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Sketch like an Architect (Techniques + Tips from a Real Project)

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Follow along as I work through a few rough sketches for a new project; I discuss the key style points and techniques you can use to develop your own architectural sketching style. Each sketching vignette includes many tips, but broadly they fall under the following headings: 1) Simply your toolset: fewer tools = fewer decisions 2) Start small: move quickly, be less precise, less precious 3) Line work: architectural sketching is a line art, not a fine art 4) Annotations: helps create a layered esthetic, describes things you're not able to easily show 5) Media + Implements: how changing these from time to time can spur new ideas. 6) Practice: the one thing guaranteed to improve your architectural sketching technique. **Here's the link to GET INVOLVED in my NEW PROJECT: http://thirtybyforty.com/new-project // GEAR I USE // CAD DRAWING TEMPLATE: * Download here: http://thirtybyforty.com/autocad-template ARCHITECT'S TOOLKIT: * Architect + Entrepreneur Startup Toolkit: http://thirtybyforty.com/SPL ARCHITECTURE ESSENTIAL TOOLS: * http://thirtybyforty.com/archi-gear PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR: *http://thirtybyforty.com/my-photo-gear MUSIC I USE: * http://thirtybyforty.com/music #architecture #architect #architecturetutorial -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Studio Joy Works (Rick Joy's New Book) - My Review" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZPhhiLaOhg -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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Conor James Mahoney (18 hours ago)
Thanks for such an informative video. I stumbled across your channel when watching a video of a man making a bench. I'm currently studying a GCSE course called 3D art and employment. My hopes are to be an architect. Any tips?
Priscilla Gama (8 days ago)
Love your channel! Check my last video if you have time 😘
Jefferson Borja (10 days ago)
Can i ask you guys about the name of the pen and how much it costs ? Please.
30X40 Design Workshop (10 days ago)
Links in the cards and on my blog: https://thirtybyforty.com/blog/architectural-sketching-techniques-tips
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??
Sarah Valentine (15 days ago)
The point about social media is so important, and kind of sad really. I, like many other aspiring artists I'm sure, so often am too focused on creating a drawing which is "good enough to post" and forget about the importance of the process. Here's to a new year full of making art for the sake of making art.
Zue (21 days ago)
Great video!!!!!
ThatGuy Man (25 days ago)
Kinda wish I did architecture instead of engineering but I’m more numbers and less art/creative
Lucía Marsella (28 days ago)
Arch Oma (28 days ago)
thank you very much for this video
Daily Artism (28 days ago)
🦋Nice one
rim italia (29 days ago)
I love painting & I love more.
Nishit Shah (29 days ago)
I'd definitely love to learn more tips n tricks and basics to sketch proportional Sketches ..... honestly I'm very poor at sketching
Enrico TV (30 days ago)
Hey, I would like to start sketching bit I don't have the materials I need like pencils or this other stuff you need. Can someone help me please and say me what kind of stuff I need and where I can buy it?
Lovelight Paradise (30 days ago)
Wonderful quality! Very informative, organized, and serene.
word (1 month ago)
i love this video and also its content, it hyped me up to practice sketches for my upcoming cet thanks for this! btw, what's the brand u're uding in this video? i like how the colors in markers seem to blend well — and the color pencils too!
Muhammad Ilham (1 month ago)
Indonesia subtitle plis..
Radek Kapucian (1 month ago)
Amazing video again! You are a great teacher!
Classic Cristal (1 month ago)
I looooove your channel! i just found it and watched like 3 videos in a row!
Areef Yusuf (1 month ago)
Is it compulsory to draw in point perspective
Morcouse Essam (1 month ago)
hey sir .. how you doin' ? I am really admire your work ... its unique ... and i will be so grateful if you add the arabic subtitle for more understanding and learning Special thanks
滝川四季 (1 month ago)
I gained power from your mind.
Paul Donnell (1 month ago)
im finding that studying fine art in combibation with perspective and architectural studies has really incresed my abilities as an artist fairly quickly.
J Nada (1 month ago)
I never thought about overlapping lines. First thought: I hate them. But will try them out to see how it feels.
Sketching is Life (1 month ago)
This is very good video. ✌
Aimi Dy (1 month ago)
thank you for sharing 😍 it really inspires me just keep on going😊
swiggity swooty (1 month ago)
Hümeyra Kırmızı (1 month ago)
Hi, wonderful drawing.👏👏Do you put Turkish subtitles? Please.
origamiboy99 (1 month ago)
was that a Shinning movie reference?
WuzNab (1 month ago)
I sketch like a 2 year old.
PUTIN IV (1 month ago)
Did you design your kitchen? Because it looks very good!
