• What Is Architectural Perspective, and How Do I Use It in Drawing?
    Architecture & Space

    What Is Architectural Perspective, and How Do I Use It in Drawing?

    Discover the importance of perspective in architectural drawing when designing a space from scratch The word “perspective” comes from the Latin word perspicere, which means "to see through". This definition already provides some clues that will help us to grasp one of the most important concepts in architecture. Perspective in architectural drawing is the representation of three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional (flat) surface. This recreates the position of the observer relative to the object and shows the depth of the objects. To get our heads around this concept, we look back on the origins and development of the theory, as well as its influence on other artistic disciplines, such as painting. At the end of this post, there will be the opportunity to learn about three types of architectural perspective and put them into practice by following some simple exercises.

  • Best Cameras For Starting Out in Architectural Photography

    Best Cameras For Starting Out in Architectural Photography

    What cameras and lenses do you need to take quality images of houses, buildings, other and structures? The focus of architectural photography is to show the shapes and spaces of different structures. Its objective is to beautifully capture the designs through quality images, and as a specialty, it has unique characteristics. If you are interested in architectural photography, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the tools you’ll need for this demanding profession, which requires accuracy and discipline to achieve good results. Photographer Jesús Granada (@jesusgranada), who has been commissioned by over 700 architectural studios and offices to capture their ideas in photo format, shares different equipment options to consider according to your budget and expectations. These are the essential tools you’ll need to get started in architectural photography:

  • 10 Online Digital Architecture Courses to get started in 2021
    Architecture & Space

    10 Online Digital Architecture Courses to get started in 2021

    Professional architects and founders of major studios teach these essential courses Architecture is an old trade–as old as civilization itself–but one that demands constant learning. New CAD programs, new ways to show projects to clients, or visualization techniques are just some of the things you should familiarize yourself with if you want to get started in the world of architecture. With these 10 digital architecture courses, you can learn them from scratch: Introduction to SketchUp, by Alejandro Soriano The first step to mastering digital architecture is to know the secrets of the software tools you will need to advance professionally. SketchUp is one of the most popular ones, without a doubt, and you should learn to use it if you want to design and model all kinds of objects and spaces in 3D quickly and efficiently.

  • 55 Basic Shortcuts to Work With Lumion
    Architecture & Space

    55 Basic Shortcuts to Work With Lumion

    Speed up the creation of animated renders with Lumion thanks to this guide and download a free PDF with the most useful shortcuts A render allows you to anticipate what something will look like and even what a project will feel like in real life. With Lumion, you can bring digital creations to life by inserting them into the real world and with superior visual quality. With these shortcuts, you will make your work process much more efficient and get the most out of this app in the shortest time possible. At the end of this list, you can download all these shortcuts in PDF format.

  • Afrofuturism: How Black Creatives Point to a Brighter Future

    Afrofuturism: How Black Creatives Point to a Brighter Future

    Learn what afrofuturism is and what it shows us about the power of fiction, imagination, and hope Before diving into what afrofuturism is, it’s worth looking at plain old futurism. It might sound like a made up concept from science fiction but that’s sort of the point: any theory about the future has to be built on fiction, as the future hasn’t happened yet. A futurist finds meaning in the future, imagining what might be possible when we get there. In literature, this act is often called speculative fiction. But futurism can be applied to a multitude of disciplines, from architecture to legislation. By using the future as a starting point, futurists can establish ideal worlds, ideas, and creations that incorporate their beliefs, prompting us to look at what might be possible, and what needs to be done to get there.

  • Free Step-By-Step Guide to Perspective Drawing

    Free Step-By-Step Guide to Perspective Drawing

    Architect and illustrator Héctor López shares a useful guide to understand the technique for drawing architectural objects and perspective In drawing, perspective is used to represent spatial depth. It is a way of looking at three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional plane or surface. This representation helps us understand the proportions and depths of the elements we are drawing and is extremely useful to understand the shape of an object. Both architects and illustrators know perfectly the power of perspective: it creates depth through drawing and therefore realism.

