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Draw like an Architect - Essential Tips

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In this video I share my tips for improving your architectural drawing technique. I'll walk you through a detail sketch, a basic section sketch and then transition into a few of my CAD working drawings to illustrate how a simple toolset can produce a range of drawings. Important concepts discussed: - Lineweight (and the pens I use) - Atmospheric perspective - Drawing technique - Corners - Iteration - Foreground, middle-ground, and background - The 'squint' test - Shade + shadow - Entourage (http://www.mrcutout.com/ , http://skalgubbar.se/ , http://pimpmydrawing.com/ ) In the end, it’s not about copying my drawing style or anyone else’s. It’s about developing your own and the best way to do that is by seeking out the architectural drawings you like and try and duplicate their results. Study their commonalities, how do they differ from the way you draw? Some of my favorites are found in the Detail in Contemporary Residential architecture books or Detail magazines…all the German stuff. // GEAR I USE // DSLR CAMERA: * Canon 70D: http://amzn.to/29klz7k LENSES: * Canon 24mm f2.8 Lens: http://amzn.to/29l7ac5 * Canon 40mm f2.8 Lens: http://amzn.to/29x2QcI AUDIO: * Rode VideoMic Pro (hotshoe mtd.): http://amzn.to/29qlNM3 * ATR-2100 USB (dynamic mic): http://amzn.to/2dFDaKp ARCHITECTURE GEAR: * Prismacolor Markers: http://thirtybyforty.com/markers * Timelapse Camera: http://thirtybyforty.com/brinno * AutoCAD LT: http://amzn.to/2dxjMDH * SketchUp PRO: http://amzn.to/2cRcojz * HP T120 Plotter: http://amzn.to/2dBGf1O * Adobe CC Photography (Photoshop/Lightroom) Plan: http://amzn.to/2dhq5ap STARTUP TOOLKIT: * Architect + Entrepreneur Startup Toolkit: http://thirtybyforty.com/SPL -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Studio Joy Works (Rick Joy's New Book) - My Review" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZPhhiLaOhg -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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30X40 Design Workshop (1 year ago)
You can download my digital drawing template here: thirtybyforty.com/autocad-template
David Hernandez (1 day ago)
Yeah, can I download the actual template?
Daniel Douglas (6 months ago)
How can I contact you to have a better understanding about being a articeture
Shaghayegh V (6 days ago)
fantastic! good work!thank you
Cdub Trotter (6 days ago)
From an interior design student, things you should have said before anything else- Architectural "drawing" is not the term used. It is DRAFTING, *ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING* line weights are only important to learn AFTER you know what each line is used for. Wall line, construction line etc or it won't give any illusion of depth, it will look messy and unorganized. You will also have to learn how to read and use an architects scale (multi sided ruler with a scale for drawing accurate sized rooms/buildings based on their size in real life) you also need a T-square or a straight edge in order to be sure your lines are vertical/horizontal, a drafting board will cost you about $100 USD, you need different sized lead holders or technical pens (micron, copic multi-liner etc) this will make line weights easier. You will want to be able to erase without smudging your work (remember this is to "draw like a professional" video he is giving tips on, so smudges are a no no🙄) you will want a horse hair brush to brush off eraser shavings without any smudging. You will need to be able to learn the lettering style and sizes used in an architectural drafting project very small and no horizontal lines using all capital letters. Just to name a few....you can find the standards for these things online very easily and if you follow those steps properly, your work will look better than most!
Priscilla Gama (8 days ago)
Karim sari eddine (9 days ago)
hello ! you're amazing do you have facebook or instagram I want to contact you concerning a career decision .. thank you
AstroDesigns (11 days ago)
Heyy I really need your opinion! Im not good at drawing, I never had the raw talent. Should I discard architecture as an option??
YourClosetLlama (22 days ago)
As an architecture student, I must say that I'm thrilled to have found your channel!
misssilvya (23 days ago)
How are you so cool?!
Annmaria x (25 days ago)
I had no idea what to do with my life but I think I’ll do architecture now ‘cause I’m good at art and maths.
