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Sketching Architecture with Liz

Excited to see that Liz and Borromini have a Sketching Architecture blog.  I enjoy seeing her wonderful drawing and rendering style.  In this image she is using markers to add color to her architectural drawings. Here is a quote from Liz  “This blog is devoted to my architectural sketching adventures and musings about the integration of architecture and sketching. I hope not only to share my own on-location architectural sketches but provide tips and methodologies for sketching and understanding architecture. Also, most importantly, I wish to explore ways in which, in a digital age, we can not only defend but promote freehand sketching within the architectural profession.

Take a look at the sketch image series below where she is developing her composition.

Here are two smaller sketches. Note in the first one, she establishes the perspective view.  You can see her eye level which is the horizon line and the perspective lines below. She also includes the step progression. In the second image she demonstrates how she is establishing the proportion of the building.  Check out her other drawings and sketches from Rome, Venice, Bologna, New York & UK on her blog Sketching Architecture.


  1. Jessica Littleton says:

    I hope that this digital age does not demolish the creativity that free-hand drawing (sketching) brings. There truly is no comparison to something done with a good ol’ piece of paper and pencil and something fabricated on the computer. There’s almost a missing link when it comes to creating a sketch on your computer with a computer program. It’s missing the essence of the artist and creator. I really enjoyed looking at these sketches and I am completely envious of the creativity of them all! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Taylor says:

    Freehand sketching is something that I really enjoy doing, so I agree that this is something we must promote and protect in a society that is all about technology. There is no way to get the same look and feel in a drawing when it’s done with a computer program rather than by the hand of an artist.

  3. Brian C. says:

    I really enjoyed looking at these sketches by Liz, it is not often that you get to see the notes made during the sketching process. While it is nice to have examples of finished products I like to see the steps taken to get there as it give me a jumping off point in my own drawing. one of my biggest roadblocks has always be drawing to big and filling up my pages to quickly so seeing these should hopefully help.

    • drawinghand says:

      Glad that you are able to benefit from seeing these sketches. I agree with you that it really helps to see the beginning stages of a drawing to understand how to improve on your own drawing skills. Prof. Stephanie

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