My workshop builds on last year’s workshop SketchingArchitecture in Edges, Shapes and Volumes – this time I want to share how to speed up your sketching of complex buildings through an understanding of structure and/or using lost and found edges.
Some of the common challenges when it comes to sketching architecture are perspective, getting lost in the details and sheer boredom from drawing lots of repetitive elements such as windows. The last was a common comment during last year’s workshop in Manchester, and as much as I love sketching buildings, I totally agree that drawing every window is tedious!
So I want to share with you in this workshop two methods for simplifying complex buildings and Chicago is the perfect city for doing this.
The first method is based on having a volumetric understanding of the building – seeing the underlying volumes and the structural grid. The second involves abstracting shapes, looking at values and then blowing out the highlights and merging the shadows. Combining the two approaches, and in addition alternating between line and colour, results in lively sketches with lots of lost and found edges.
As always, I will be sharing my ideas as I prepare the content for this workshop, and a detailed report (with handout) afterwards. So if you can’t make it to Chicago you won’t miss out on my big ideas. You can read the full description of the workshop here.
To find out more about the Symposium click here. The event is so super popular that this year the earlybird places sold out in minutes! I am hoping that everyone gets in when general registration opens.
Finally, here is a message from the USK President following the earlybird registration on the weekend. (Note: I’m a little late sharing it as I’ve been offline for a few days.)
Dear Urban Sketchers,
What a phenomenal response to the early bird registration for the 8th USk Symposium in Chicago today! It’s wonderful to see so much excitement and interest in raising the artistic value of on-location drawing and sharing the world one drawing at a time. I know there are many of you who were not able to early bird register, as you’d hoped.
Registration continues on 18 February 2017 23:00 GMT. Please see the post linked below for more information.
Thank you for your support and assistance!