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A Sketch is

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.. a rapidly executed freehand drawing that is not usually intended as a finished work. A sketch may serve a number of purposes: it might record something that the artist sees, it might record or develop an idea for later use or it might be used as a quick way of graphically demonstrating an image, idea or principle.

Architectural sketching is becoming a thing of the past – at least that’s how it seems to me now when I see my Office Interns today .What it does mean is that we learned how to think and communicate our ideas using two pens, the Sharpie Permanent Marker – ‘Ultra Fine Point‘ for my thin lines and the ‘Fine Point‘ for my profile (heavy) lines; used a 12″ wide x 50 yard long roll of trace paper, and an architectural scale (which is used to measure out dimensions as I sketch and I use the edge to tear the trace paper off the roll). On occasion, I will use an Alvin 10″ Parallel Glider but normally only when I am sketching out dimension ed floor plan concepts which I feel today a slightly different manner from the students graduating from modern-day architecture or interior programs. Now that I’ve been at this “interior or architect” thing for a little while, I can look at my sketches, all the way back to my time in school, and see how my sketch technique has evolved and how that technique has shaped my architectural solutions.

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