Archisketcher: Drawing Buildings, Cities and Landscapes

Archisketcher: Drawing Buildings, Cities and Landscapes

Simone Ridyard

Language: English

Pages: 233

ISBN: 1440340919

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

"For urban sketchers...each new city is a clean white page."

There is nothing quite like the thrill of heading out on the town, sketchbook in hand, in search of a view worth capturing. Archisketcher will help you embrace the excitement of sketching on location while overcoming common challenges. You'll see that you don't need to be an architect to draw architecture confidently. Nor do you need to understand the intricate details of perspective, design or color theory.

This dynamic handbook tells you just what you need to know to create sketches that work well compositionally, provide a sense of depth and scale, and--most importantly--capture the true spirit of place.Richly illustrated with urban landscapes from around the world--from skyscrapers in Asia, to picturesque English villages, to Mediterranean hill townsTwo-page spreads present various artists' interpretations of Notre Dame, the Brooklyn Bridge and other iconic landmarksFeatures ten spotlights on contemporary urban sketchers who discuss the architectural styles and features in their own neighborhoods, from Montreal to Madrid From architectural portraits to bustling streetscapes to sweeping skylines, the art of urban sketching comes alive on these pages.

Whether you aspire to capture the pulse of cities afar or your own hometown, the art and ideas in this book will make your efforts more successful and enjoyable.

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relatively easy to establish the horizon line and vanishing point when you are looking at a clear, open view, this can be harder with interiors, or if something is in the way. The following may help. Imagine a corridor with a number of closed doors along the length of it. You can establish your eye level and horizon line easily enough—standing, it is about three-quarters the height of a door—but you can’t see the vanishing point because it’s behind a closed door. Imagine opening the door, but

interspersed with coffee shops and mosques. Dangers come from the driving, which is crazy, and too fast. The lack of sidewalks can make sketching perilous, as cars whiz past just inches from your sketchbook. A further danger is the intense heat—summer temperatures are usually well over 100°F (38°C). This is when I visit the many Muscat museums and cafés, and my sketchbook gets filled with drawings of Arabian artifacts, people and cakes. Building interiors are sketched, but their beautiful carved

make the light. In daytime the sun does the job, but around midnight, your page is black. Anything visible can only be seen according to the light source it is reflecting, whether street lights, café windows, doors suddenly opening or cigarette lighters flaring. TIM RICHARDSON The Shard from Bermondsey Square, London, England Night Lights Here is a great night sketch by Tim Richardson. It uses a limited color palette, and confident mark-making gives the commercial office blocks a sense

to whether you’re standing or sitting. Ionic Column More slender than a doric column, with a more ornate capital (although less elaborate than a corinthian column). The Ionic capital is identified by a volute, which looks like a partly rolled-out scroll. The shaft has twenty-four hollowed-out vertical flutes pictured opposite. Lintel A horizontal beam that bridges an opening in a wall, such as a door or window. It can be timber, stone, iron or steel. Pediment The triangular

lifestyle, especially in urban areas. Ever more state-of-the-art buildings are being built in Tokyo, alongside traditional old Japanese buildings. For instance, if you go to the Asakusa district, you can see the futuristic new Tokyo Skytree tower, standing as a backdrop to the old Senso-ji Temple. While in the Harajuku district, trendy stores and modern buildings sit alongside the serene Meiji Jingu Shrine. One of my favorite places to sketch in Tokyo is the upscale business and commercial

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