An Architectural Perspective on Sketching



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Seago, A., & Seago, M. (2023). An Architectural Perspective on Sketching. Journal of Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism, (4), 273–291.


Architects often rely heavily on hand-sketching to represent their ideas to others, but many have never formally studied what makes a good perspective sketch. Elements of perspective sketching such as medium, subject, and composition are examined along with analysis of the technique’s benefits for other aspects of an architect’s work. We introduce and briefly address several technical skills which perspective sketching both requires and cultivates, including the treatment of negative space, correct perspectival construction, shade and shadow, tone, color, and entourage. Considering the underrated nature of good sketching, some suggestions for incorporating sketching practice into one’s daily regimen are put forth.


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