Charlie Ruth Chadwick (1 month ago)
Thanks for this video! Brilliant x
Arnaldo Jansen Carino (1 month ago)
Draw like an Architect and Build Like an Engineer
Jadon Chang (1 month ago)
wow, you are really good!
Đinh Quang Anh (1 month ago)
As a second year architecture student, I find this video pretty interesting. I don't really find any professor in my university telling the students about this, just plain lessons. Thank you so much for the video
Shaiq Shah (1 month ago)
I am an artist and now i am using architectural techniques in my drawings. Thanks to you
T. Kuykendall (2 months ago)
Thank you.
an Architect (2 months ago)
Very nice video with great explanations! Thank you
Dean Turner (2 months ago)
This is why sketchup is a pile of garbage.
Mehdi Enaami (2 months ago)
Thanks. Very useful.
David waspKL (2 months ago)
I'm just practising some listening for the B2 english! I LOVE your content, is really awesome and peacefull. Keep the good work. Cheers
Dane Hoover (3 months ago)
Great video, thank you for sharing! Btw, what program is that at 7:15?
Ahmes Syahda (3 months ago)
-30X40- *297X420*
Christina Naeg (3 months ago)
Keep it up dude! Nice tutorial. Connected👏
Thanks for this great intro to architectural ortho drawing. I was thinking of covering this a bit but I see you’ve gone the job well already. Im a Revit user so all this now is coded into it. https://www.instagram.com/ericksong123/
Haneen elshawish (3 months ago)
Thank u ,,
YAEL NIR (3 months ago)
great video and interesting tutorial.
Eptesam Ali (3 months ago)
thank you very very much
dj:architecture (3 months ago)
This video and your channel, present such essential techniques and ‘life lessons’ that are learnt within both the architectural industry and design world alike, but are so rarely presented at University during training.
Gustavo Kool (4 months ago)
Jess Moccelini (4 months ago)
Very good video! Thank you for all your videos, it's helping a lot!
Cillerz Feeds (4 months ago)
Anyone else have a shit teacher
Santiago Matallana (4 months ago)
Great material Eric! I'm finishing now last year of Architecture School, your videos encourage me to never stop beleiving that being an architect with creative and outside-of-the-box vision is possible in real life!. I love your channel, love how you simply explain many aspects of something so complex as our profession. I'm devouring the material you produce and plan to continue doing it! Please don't stop! Greatings from Colombia. God bless and _Cheers_
Roohina Khanum (4 months ago)
I really wish I had a teacher like you!
Róbert Roth (4 months ago)
Why would you use red as a basic colour for the text? It gives some warning sign vibes to your work in my opinion like it's a fire escape plan, where as blue for example, would stand out just as well.
Elene elene (4 months ago)
thank you for useful information :) you helped me a lot
Carson Brea (4 months ago)
Thanks for the tutorial. Greetings from Uganda
Marina Duarte (5 months ago)
Hi! I'm pleaseant to see your videos. You're very inspiring. Your way of designing is helping me restore my passion for architecture.
Edder Barrera (5 months ago)
I recently discovered your channel and your books. These kind of books I`ve been searching for a few time. I own my own design practice in my place, Acapulco, Mex. and I`ve been searching for a useful information about how to manage an architecture studio. From now and then, I am a loyal fan of your channel and your videos and I am going to buy your physical books, Eric. Congratulations for all that useful stuff you create for us and go for it. Greetings from México.
Carl Siemens (5 months ago)
As an engineering student, those wavy lines and freehand sketches make me uncomfortable.
Alea Masemann (5 months ago)
Hey, i study architecture in Germany and : ,, all the german stuff „ really made me laugh! You‘ve just shown me what it’s really about lines and all the „smallest“ things we use to transfer sth in this passion. Thanks for reminding me of that, i almost forgot to have that in mind when i work on a Design.
