Many people believe that you can’t sketch architecture without being a master of perspective, and others state that you do not need it at all. “Just draw the shapes”, they say.Continue reading for full descriptions
Many people believe that you can’t sketch architecture without being a master of perspective, and others state that you do not need it at all. “Just draw the shapes”, they say.
As an architect I have a conceptual understanding of the laws of perspective, but when I started sketching I found it hard to translate this knowledge to working in a spontaneous way in a small sketchbook. The classic perspective explanations always assume that you have an unending sheet of paper with the vanishing points fitting on the page – but in reality that never works for me . And despite wanting to achieve a certain accuracy with my lines, I have had no desire to try to replicate drawing board techniques to my sketching. So over the years I have developed a (vanishing)point-less approach to perspective!
Perspective is an incredibly useful tool; a sound understanding of it’s principles helps me see better and gives me a framework to achieve better accuracy. It is there to help, not hinder me, and it should never take away my joy of sketching. I think getting good shapes is more important than technically correct perspective.