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Freehand Drawing and Discovery : Urban Sketching and Concept Drawing for Designers,9781118232101
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Freehand Drawing and Discovery : Urban Sketching and Concept Drawing for Designers



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Designed to help architects, planners, and landscape architects use freehand sketching to quickly and creatively generate design concepts, Freehand Drawing and Discovery uses an array of cross-disciplinary examples to help readers develop their drawing skills. Taking a "both/and" approach, this book provides step-by-step guidance on drawing tools and techniques and offers practical suggestions on how to use these skills in conjunction with digital tools on real-world projects. Illustrated with nearly 300 full color drawings, the book includes a series of video demonstrations that reinforces the sketching techniques.

Author Biography

JAMES RICHARDS, FASLA, is cofounder and Principal of Townscape, Inc., an urban design consultancy, and an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington's School of Architecture. He is a national award-winning designer, writer, and illustrator whose work spans landscape architecture, town planning, and urban design. Mr. Richards is a blog correspondent for Urban Sketchers (, an international drawing movement. He travels globally conducting drawing workshops for both students and professionals.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Francis D.K. Ching



Part 1: Learning a Language

Chapter One: The Freehand Renaissance


Art and Technology

Reintegrating Work and Play

Drawing and Discovery with Michael Vergason

Chapter Two: Nine Keys to Exploratory Drawing

Simplify tools

Simplify message

Work small

Simplify technique

Attack the drawing

Draw people first

Pull it together with darks

Leave it loose

Annotate everything

Drawing and Discovery with Kevin Sloan

Chapter Three: Elements and Entourage



Trees, Shrubs, Groundcovers

Rock and Landforms





Drawing and Discovery with Christine Ten Eyck

Chapter 4: Creating Believable Worlds

Perspective: What you really need to know

Creating Depth: Foreground, Middle Ground, Background

Building Up Color

Pulling It Together

Drawing and Discovery with Luis Ruiz

Part 2: Urban Sketching

Chapter Five: Urban Sketching as Creative Fuel

Drawing and Discovery with Gabriel Campanario

Chapter Six: Capturing the Place


Subject Matter


To Color or not to Color?

Working Fast

Drawing and Discovery with Liz Steel

Part 3: Concept Sketching

Chapter 7: Capturing the Idea

Sketching Over Digital Bases

Concepts and Character

Drawing and Discovery with Kim Perry

Chapter 8: Tablet Sketching-- Drawing Without Limits

The Vision

The Reality

Tablet Sketching Gallery

Drawing and Discovery with Robert Chipman, ASLA

Chapter 9: What?s Next?




Keep the Well Filled

Drawing and Discovery with Bob Hopewell


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