A comprehensive directory of sketching and drawing techniques
for able and aspiring artists, 5-Minute Sketching: Architecture will help you to dust off your sketchbook and loosen up your creativity in a short amount of time. This bite-sized approach helps make drawing a part of everyday life, making it easy to understand buildings, landmarks and skylines quickly. Don't be intimidated by the prospect of trawling through a technical drawing book, having an elastic amount of time to draw or sketching large and complex buildings! With 5-Minute Sketching it is perfectly possible to produce a great drawing in less than 5 minutes - quick sketches are the perfect way to warm up creatively and to lay the foundation for a more detailed piece.
Every spread in the book features five expert tips and ideas, as well
as examples of amazing five-minute sketches to inspire anyone short on time. Urban Sketcher and Architect Liz Steel looks first at Chapter 1:How to See, with expert tips and topics for quickly perceiving architectural subjects, such as “Easy measuring” and “Set out the basic structure”. Next comes Chapter 2: Quick on the Draw, with easy expert tips on how to draw specific subjects - such as shop fronts, bridges and churches - swiftly. Next, Chapter 3: Time-Saving Techniques which includes advice on nifty tricks for drawing quickly - such as catching the light and crosshatching for speed - and having fun with mark-making. Finally, dip into Chapter 4: Speedy Supplies, the perfect excuse to buy new, easy-to-use materials such as markers and watercolors and experiment with digital tools. Get set and sketch!
Liz Steel is a Sydney-based artist, teach, illustrator and architect. She has 20 years experience as an architect, working on a range of residential and commercial projects around Australia. She never leaves home without her sketchbook, pens and paints - always ready to document her daily life through quick spontaneous ink and wash sketches. She has combined her extensive architect's training with many years of urban sketching around the world, regularly teaching sketching workshops and being an active member of the global online community of Urban Sketchers.