Updated Sketching Architecture Page

April 9, 2016 | 7 Comments


Just a quick post today to let you know that during the week (yes, with everything else going on!) my new Sketching Architecture page went live. Yay!

I am extremely excited about this page as it has been set up just like the Sketching Tools page with a number of categories so it is easy for you to find my best posts on various architectural sketching themes.

Getting this page up is a massive deal for me! Many years ago I started a separate sketching architecture blog but no matter how much I tried I just couldn’t commit to posting to it regularly. So I recently decided that I would migrate all the posts from that blog over to here so everything was in the one place. I still have work to do to collect and categorise my old content, but I now have a place and a structure to do that. It feels so good and I am convinces that it’s the right decision for me as lizsteel.com is my home base.

So what you see today is simply just a start! I have plans for much more over the coming months and years. Please pop over and check out what I have there so far.

I would LOVE to know what you want to know more about in reference to sketching architecture and what you struggle with the most.

I have a heap of ideas for future posts (applications of what I am putting in my book) but hearing from you really helps me focus in on the important stuff. Thanks, in advance!



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  • Ethna Gallacher says:

    Hi Liz….Great to see this new page on your blog!
    I’m really interested in the history of architecture/styles/eras……..so I’d love for you to do a blogpost/series/ onlinecourse /workshop………whatever you think is do-able……..about it.
    i see you mentioned Palladio…Baroque…Classical..etc……any of those would be great……or our own Colonial architecture.
    I’ve been looking at Renaissance portraits recently and got caught up how Brunelleschi built his dome….thought it fascinating.
    Anyway……for what it’s worth……I know you’ve got a lot on!! (ever so slightly!)
    Warm regards

    • Liz Steel says:

      Hi Ethna, yes, I can assure you it is on the cards! I have to lay the foundations first…which is what I have been doing over the last few years. But maybe I could do a Sydney workshop on styles to start getting my ideas together!
      There is a wonderful book on the building of THAT dome by Ross King … one of the few books I have read a number of times

    • Ethna Gallacher says:

      Thanks Liz….good to hear. Will look up that book!

  • Constance Smith says:

    HI Liz- thanks for assembling posts on architecture into one place. I just bought Francis Ching’s 2nd edition of a Visual Dictionary of Architecture, and I love looking at the details of arches and structure. I don’t have much input, I struggle with trying to draw arches in perspective, and also a lot of great old buildings are not straight, so that is tricky because of slumping walls or foundations.I guess I would like to see an explanation of drawing from different views, from bird’s eye to oblique, to straight on, to viewpoints from below the structure. It would be fascinating to look at one building from many different points of view.

  • Joanne McCabe says:

    Liz: I’m not sure this whether this is an architecture question, or a teacup question, so I’ll just call it “an architecture of teacups” question.

    First off, an observation that a three-legged stool site securely on any surface, at any time, while a four-legged stool may rock back and forth. In stool design, a three-legged stool is vastly more secure.

    In studying mugs and teacups (ever since an Australian artist heightened my attention to such things), I’ve noticed that their closed bottoms are never completely flat, if looked at from their outside surfaces. They are always slightly convex. There is no theoretical reason why cup/mug bottoms could not be flush with the tabletop, but they never are. Turn over and examine every cup/mug that you have. They “bump up” on the bottom, as if allergic to place mats.

    There are reasons why things are designed the way they are, whether it’s a heart/lung machine, a hammer, or a teacup. Is this a “three-legged stool” issue, where a mug with a “raised lip” will sit securely on a table (whereas one with a disk-like bottom could rock — a bad thing if it’s filled with hot liquid)?

    Or, is this an architecture thing, for stability (like domes are in cathedrals, for example), distributing the weight of the contents down through the cup, onto the raised lip, and thus into the table?

    Or it is both?

    Not intending here to bring back nightmares of physics and statics/dynamics, or to have you use integrals to compute the force per cc of tea on the bottom of the cup, but just trying to connect a mug (something that has a breezy “thingey-ness”) to the soaring insides of a cathedral, which seems to not.

    There is as much “architecture” in a drinking device as there is in a building (just difference in use, and scale), and I’m thinking if I can understand it in such a small item, it won’t be so standoffish in a big.

  • Claudia Angerer says:

    Hi Liz, your new architecture site is great. There are lots of gothic buildings in the city where I live. When I try to sketch architecture, the biggest problem for me is not the perspective (which I understand) but the details. I’m having trouble to simplify and to now which details to draw and what to leave out. Especially concerning gothic buidiings when it comes to the details in the front, the frontispiece, window ledges, pillars and so on I really get lost in the endless lines.
    I’d appreciate a few tipps or tricks from you how I can handle that. A reference foto from the actual buidling next to you sketch would be nice, except it’s a famous buiding which can be googled.

    • Liz Steel says:

      Hi Claudia – thanks for your message. Stay tuned there are more things coming about that… and in fact today I just wrote and did a diagram exactly on that topic for the book (but can’t reveal any more just yet!)

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