Drawing Buildings

by Apr 13, 2021Art Supplies

Love drawing buildings

Jane loves drawing buildings and here shows, and talks about, some examples she has done over the years.

Using perspective is important when drawing buildings 

The White Horse public house.

This is a line drawing I did some years ago for the then landlord of the pub. I used this line drawing to transfer on to a good quality paper so that I could do the finished piece. Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the finished piece.

Here perspective was used to get the lines of the building correct as they disappear in to the distance.

Perspective drawing of the White Horse public house

Drawing basics

The drawing basics are the four main skills of drawing. They’re the ability to:

  • Recognise edges, lines, and angles
  • Reckon proportion and perspective
  • Deciphering shadow, highlights and gradations of tone; and lastly,
  • Unconsciously drawing them all together-which comes to you with practice.

Using line work

You can also produce drawings of buildings in line. Line art or line drawing is any image that consists of distinct straight or curved lines placed against a (usually plain) background, without gradations in shade (darkness) or hue (colour) to represent two-dimensional or three – dimensional objects.

Tonal Drawing

Another way to produce a drawing of a building is tonal. Tonal drawing is the variation of black to grey that is given to a drawing on paper usually with pencil. So basically a tonal drawing is the art of gradual increase or decrease from light to dark from one part of the drawing to another.

Tone is the relative scale of light to dark values in an image. It is vital to creating depth and solidity in a drawing or painting. You can use tone to do preparatory sketches for paintings, or as under paintings for finished pieces.

Colour drawings of buildings

Here you can use any medium you favour. Soft or oil pastels, watercolours, oil paint, acrylics, coloured pencils and collage to name but a few.

Jane says

“I love drawing buildings, there are so many different types. I do prefer older buildings as I find them so much more interesting and detailed.

Drawing buildings helps you get to grips with perspective, as I used to struggle with in the past.

Have a go and see how you get on.”

Jane is a member of the Gadsby’s team. She has a wide knowledge of the arts & crafts products and materials sold by Gadsby’s both from the perspective of an advisor in the shop and, for many of the products, from personal use too.

Please note that this is not a service that Gadsbys offer to clients – just an example of the private work done by one of the highly skilled and knowledgable Gadsby’s team shown for your interest.

 

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