How Do You Draw Buildings?
I am often asked how I draw buildings, my answer? The same way I draw anything else. I am not an architect, I draw often by eye only and sometimes using techniques such as gridding. When asked to produce these drawings for Durham Cathedral, I assumed my challenge would be creating a multitude of different perspectives from outside the structure as a whole.
I began looking for inspirational compositions from around Durham in the North East, trying to find views of the incredible building which had not been drawn before (almost impossible). I was then told that I would be focusing on the inside of the building, more specifically the magnificent columns and arches that make Durham Cathedral a wonder to behold.
While researching this project I was given the rare opportunity to take photographs of the inside of Durham Cathedral. I believe I came back with somewhere around 150 images, all inspiring in themselves but with only a few good enough to use. When taking photographs for my Cross Hatched drawings I try to capture images with good tonal scale, by that I mean deep, dark shadows and strong light areas.
Essentially my cross hatching technique involves me only drawing the shadow, the darker the shadow the more hatching goes on. The light areas have less hatching and the really bright areas are left totally blank, this creates the form of the architecture. This is not of course specific to drawing buildings, I use this technique for all my Cross Hatched drawings.
Each drawing for Durham Cathedral will be Time Lapsed and sped up to create a speed drawing, these videos show the process I go through when drawing buildings like this. If you are interested in learning how to cross hatch please take a look at my Cross Hatching Tutorial and watch one of my speed drawing videos. Creating a speed drawing is a very useful way to critique your own work, you will be able to see exactly where you went wrong and pause at any moment to see exactly what worked and what didn’t.
This drawing is the second in a series of drawings for Durham Cathedral, to see my previous drawing take a look at Drawing Durham Cathedral – Inspiration Closer To Home. To follow my progress with this project keep up to date by subscribing via the links to the top right of your screen and if this project inspired you as much as it did me share that inspiration via the links below. To see some fully completed time lapse videos created by Alasdair and Dark Design Graphics visit our Youtube channel.