Hussain Shihabdeen (1 month ago)
Dear Sir, How to produce technical drawings for modern buildings like Architect Zaha Hadid and Architect Frank Gehry's designs
NomadicDesign (1 month ago)
Hi I am a 14 year old who really wants to be an architect and try my hardest to reach that goal thank you for this video have been struggling with the work that goes inte getting a good idea. I keep going back and forth so much that I never get anywhere. have been watching your videos for a long time now and thank you again for making them :)
Priscilla Gama (1 month ago)
T Lee (1 month ago)
great vid, but too cinematic for a tutorial themed video
Xavi Alti (1 month ago)
Every time I have to draw an make a project and feel strees, I like to see this video to remember, and relax, thanks man. From Catalonia :)
Stephanie Murray (1 month ago)
As a trained fashion designer I used to tell other students that they had to draw every day, home, travel, sitting outside, anywhere . Some asked of it was really neccesary to 'sacrifice' so much time to this but of course if you have trouble with doing this then you should find another job! I began sketching at about the age of 8 and my pocket money went into paper which for me from a poor family was treasure! One night a few years ago I came across a dumpster full of boxes of paper !!! it was raining but I managed to drag home a box despite the rain and walking two feisty Jack Russells ! I imagined what a difference that paper would have meant to me as a child. Lovely video thank you, my father wanted me to be an architect but I chose fashion so I would never be out of work and I never have ! BUT in a way garment construction and architecture are not so far apart are they!
Chaketote (1 month ago)
I can barely read his handwriting. In architect school they made us write perfectly our sketches and designs. It is never too late learn again man, cheer up :)
Behary Sudheer (1 month ago)
I want that pen ...😁🤘
Hangu Florin (1 month ago)
so boring
B Blij (1 month ago)
Are you designing space for ants?
Jesper Ek (1 month ago)
What kind of white pen do you use?
Valisk (2 months ago)
That was spooky. I had an identical Kuru Toga pencil in my hand as I was watching. Great videos - takes me back to my college days when 'Rendering with pen & ink' by Robert W. Gill was my bible. :)
i c o n i c (2 months ago)
Honestly, I never show people my sketch book. The last person I showed it to was my niece, she’s 1! 😂 I just find people’s unspoken criticisms way to... _something._
Ali Ghassan Alilateef123 (2 months ago)
I learn architecture from you more than I learn from my teacher's thanks man
ivan kent arrojado (2 months ago)
Being an Architecture student from the Philippines. It is very helpful for us to learn new things about Architecture in your video. I already downloaded all 30x40 Design Workshop video. Lets Keep Moving Forward!
david manor (2 months ago)
what kind of pens ?
30X40 Design Workshop (2 months ago)
You can see everything I use here: https://thirtybyforty.com/blog/5-things-under-20-every-architect-needs (and) https://thirtybyforty.com/resources/
bigboss asrul (2 months ago)
where to buy those kind of tracing roll papers? its hard to find here .
GINA PRADO GARCIA (2 months ago)
Hey, im just 13 and im interested about architecture, just few questions, what cheap materials can u recommrnd to your followers🤔
Lt Joker (2 months ago)
Matti Vilmunen (2 months ago)
you visual style looks like... well, just take a look 5:20 yourself..
manny (2 months ago)
What kind of white ink pen are you using? TIA
30X40 Design Workshop (2 months ago)
Check this post on my site for all the tools I use: https://thirtybyforty.com/blog/5-things-under-20-every-architect-needs?rq=tools
McKaos (2 months ago)
I'm no architect, but i do draw tons, a small tip for better handwriting, along with writing smaller, try to write in all caps as well, while still making the first capital letter of a word larger than the other capital letters
Marky Boi (2 months ago)
Structural engineering by profession.... Just subscribed... Enjoying your content. 👏
30X40 Design Workshop (2 months ago)
CeJaye (2 months ago)
just wrong
jonathan hutsell (2 months ago)
This was satisfying to watch
Jeffrey Fuller (2 months ago)
Tried to get into your new project, but it sent me to a type-form page that is private.
30X40 Design Workshop (2 months ago)
Hi, Jeff - First, thanks for being a member, I really appreciate your support! The survey is closed now and I’m using all the feedback and responses from the survey to move forward with the next phase of the project. If you'd like to know when it’s ready you can sign up to be notified at http://thirtybyforty.com/sign-up
your videos are very helpfull as a student, thank you very much.
Real Idiot (2 months ago)
Why are you not able to draw a straight line? Do you get parkinsons?
Philip Abbott (2 months ago)
Thank you!
Indre Aa (2 months ago)
Your videos are so so inspiring and straight to the point, but also very calming. I always feel like drawing and sketching after watching one of your videos. Thank you for that!
icommand (2 months ago)
i sketch during lunchbreak...its a good way to concentrate and develop right brain skills
derek askari dupont (2 months ago)
your expertise was perfectly nice this evening..keep plotting
Naim Majidov (2 months ago)
How can i find a pen like yours
eduardo santos (2 months ago)
Why is so hard to become a architect but they don’t even good money for how hard it is, i Believe the staring salary Is like 40k
Mingus ten Cate (3 months ago)
Love you Eric
Ibrahim Siddiq-Conlon (3 months ago)
shout out from an architect from Australia; stay strong.
