Let’s talk about non-architectural sketches.
Yes I love architects’ sketches, we have the same unique way of hand-drawing, within our same flock, with variations obviously, but always discernible.
But I also love sketches from other designers, from illustrators, artists, graphic designers, fashion designers, product designers. Sometimes their sketches could seem so effortless – simple lines with some pencil strokes and a splash of ink for background, so uncomplicated yet so appealing.
I wish I could also draw like them.
I have two friends who are both architects. Never really seen their works though, but I am sure they are good. They have a daughter, she is maybe six or seven, and she is a genius artist. Her children sketches, are amazing. Her father draws and paints well too so I guess that must be in the genes.
I wish I can sketch like her too!
Today, with smart phones, their high-resolution in-built cameras, and photo filters apps, everyone is capable of taking more or less good photos, as long as they have an eye for composition. As it is today, millions of photos are circulating online, perhaps a little too carried away.
Sketching, in my opinion, however, requires more observation and imagination. If you are not born with sketching genes, I supposed this skill could still be acquired and learnt. But the eye for seeing, what you want to capture in your drawings and how you perceive or define it to be, is an art.
I guess that is why good sketches intrigue me so much, especially those that have added imagination of the real thing.
How do you sketch emotions? How do you capture the affection the anger the joy and the grief the sympathy in one single simple lines sketch? They never cease to surprise me. How clever and compelling some people may be!
Sometimes I fall into black holes of searching quest, in pursue of amazing illustrators with unique point of views. The more you find, the more you tend to discover, and it keeps going.
These works above represent those who uses simple line drawings to express emotions, to capture the moment, and turning something evanescent to something palpable, in their very own ways.