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5-Minute Sketching -- Architecture: Super-Quick Techniques for Amazing Drawings
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Liz Steel
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5-Minute Sketching -- Architecture: Super-Quick Techniques for Amazing Drawings

Liz Steel


Firefly Books

Art & Architecture;
Theory of art;
Drawing & drawings;
Art techniques & principles


128 pages

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Sketching has become very popular. In more than 60 cities around the world, from New Jersey, San Diego, and Montreal to as far as Moscow and Australia, sketch crawls find artists drawing what they see. A new social network has emerged where these sketch artists meet for group crawls and upload and share their work online. Like coloring, sketching taps into a desire to be creative in the bygone way of pencil and paper.

5-Minute Sketching -- Architecture can help artists of all abilities -- but especially novices -- to understand and reproduce real-life perspective in their drawings. The rules of perspective will become instinctive and the artist can focus on the creative: decorative forms, the setting, the mood, the people, and the activity that gives life to architecture.

This book features a comprehensive collection of expert tips, ideas and inspirational examples of amazing 5-minute sketches of architecture. Its bite-sized approach shows how little time is needed to make drawing a part of everyday life.

5-Minute Sketching -- Architecture is an ideal introduction to a rewarding pastime and a new source of inspiration for experienced and lapsed sketchers. It is an important selection in a subject that, together with coloring, has yet to peak.

By:   Liz Steel
Imprint:   Firefly Books
Dimensions:   Height: 221mm,  Width: 168mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   386g
ISBN:   9781770857575
ISBN 10:   1770857575
Series:   5-Minute
Pages:   128
Publication Date:   October 2006
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Liz Steel is an artist, teacher, illustrator and architect based in Sydney, Australia. She has 20 years' experience working on residential and commercial projects, specializing in media. She is a fast but accurate sketch artist with a passion for architecture of any era but especially Baroque buildings. She has combined her architecture training with many years of urban sketching around the world to develop specific strategies for drawing buildings. Liz teaches sketching courses online at and hosts workshops around Australia, where she is the Australia coordinator for the global online community, Urban Sketchers. She is very active on social media, including her popular blog at

(starred review) Steel, a professional architect and avid sketcher of buildings, gets right to the essence of seeing and drawing urban spaces. Her book is structured identically to People, the other currently available title in the series, with four chapters containing short sketching projects made up of quick tips, successful drawings, and brief explanations of techniques. Various types and styles of buildings, both modern and historic, and kinds of locations, both interior and exterior, are covered. The techniques and supplies chapters highlight ways to work minimally and shave time from the process, which can be especially helpful when drawing outdoors. Either on its own or as a companion to its series mate, this guide will be a boon to readers who want to engage creatively with their urban environments.-- (02/02/2017) This is a book you'll want to read more than once. It's a book you'll want to study and apply to your art... This is a book worthy of your time.-- (10/17/2016)

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