  • Essential Shortcuts for Mastering AutoCAD
    Architecture & Space

    Essential Shortcuts for Mastering AutoCAD

    Improve your workflow in AutoCAD with these incredibly useful shortcuts AutoCAD is a program that was originally built for the creation of technical drawings of industrial parts in two dimensions (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) models. This software has become so useful and practical that professionals working in the fields of architecture, urban planning, engineering, and construction use it on a daily basis to create inspiring and transformative projects. To help those of you using AutoCAD every day to improve your workflow, we have compiled a list of useful shortcuts. Check it out below: Note: For Windows use Ctrl, for Mac use Command.

  • Choosing Colors and Materials for an Interior Design Project
    Architecture & Space

    Choosing Colors and Materials for an Interior Design Project

    STUDIOLAV talk choosing colors and materials when designing a space For Loukas Angelou and Vasso Asfi, interior design has the power to boost a person's mood, get their creative juices flowing, and improve their wellbeing. This design duo focuses on creating meaningful emotional connections between people, objects, and their surroundings. Founders of the interior design studio STUDIOLAV (@studiolav), Loukas and Vasso have had their work exhibited in museums such as the Royal Academy of Arts in London and MUDEC in Milan. Their projects have been recognized by Elle Decoration Design Awards and the European Product Design Awards. In this blog post, Vasso talks us through the duo’s process for choosing colors and materials for an interior design project and shares some of her top tips.

  • 5 Free Classes on Decoration and Interior Design That You Should Try
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    5 Free Classes on Decoration and Interior Design That You Should Try

    Get started in interior design and decoration with these 5 experts and renovate any space Decoration and interior design are two creative disciplines that will allow you to reflect your own style (or that of your client) in any space. Discover basic tips and put them into practice to create spectacular projects. To watch each class, just click on its red title. Enjoy!

  • What is Architectural Illustration?

    What is Architectural Illustration?

    Discover more about this specialized branch of illustration Architect and architectural illustrator Héctor López (@_thearchitector) says that “architectural illustration is the visual representation of an object that can be as small as a construction detail or as big as an entire building or block of buildings.” Humans have created visual representations of architectural objects for thousands of years. According to Héctor, the earliest known example of an architectural plan dates back to 2200 BC. It’s part of a statue of Gudea, who ruled the state of Lagash in Southern Mesopotamia c. 2144–2124 BC. The statue, titled “Architect with a Plan,” features Gudea sitting with a tablet on his lap, which shows the floor plan of a temple. During and following the Roman Empire, more and more examples of architectural illustration that were more fitting with the discipline we know today began to appear.

  • Interior Designers React to Regular Homes

    Interior Designers React to Regular Homes

    Founders of interior design studio STUDIOLAV Loukas Angelou and Vasso Asfi react to the homes of members of the Domestika community Professional interior design can often seem like an unaffordable luxury. However, a few simple changes can dramatically improve the look and feel of a room. Loukas Angelou and Vasso Asfi, founders of international interior design studio STUDIOLAV, have had their work exhibited at London’s Royal Academy of Arts but their talents can also be applied to a regular home. We asked them to take a look at the homes of a few members of the Domestika community and to share a few simple tips on how to improve them.

  • What is SketchUp?
    Architecture & Space

    What is SketchUp?

    Learn how to use SketchUp–a program for architects and interior designers–and discover what it’s for with Alexandra Proaño SketchUp is a 3D modeling program, which is mainly used in the fields of architecture and interior design. However, it also has many other uses. Alexandra Proaño (@alexandra_proano), an architect and 3D artist specializing in architectural rendering or visualization, talks us through using SketchUp and explains its main uses. Discover more in the following video:

  •  Urban Sketching Tutorial: Using Different Perspective Techniques

    Urban Sketching Tutorial: Using Different Perspective Techniques

    Learn different ways of representing perspective, from classic to curvilinear, in your urban sketches with Lapin Perspective is how you see the world, and also how you represent it. Since the Renaissance, linear perspective has been a popular formula in art, but it’s not the only option. Using different types of perspectives can add personality to your work, create room for more details, and help capture your unique viewpoint. In this tutorial, urban sketcher Lapin (@lapinbarcelona) explains different methods of representing perspective and how each one will shape your illustration. He also talks about why it’s important to practice observing how things look, rather than how we think they should look, and how this skill adds a new perspective and depth to urban sketches.