Chronic Zero (5 months ago)
Very good. It would have it would have helped me a lot if I had seen this back when I entered Uni 👏🏼👏🏼
aboalmlk aboalrhman (5 months ago)
I don’t know how ti draw can i br architecture
Andrei Gorbatov (5 months ago)
Abid Ali (5 months ago)
Yuchun Wang (5 months ago)
professional video. Really helpful! thanks a lot❤️
pramod narayan (5 months ago)
thanks a lot brother:)
jatinker10 (6 months ago)
Your videos are so helpful! Thank you!
MiHiHemi (6 months ago)
Thanks, too many students do not understand the importance of line weight. Not just sketching but equally important in CAD drawings. I began pushing pencils in the late '70s so in transitioning to CAD, I've always been anal requiring the same look.
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Yx. C (6 months ago)
This video is amazingly helpful thanks for your effort!!
Tom tommie (6 months ago)
must you know how to draw to become an architect?
Das Video Archiv (5 months ago)
Tom tommie yup, but CAD is important as well.
Aslans Angel (6 months ago)
This may sound absolutely ridiculous, but when I was in architecture school, I could not "think" on canary yellow trace. It was required at our school at Drexel University. I would design on white trace, and then present my drawings on canary. The teachers never knew I did this. I had SUCH a mind block looking at yellow, but with white, my ideas would just flow. Back when I was in school, the internet didn't even exist. There is SUCH a wealth of information out there. I'm teaching middle schoolers Intro to Architectural now, and your videos are inspiring. Keep them up!
ATTA ADUTWUM AKWASI (6 months ago)
you are really impacting something special in me as student
ashely anderson (6 months ago)
Amazing, Thank you.
Ahmad Saba Afrooz (6 months ago)
How to avoid fuzzy line-weight in drawing
Mawe Ahmad (6 months ago)
Superb... Like it
Rene W. (7 months ago)
so love it! please post more :)
frenchfries0019 A (7 months ago)
great video
Tiago Pereira (7 months ago)
Joe Poelmans (7 months ago)
Says long strokes yet i see a lot of wrist use
Franco Maimbil (7 months ago)
Como se llama la font que usas ? :)
quiversa (7 months ago)
Do you think the "Pull and not Push Rule" works for lefties as is, or should it be reversed? I do both and because of your video, I am considering refining this for consistency.
Michael Ukpoju (7 months ago)
what pens and pencils did u use
ocean daughter (8 months ago)
i learned so much. thank you
geysi ventura escriba (8 months ago)
Excelente referente ,para cuando necesitas ayuda :)
ASMR Flower Girl (8 months ago)
This is just beautiful ! Thank you so much !
sigit ocha (8 months ago)
You explained it in such great details, I really can't wait to get the items needed to start drawing😍😍😍😍. I've always been interested in drawing houses and interested in making my own floor plans,but I never take any architecture class at all so I didn't know how to draw properly, everything looks the same, because I only use 1 pensil/ pen with the same intensity when pulling it( drawing) so everything looks 2D only😥😥. Now that I've watched your video,it gives me a much better understanding on how to create 3 D design by differentiating the intensity of the pencil used. Thank you so much for sharing this video,I really appreciate what you've done,you have no idea how much this means to me 😇😇😇
chammmpagne (8 months ago)
Thank you so much for your video!
Kabilesh Kabi (8 months ago)
Do you have an instagram pagr
Fauzia Ridhani Mufty (8 months ago)
Oh God I have the exact same pentel pencil like, same, same. I broke that bottom part too. Wishing I cold be as good as you, though. Anywayy thank you for your videos! Finally someone on the internet could help me with everything related with architecture. I'm currently on a project to design an Urban Villa (this semester's final studio project in uni) and in three weeks I'll do the dispaly for my design but I still got a lot to do (I'm still working on the floor plan). Good luck to you!
PompousChimp (8 months ago)
Eric, I have a question. What software do you use in highlighting your mouse cursor? Thank you! And as always, great video, very informative!
Mauro Manzo (8 months ago)
wrong hand posture...
