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Sketching to Illustrate a Vision

April 4, 2010

This perspective was to illustrate the spatial concept of an urban outdoor quadrangle. It was not about illustrating iconic architecture, but rather to conceptualize the spatial ambience of a proposed space. The sketching process here is more complex than all the previous sketches in my blog to date.

Using the architectural plans of the project, the perspective geometry of the outdoor space was accurately scaled and mapped-out with simple construction lines, by hand, not computer generated.

The quadrangle is a one point perspective consisting of foreground, middle ground, virtual surfaces, the horizon and the vanishing point. The middle ground with pedestrian activities is the focus of the sketch. The drawing process involved sketching images of the buildings, the trees, the umbrellas, seated customers, and people on different layers of tracing paper. Then the final drawing is done in ink on a single sheet of tracing paper with a T-square and triangle.

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8 Comments
  1. sketching journey permalink

    Notice that the heads of all the people, except those seated, are on the horizon line.

  2. sketching journey permalink

    The buildings to the left and right of the perspective are what I refer to as “virtual surfaces” They set the scale, ambience and the architectural quality of the quadrangle. People are then scaled with reference to the buildings. Here, one has to invent and design the facade of each building, while care should be taken to draw the interiors too.

    The architectural quality is expressed simply by the juxtaposition of; covered arcade; different building set-backs and heights; transparent and solid facedes; canopies and balustrade details; as well as trees and landscape accessories.

  3. Difficult to create, yet beautiful to behold!

    • sketching journey permalink

      I think once you understand the strategy and follow the process that I outline in my sketching tips, you may find that it’s not that difficult after all.

  4. Shafali permalink

    I am learning:-) But it would be while before I am able to say that it isn’t difficult.
    -Shafali

  5. We’re a gaggle of volunteers and starting a brand new scheme in our community. Your web site provided us with valuable info to work on. You have done an impressive job and our entire group might be thankful to you.

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