Sketching is really the best way to understand architecture

September 23, 2011 | Leave your thoughts

I will try to post more contemporary architectural sketches on the blog (promise!) but as I was recently looking through my travel sketchbooks from last year’s trip I just feel compelled to share with you all (again) some sketching that I did where I was totally in the groove.. eye saw, hand drew and the brain understood how the building was put together as the other two were doing their thing together…
(these sketches are also found on the UK sketches page)
0903 FR_04 Seaton Delaval Front Corner
0903 FR_05 Seaton Delaval Hall

The first two are at Seaton Delavel by Sir John Vanbrugh (yeah- more Baroque! This time English baroque… love his amazing use of volumes and rather outlandish heavy detailing!) When I sketched these I wasn’t really caring about perspective but just recording in as quick and as loose a manner as possible what I was looking at

0909TH_03 Blenheim Clock Tower
0909T_06 Blenheim Front Detail1
0909TH_07 Blenheim Front Detail2
These three are details from Blenheim Palace (Vanbrugh and Hawksmoor)
One of the amazing things about posting your sketches online via iphone on the day…is there just might be someone that sees it and reads your silly notes. Someone knew exactly what John Summerson quote I was wanting and typed it up for me so that evening I could read it! Which was
There is a double beat, then [the Doric Order] wheels round. Another double beat: it turns, enters the towers – it disappears. Then out it marches from the near side of each tower, marches forward till it is returned as a formal entry with steps inside and a flourish of arms above. (summerson, The classical Language of Architecture, 1991, pag. 71)

How cool is that.

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