Architects Draw: Freehand Fundamentals by Sue Ferguson Gussow

By Sue Ferguson Gussow

The place does architectural layout start? In an age enthusiastic about all issues electronic, it really is tempting to ascertain a computerscreen in a paperless studio. whereas the sensible worth of computer-aided drafting and photorealistic modeling areindisputable, yet you will not locate the soul of structure within the desktop. glance as a substitute at an architect's drawing hand. rules stream onto the paper in the course of the uniquely human artistic collaboration among brain and eye. Architects Draw, the inaugural quantity of our new Architectural Briefs sequence, highlights this such a lot basic point of speculative designfreehand drawing.

Architects Draw deals a realistic and valuable approach to aid scholars and would-be sketchers translate what they see onto the web page, now not as an imitation of truth, yet as a entire union of voids and solids, mild and shadows, traces and shapes. for almost 40 years, respected Cooper Union professor and artist Sue Gussow has taught aspiring architects of various skills how you can absolutely notice and understand the areas that make up our actual setting. Gussow skillfully applies architectural language to twenty-one drawing routines that take on a number of formsfrom peas in a pod to monkeys, skeletons, dinosaur bones, and the artwork of Giacometti and Mondrian. She indicates, for instance, how lower fruit and paper luggage show that the actual international is made of planes, dimensions, and enclosed house.

Architects Draw good points examples from postgraduate architectural perform that explicitly attach drawing to the area of structure. This specified path offers an effective origin for somebody drawn to utilizing drawing as a visible language to explain structure

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Make a tight ring around the model, as close as the number of students and expanse of the easel bases will permit. ) The resulting high, close vantage point gives fresh insight to point of view. For instance, a hip may appear to emerge beneath a shoulder, an ear lobe might punctuate the shape of a thigh. The drawing eye is in for surprises, thus the drawing that results will provide a refreshing spatial variation on the standard view of the seated pose. ) 36 Collaboration . Since an assessment of relationships between figure, chair, and negative space is crucial in effecting a solidlooking work, it is useful to build in a critique of how well the eye is measuring.

This allows for a gathering of drawing momentum, which would otherwise be interrupted by the model’s periodic rest breaks. Later, the models are posed in longer and increasingly complex compositions— initially of an hour’s duration and then 2 to 3 hours. Objects, mirrors, and furniture are introduced during longer poses. During the following weeks, draw the live models at an increasingly rapid pace. Stage Figure in Motion poses in which each posture the model takes changes incrementally from the previous one, as in stopmotion photography.

56 Make an underdrawing of the drawing in the spirit of the rapid figure sequences practiced previously. Allot no more than 2 to 5 minutes for this (see “Monkeys,” pp. 43–50). Make a separate rapid underdrawing, this time as the underpinning for a longer study of 20 to 30 minutes. Follow the master’s hand respectfully but at the same time freely and with speed—not line for line. Redraw the previous image at a larger scale, up to twice its original size. After this, make another enlargement, this time more interpretively.

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