Oriol Esteve Blanch (3 months ago)
Which type of letter do you use in your autocad template and your presentations?
litoboy5 (3 months ago)
R.I.P. Lya (3 months ago)
My dream is to become an architect so this might be a great start!
christian ramos (3 months ago)
as a student this channel really help me in improving my skills in architecture field, thanks a lot and keep up the good work bro!
20201963GT (3 months ago)
i love your video
Draw Technic (3 months ago)
I have already started sketching and will be doing a lot more hand drawn projects. Could you make a video on the architectural steps or process? From when you get a client, what happens, how does it go from there up til the completion and handover of the building? Would be much appreciated thanks.
65 Roses (3 months ago)
Patrick B. (3 months ago)
I am studying architecture in Romania and I was wondering were you went to college ? I love love you work Sir ! Keep it going
Random Posts (3 months ago)
You soo good youtuber! I subbed
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islam ruzyyev (3 months ago)
hey, I like your style and I am really impressed with it, how can I find my own style or how did you come up with this style?
Skyler Ruin (3 months ago)
Why are your solid lines wavey or squiggly instead of straight?
Jv Garcia (3 months ago)
im liking it tho HAHAHA thats his technique.
GabbishLee Gifted (3 months ago)
Thanks for the videos. Pretty calming as well as informative
Lim Chhunly (3 months ago)
I couldn't find his biography actually. Somebody know it please tell me, I need his born year, place..... for presentation assignment.. Thank you^^
Kulamani Dutta (3 months ago)
Where are you living
Kittiwat Sirijan (3 months ago)
Corey Buckner (3 months ago)
Where did you go to school for Architecture?
Collins Klassics (3 months ago)
I jus learned a lot Jus with simplicity Ty
Jon Eric Lindström (3 months ago)
waiting for the new upload!! Can't wait!! amazing stuff!!
Jon Eric Lindström (3 months ago)
waiting for the new upload!! Can't wait!! amazing stuff!!
Adriana Matilde (3 months ago)
thank you so very much for sharing your teachings...very inspiring!!!....love your style! :)
Charlie Symons (3 months ago)
Why do you choose the uni kuru toga over the more common pentels or rotrings?
30X40 Design Workshop (3 months ago)
It rotates the lead as you use it so no flat spots and it’s always sharp, you can see the mechanism on the product page, it’s actually quite interesting> http://thirtybyforty.com/kuru-toga
Rahul Gaikwad (3 months ago)
Luv it !
Edsko de Vries (3 months ago)
This was inspirational!
Raffy Rempis (3 months ago)
Hey guys! Do you know what type of mechanical pencil he's using?
30X40 Design Workshop (3 months ago)
Links to everything are in the description, pencil is: http://thirtybyforty.com/kuru-toga
Ma Traz (3 months ago)
Guy,I'm good at drawing but,I'm...my math,it suck help me:( especially I love sketch,I'm weak at math how can we be architect???
Jack woulder (3 months ago)
sir im an 1st year b.arch student and im really struggling with timely submission of my assigments.... can u give some tips for time managment.. hopefully you would reply..
Jack woulder (3 months ago)
+Willy Jimmy thanks☺
Willy Jimmy (3 months ago)
Some tips I have found that helped me; 1.Don't try to include all details in your first pass. Start with the basic outline and add details in layers. This also helps to get an idea early on about the overall composition if it is acceptable before you invest a lot of time. You can continue to improve the drawing as long as time permits or until you finish. 2. Learn to accept a little imperfection. It will be ok, I promise. You clearly have high standards to be asking this question, so I can't expect you'd throw quality out the window. But the quest for absolute perfection will keep you stressed out and constantly worried about the deadline. 3. Make copies of your outline drawing. Yes, do the basic outline, and when you're happy with it scan it and make copies. If you find your not happy with where it going with the details or color, chuck it and grab a fresh one. Less to redo and less pressure to be perfect.
there is nothing to do (3 months ago)
I'd love to see a video of just sketching. Love your art
Ford smith (3 months ago)
Turns out, I've been drawing like an architect since I was 5, thanks Dad
Amazing Arts (3 months ago)
i love this content 💚♥
TheWassag (3 months ago)
what pens are you using? and papers?
Justhis (3 months ago)
I am not an Architect but i love this content
希ᴋɪʙᴏ (3 months ago)
Wow, just found out your channel and Im so glad I did. The tips are so thorough and your artmanship is aesthetic. Love your content.
iArtemix (3 months ago)
That Shining reference at 5:48 tho...
Orkidea Somppi (3 months ago)
What is the name of the song!

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