FIROMOT _ (8 months ago)
you can say I got into this kind of late :)
FIROMOT _ (8 months ago)
Hi, I only just recently started watching your videos and you've helped me so much. I have been torn between civil engineering and architecture and watching your videos have eased the process of my decision even though I have just been accepted for civil engineering at a university, it looks like I would be changing my major but to change to architecture I would need a portfolio which I do not have ! To add to that my drawing skills aren't polished, I know it may seem like I have no interest in architecture I really do, its always been a latent passion of mine so I would like to know your opinion or any advice you can give me, also on how to better my drawing.
Moffick Mo (8 months ago)
why 30x40? is there a reason why you stick to this paper size?
30X40 Design Workshop (8 months ago)
30x40 is my business name...not a paper size i use...
Alexandra Wimmer (9 months ago)
Thank you! Very interesting & helpful! (but are you aware, how your own drawings are looking very sloppy? ...)
TEDDY NYAKADO (9 months ago)
I like your explanations and you impressed me with the sketches!!
robin colloud (9 months ago)
Hello I would like to know what is the font that you use in your plan, I love what you do continues like this
Slasher Gameplay (9 months ago)
Eduardo Ríos (9 months ago)
Can you try to do this kind of sketches on iPad with Apple Pencil? Great job by the way and greetings from Mexico!
Zineb Ke (9 months ago)
I just love your videos !!
Hibha Ashraf (9 months ago)
i always wanted to be an architect and i get admired when i see an architect student but i have no creativity and talent for building concepts on my own 😞
Jean Claude Nahimana (9 months ago)
Where can i get the book you just say .details magazine
Charl Pretorius (9 months ago)
Watched this for the 3rd time today. A go to video and channel for info and inspiration!
voicesinsidemyhead (9 months ago)
and what are those nice markers you use to add colors?
voicesinsidemyhead (9 months ago)
what is the word used to describe the way corners look like (3:19-3:20)? sorry, didn’t get it..
Noraskye 007 (10 months ago)
Learning architecture is a confusing and frustrating process, clearcut information like this is just the breather that gives you hope to continue
Arnold Consigo (10 months ago)
Legit real fan of yours my friend. you are such a great instructor, everytime i got home from school i always rush to your channel and study stuffs you share it does way more knowledgeable and cooler than at school. i hope you continue to spread your skills at this field. it really helps me a lot! Thank you! A big Cheers from Philippines!
Genuelroy Florano (10 months ago)
Your voice,,,,, like nicolas cage😂😂😂😂😂😂😊😂😊😃😃😀😃😀
Fernando Dantas (10 months ago)
I loved this video! Thank u!
Thank you so much for your great content! It really has helped me deciding whether I want to be an architect or not. Still, I'm afraid it will be way too difficult and I'll end up giving up on the course. Anyways, keep up with the great work!
Inverted Milk (10 months ago)
I learned that doing that job is hard. First game I made, I was stuck on building my building. It looked too blocky for me. I never planned and just did it as I was going. It looked terrible.
madhurjya medhi (10 months ago)
Very nice.... I like the simplicity of the sheets.... Can you tell me from where you got those grey sketch pens
madhurjya medhi (10 months ago)
Thank you very much
30X40 Design Workshop (10 months ago)
my new favorite grey sketch pens are these: https://thirtybyforty.com/copic-sketch-grays/
Anthony Valles (11 months ago)
I am a 20-year-old Architecture student and your channel has helped me a ton! I want to thank you for all of these helpful tips!
Germaine Mawala (11 months ago)
I'm new to this channel and so far I think its great!! I'm going to subscribe NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!pls make more videos.
Germaine Mawala (11 months ago)
I'm new to this channel and so far I think its great!! I'm going to subscribe NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!pls make more videos.
Germaine Mawala (11 months ago)
I'm new to this channel and so far I think its great!! I'm going to subscribe NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!pls make more videos.
Burnzee_alex (11 months ago)
Love the video! Can anyone tell me why he puts the marker on the opposite side to the ink?
Aaron Codden (11 months ago)
Bpg007 (11 months ago)
Do you believe drawing is a key point in being an architect ?
Prashaanth _ (11 months ago)
OMG! The squinting part! It's so relatable. I do it often ;)

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