Trip Prep: My reading list

April 15, 2021 | 1 Comment


One of the best things about going on a road trip (rather than flying) is that I can take more books.

I’m going to be focusing on exploring the country towns in NSW and VIC for the next 6 weeks and my reading includes:

  • History: Architecture in Australia – JM Freeland
  • Style Guide: Identifying Australian Architecture – Apperly, Irving and Reynolds (I shared these two books last week here on the blog but now you all know why!)
  • Ideas: Five Minute Sketching Architecture – Liz Steel 🙂

It’s hard to believe that it’s five years since I wrote my book. At the time I included a lot of ideas and tips which I wanted to do more of in my own work. So I thought that this road trip will be a great opportunity to revisit these especially as one of my goals is to document the towns I’m visiting and driving through.

At the time when the book launched, I published four articles to summarise a few important concepts in the book. It’s really fun to revisit these again now as part of my trip prep:

BTW if you have the book and want more detailed instruction and step-by-step demonstrations please check out my SketchingNow Buildings Course.

 In my own work, I think the aspect of story is the most powerful concept to focus on. By simplifying a complex building to the most important aspect of it (the story) I’m able to sketch more quickly and loosely.

1 Comment

  • Shirley Joiner says:

    Liz, I am doing your Sketching Now Foundations course and you were talking about vertical and horizontal plumb lines, so I went back to your Sketching Now Buildings course to review the section on plumb lines. The two course do go together so well. Enjoy your trip.


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