I am always thrilled to meet architects who can draw and sketch their creative ideas on paper. I am a dedicated advocate for learning good hand drawing and computer skills - and - knowing when to apply both towards any given design process.
My good friend and talented Las Vegas Architect Edward Vance, AIA (the good looking guy on the left) has perfected how to sketch his initial ideas quickly and confidently on paper. His drawings not only engage clients in meaningful design discussions but save him lots of time and fee by eliminating a more time consuming visualization process that involves computer modeling. Ed’s sketches effectively convey the 3-dimensional form of the building and place his design in context with the street, landscaping, signage and with people.
What makes Ed’s process so valuable is that these two sketches (the original thumbnail sketch and final rendering) took him only 60 minutes to create! Amazing!
Thumbnail Sketch. Ed created this 6”x6” mockup of the commercial scene in pen and ink with colored pencil to communicate the overall composition. The drawing was developed from imagination, not traced over any photograph or 3D computer model. He chose a classic eye level two-point perspective with an emphasis on the space in front of the restaurant.
Final Sketch. Ed placed a sheet of trace over the original sketch and created the final drawing in pen and ink, fine tuning the elements and adding colored pencil to highlight the materials and sky. Notice the very casual line drawing technique with deliberate overlapping lines. This drawing technique was controlled and meant to convey an “in progress” design - leaving lots to the client’s imagination, encouraging constructive feedback.
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