Perfect Architectural Drawing Taking lessons is similar to learning a foreign language but with a twist…
Sure you need to ‘become fluent’ in drawing.
But how does learning drawing actually work?How willan idealfield of study Drawing lesson look like?You put yourself in front of your drawing board, you think you’re going to draw the best drawing you possibly can…and then something comes up and you go ‘arghhh, I can’t do it’Then you start telling yourself negative BS like “I’m just not talented” or “I am hopeless with drawing” or any fill-in-the-blank random negative self-criticism.
1.) Assignment Presentation
Here you get a specific brief.Ideally if you don’t have a brief, you just chose one thing you want to improve on in the area of drawing and design.Let’s say…hmm drawing communicative materials: wood, glass, plastic etc
You start brainstorming how you can do this, ideally breaking everything down in bite-sized chunks.
You want to be told the way to draw these field of study materials? Have a go at Perfect Architectural Drawing simple boxes with each of the materials.And approach that one by one so plan out to learn plaster first (it’s the easiest to draw), then wood, glass, metal etc.
2.) Concept Generation
Here you start sketching a progression of thumbnail images to get out of your mind and on a piece of paper the type of ideas you want to start.You can’t just rush into drawing a large A2 Drawing, it doesn’t work like that.You first form the image in your mind-then you organise it-test it out-tweak it in thumbnail sketches-then you are set to go for a large drawing that is going to be a success.Start doing small sketches of boxes and experiment with different textures.Ideally you build on things youalready knowledge to draw: easy box views, thumbnails, etc
3.) Freehand Drawing + Triangle Drawing
Here you need to read my article on the “Four Steps To A Successful Drawing”
You start off by filling your page with lines, then you go for triangles + t-bar to get a clear final drawing that you can hatch or colour.
So fill that A3 page with boxes with different materials just by sketching them freehand (don’t attempt to start hatching before you’ve filled the whole page)
After that it’s time to get a triangle and to start hardening all the lines you’ve sketched previously.Use a T-bar to get straight vertical lines and correct any perspective mistakes you might have…
Finish this step then move on to…
4.) Intermediate Critique
Obviously at one point you need to set your work aside and look at it objectively from a distance.
Is this the right type of approach? How would other people solve the same thing.
Maybe some references will help me again,or maybe ask my peers for feedback etc.Maybe just go out for a short walk and when you get back you will see your work from a different angle.
5.) Hatching + Final Details
Now that we gave that a thought and got some more ideas, let’s move on to the hatching/coloring part.
Then you can go for re-hardening the contour lines (after colouring the contour lines tend to generally get lost in the different layers your drawing, so hardening them is a great idea)
Hatching only works when you have a proper line drawing first, so never ever compromise this for colouring.
I know, hatching and adding colour is much more fun than the boring line drawing…