By Sue Ferguson Gussow
The place does architectural layout commence? In an age passionate about all issues electronic, it truly is tempting to ascertain a computerscreen in a paperless studio. whereas the sensible price of computer-aided drafting and photorealistic modeling areindisputable, yet you will not locate the soul of structure within the computer. glance as a substitute at an architect's drawing hand. rules circulation onto the paper in the course of the uniquely human artistic collaboration among brain and eye. Architects Draw, the inaugural quantity of our new Architectural Briefs sequence, highlights this such a lot basic point of speculative designfreehand drawing.
Architects Draw deals a realistic and beneficial strategy to support scholars and would-be sketchers translate what they see onto the web page, no longer as an imitation of fact, yet as a complete union of voids and solids, gentle and shadows, traces and shapes. for almost 40 years, respected Cooper Union professor and artist Sue Gussow has taught aspiring architects of various skills the way to absolutely detect and understand the areas that make up our actual setting. Gussow skillfully applies architectural language to twenty-one drawing workouts that take on a number of formsfrom peas in a pod to monkeys, skeletons, dinosaur bones, and the artwork of Giacometti and Mondrian. She exhibits, for instance, how lower fruit and paper luggage show that the actual international is made from planes, dimensions, and enclosed house.
Architects Draw gains examples from postgraduate architectural perform that explicitly attach drawing to the area of structure. This detailed path presents an effective starting place for an individual drawn to utilizing drawing as a visible language to explain structure
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The only record we have of Leonardo’s destroyed Battle of Anghiari is Ruben’s pen-and-chalk study of it. 1 The list of architects who participated in the design of Saint Peter’s in Rome (1506– 1625) is a roll call from the high Renaissance. The visions of Bramante, Raphael, and Peruzzi, among others, were crowned by a dome Michelangelo had designed, which was inspired by Brunelleschi’s dome in Florence. 2 Gaudí’s consummate masterpiece, the Sagrada Família in Barcelona (begun in 1882 and still not complete), was a work already two years under construction when Gaudí was brought in to collaborate with Francisco de Paula del Villar.
On the other track, the class also meets weekly for another session devoted to critique. Here both drawings done in studio and work from outside assignments are pinned up and discussed. As the semester proceeds, drawing concepts are introduced and layered into the weekly assignments, and drawing from the model begins to deepen the understanding of these concepts. At approximately midsemester, the scribble page is introduced—the timing for this varies with the class’s grasp of earlier goals. Until this point little emphasis has been given to the grace or authority of the hand.
43 F IGURE 2 The drawing reveals true hand-to-eye engagement. There is clear evidence of lighter underdrawing with a second level of darker, more emphatic marks that assert the bending of a spine, the flexing of a haunch. The viewer’s gaze transverses the page, guided by certain implicit visual pathways. For instance, the eye might begin at lower left, ascend vertically, and descend in clockwise fashion. The stone ledges on which monkeys sit or clamber are not drawn; they are implied by the position of the monkeys’ rumps, which form a series of brief, broken horizontal lines.
Architects Draw: Freehand Fundamentals by Sue Ferguson Gussow