This blog is devoted to my architectural sketching adventures and musings about the integration of architecture and sketching.
I hope not only to share my own on-location architectural sketches but provide tips and methodologies for sketching and understanding architecture.
Also, most importantly, I wish to explore ways in which, in a digital age, we can not only defend but
promote freehand sketching within the architectural profession.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A discussion about perspective

111006 Question for perspective experts!!!!
Last week I posted this sketch to my flickr with the idea of making sketching perspective on location simpler. The main intent is to sketch a simple building on a flat site without having to establish the vanishing points (which are often off the page of your sketchbook) (click on photo to access the explanation)
What happened on my flickr was an amazing discussion about 3 point perspectives... leading to a wonderful method by wernerk - not for the faint hearted but it appeals to the mathematical side of my brain!
Perspective without vanishing point, another method...
and then Gerard Michel (the master of perspective) shared this amazing technique...which has all to do with moving the page of your sketchbook up to your eye (having one eye closed) and drawing parallel lines... took me a while to figure it out....
Click on the photos to go to full explanations.

Meanwhile I have been having fun lately sketching contour drawings and abandoning perspective all together!!!
111005 S'Ivo Doodles 1
A quick 'paper' exercise based on photos I took last year in Rome (Borromini is naturally one of my favourite architects!)
111008 02 St Marys Combo
Quick sketches done in 30 minutes before going to a sketching event in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.


  1. I tell my students to think of the clock face and what number a clock hand would be pointing to at that angle - it's what fighter pilots used to do!

    It's easily visualised for those of use who are failures at maths :>)

  2. Perspective always will be important, however there are another aspects you must think about when you're designing... and that was something my teacher taught me in the university.

  3. I thought that your picture about perspective was like a timeline, however, great post and keep posting.