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Hand drawing is coming back!

Architects sketchingsHere is an image from a publication called Architects’ Sketchbooks,  text by Will Jones and forward by Narinder Sagoo that I found on artbook.com.

You know I was excited when I read the first sentence from this description of this book found on the website “Drawing by hand is making a big comeback. Tired of ubiquitous slick computer renderings that look the same the world over, architects are rediscovering the importance of this very basic, immediate medium: seeing the world and recasting it through their imagination and visual and manual skill. The resurgence of drawing is not merely a retrograde trend, but an affirmation of the continued importance of sketching as part of the design process. Architects’ Sketchbooks is the first survey to present pages from the private sketchbooks of a wide international spectrum of architects, who use drawing to express their spatial ideas while revealing their unique thought processes. Sketches from some 85 architects and studios are featured, including Will Alsop, Architects Atelier Ryo Abe, Shigeru Ban, Elemental, Thom Faulders, Norman Foster, Carlos Jiménez, Alessandro Mendini and Office dA. Their works range from simple line drawings and clear perspectives to more abstract, artistic compositions, from quick freehand to measured mapping, from spontaneous squiggles on scrap paper to careful drawings on art paper. Accompanying texts by editor Will Jones include comments by the architects and profile how they use sketches to help evolve their initial inspirations and concepts into more developed ideas, revealing the artistry behind the built world.”

Interested in seeing more architectural books and reviews?  Check out the www.artbook.com.


  1. I’m going to check out the website…this is fantastic news…ever since I started doodling again, about a year or more ago, I’ve reveled in the feel of the pencil in my fingers…the texture of the paper I’m drawing on. I’m using pencils that belonged to my Dad and maybe even to me…since my parents threw nothing away. I’m very pleased, very happy that creative people are re-establishing a relationship with the real honest to goodness tools of their trade! Enjoyed your post!!

    • drawinghand says:

      Yahoo! So glad you are following my post. I too so enjoy my pencils, the feel of the paper and the exciting process of creating an image with my hand. I look forward to your comments and suggestions for blog postings that support our love of drawing!
      Take care – Stephanie

  2. KnitNell says:

    I love it when I read that artists are returning to sketchbooks and drawing from life.

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