and the Freedom of Information Act to uncover information that may not be readily available to the public.

ACM has conducted forensics in a variety of environments from Upstate New York to Long Island, New York. Investigations included the determination of native plants that existed before Hurricane Sandy to adherence to FEMA and local regulations more than two decades prior to Hurricane Irene. ACM has the expertise in finding the right answers to why construction was completed in its current state. ACM will work until a reasonable answer is found to settle outstanding issues related to civil law.

ACM goes the extra mile in finding the answers you need regardless of the source or distance to find the information.


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   One of ACM’s strengths lies in sketching or freehand drawing. It is the ability to convey ideas and concepts to individuals through the development of preliminary hand rendered drawings for images, artifacts and landscapes. ACM uses various mediums to produce freehand drawings that include but is not limited to pencil, ink, markers and charcoal. It is an important preliminary step in making sure the client and ACM can visualize the final product. A freehand drawing is simply a drawing done by hand without the use of tools or aids such as templates, stencils or rulers but can or not include color. It is a quick, rough drawing that shows the main features of an object or scene.

Architecture & Landscape Renderings

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   ACM uses a combination of hand and computer generated line work to produce 3D renderings for all its projects. ACM utilizes 3D modeling software such as Google Sketch-up to provide a base for many of its hand drawn illustrations. ACM can also work with other associated professionals to produce full computer generated architectural and landscape illustrations for your project. Common mediums for hand drawn architectural renderings include; Watercolor, Markers, Color Pencil, Pencil, Pen and Ink and Acrylics.


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   Since the dawn of time color has fascinated and intrigued mankind. Color pigments extracted from the earth’s resources were used in the creation of art, tools, fabrics and shelter of which they engendered magnificent artifacts for visual pleasure. Color balance was intuitive, a reflection of the inseparable tie to earth, fire, water and sky. Art is produced at ACM primarily for beauty rather than utility. ACM can produce and array of images for interior and exterior adornment. Mediums include but is not limited to Acrylic Paint, Water Color, Ink, Graphite Pencil, Oil Paint, Colored Pencil, Spray Paints, Mixed Media, Gouache, Pastels, and Scratchboard.


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   ACM produces Illustrations that are visualizations or depictions such as drawings, sketches, paintings or other kind of images of things seen, remembered or imagined, using graphical representations. Illustrations can be artistic images illustrating for example a text, poem, fashion, magazines, stamps or a book and for children's books. The aim of an illustration is to elucidate or decorate a story, poem or piece of textual information by providing a visual representation of something described in the text. Illustrations can also represent scientific images of flora, medicine or different processes, biological or chemical processes or technical illustrations to give information on how to use something. Illustrations can be executed in different techniques, like watercolor, gouache, ink, oil, pencil or scratchboard. Paintings are usually original works made on canvas or wood, while illustrations are printed. Illustrations can be carried out as a large-scale industrial process, and is an essential part of publishing and transaction printing.

Graphic Design

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   ACM specializes in the art of selecting and arranging visual elements such as typography, images, symbols, and colors—to convey a message to an audience. It is the art of communication, stylizing, and problem-solving through the use of type, space and image. Graphic design uses various methods to create and combine words, symbols, and images to create a visual representation of ideas and messages. ACM may use a combination of typography, visual arts and page layout techniques to produce a final result.

Common uses of graphic design include identity (logos and branding), publications (magazines, newspapers and books), print advertisements, posters, billboards, website graphics and elements, signs and product packaging. For example, a product package might include a logo or other artwork, organized text and pure design elements such as images, shapes and color of which unify the piece. Composition is one of the most important features of graphic design, especially when using pre-existing materials or diverse elements.


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   ACM specializes in the creation of figurines, and sculptures. Many of these items are ornamental in nature and are comprised of human and animal-like emulations representing spiritual, holiday and erotic themes. The primary materials are wood, cloth, polymer clay, and phyllosilicate clays. ACM has been building miniatures and models since 1984. The improvement of model making materials and the versatility and popularity of polymer clays has promoted a popular interest in small figures and models. Though not initially done for profit we have steadily developed a client base for the creation of ornaments and sculptures. We can build unique sculptures to suit any site, interest or taste with an extensive variety of material types, combinations and patterns. We are associated with sculptural artists utilizing stone, wood and steel. We are the only business in the Capital Region that produces products of this kind for sale.


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   ACM creates jewelry, tree decorations, table placements, blankets, painted laundry bags, painted boxes, wall hangings, and wreaths to suit any taste.

The most common function of ornaments is to make something look more attractive, especially small objects such as jewelry or tree decorations. However, the use of ornaments goes beyond mere decoration. When you ornament something, you're beautifying, embellishing, or adorning it. An ornament makes something prettier, flashier or more festive.

Women ornament themselves with makeup and jewelry. Men ornament themselves with face paint at football games and jewelry as well. Different cultures have their own ways of ornamenting themselves and their homes. ACM can help you find yours. See our Ornamental Gallery.

Small Models

   Many of the products are created with mediums that include clay, stone, plastic, cloth, metal and paper among many others. Some images are brought from two-dimensional representations into three-dimensional objects. Scale and sizing are important elements in the fabrication of every object. See our gallery See our Small Models Gallery.

Meet our team


Craig S. Church