  • Free Download: Perspective Guide for Urban Sketching

    Free Download: Perspective Guide for Urban Sketching

    Download Lapin's perspective guide to add soul and personality to your urban sketches One of the advantages of urban sketching is that it allows us to represent the reality of a city, but from our own perspective. Unlike what we would achieve with a camera, we have the possibility of instilling soul by adding details that would otherwise go unnoticed. In this case, perspective also plays in our favor: we can create a realistic illustration that fits everything we see including angles a camera could never capture.

  • Domestika Diary: Alex Hillkurtz

    Domestika Diary: Alex Hillkurtz

    Alex Hillkurtz, a storyboard artist fascinated by urban watercolor, shows us his personal vision of Madrid When it comes to the art of urban watercolor, there’s a magical mix of two elements: the unique vision of the illustrator who executes it, ensuring that no two watercolors are ever the same, and the personality of the buildings, people, and streets of the city that they’re capturing. This combination makes urban watercolor a fleeting reflection of the observer’s senses and an ever-changing environment, its results defined by the viewpoint of the artist and the location that they are seeking to capture. Few have a viewpoint as unique as that of Alex Hillkurtz. A storyboard artist with a passion for urban watercolor, he has an innate talent for reinterpreting the cities he visits through striking splashes of color and fascinating perspectives. Because of this, we jumped at the chance to accompany him during one of his drawing sessions set in the streets of Madrid. Find out more in the following Domestika Diary:

  • How to Capture a City's Personality

    How to Capture a City's Personality

    Architect and artist Carlos Stanga teaches how to find the soul of a city for your illustrations Architectural illustration can provide a unique connection to urban space. It's a way to capture a moment or a building in time and to express creatively how a place makes you feel. Artist and architect Carlo Stanga (@carlo_stanga) has done precisely that with the streets of Milan, London, or New York, to name a few, and has some tips you can follow to capture the soul of cityscapes in your illustrations.

  • Architectural Illustration Tutorial: How to Add Shadows in Photoshop

    Architectural Illustration Tutorial: How to Add Shadows in Photoshop

    Learn how to add shadows to an architectural illustration, and why they’re so important, with Carlo Stanga There are a million tiny details that set different cities apart, but one important one that we often forget about is their light. The warmth of Mediterranean sunlight, or the cool evening of a colder climate helps to create an atmosphere that makes each location unique. Even the same city can look radically different depending on the season or time of day. The importance of adding shadows to your architectural illustration goes beyond making your image look three-dimensional, says award-winning Italian illustrator Carlo Stanga (@carlo_stanga). By playing with light, we can better define the elements, materials, and shapes that compose a scene, adding personality and context. In this tutorial, Carlo demonstrates how we can use Adobe Photoshop to create shadows in an architectural illustration that are both realistic and whimsical, illustrating not just a place but also an atmosphere.

  • Architectural Drawing Tutorial: How to Make a Good Composition

    Architectural Drawing Tutorial: How to Make a Good Composition

    Alex Hillkurtz shares how to create a composition with depth using architectural illustration Composition is the foundation of all illustration, especially architectural sketches. That's why we should pay attention to how we place our elements in space before drawing them. In this tutorial, storyboard artist Alex Hillkurtz (@alexhillkurtzart) explains how to use two techniques give compositions dynamism and lift sketches to another level. Get your pencil and paper, and let's go!

  • What Is Landscaping?
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    What Is Landscaping?

    Learn the fundamentals of this branch of landscape architecture Few (if any) of the greatest architectural spaces around the world would be able to fill onlookers with such awe if it weren’t for landscaping. Think about beautiful parks filled with monuments; relaxing gardens filled with fountains; or university campuses and their ideal spots for studying: all of these examples feature design elements that fall under the umbrella of landscaping. A branch of landscape architecture, landscaping’s main aim is to find perfect harmony between human-made constructions and their natural surroundings using an extensive design process. It covers a range of disciplines including architecture, science, art, ecology, law, historic preservation, horticulture, and urbanism.

  • DIY Tutorial: How to Design Your Own Desk

    DIY Tutorial: How to Design Your Own Desk

    Learn to sketch a DIY furniture design freehand to make the perfect workspace with Gema Casada Olea, founder of El Tarro de Ideas A workspace that let's us work comfortably is essential to letting our talents and creativity flow. An inadequate desk or seat, bad lighting, or cramped space is sometimes unavoidable but making an effort to improve this will help us be more efficient. Gema Casado Olea, founder and director of DIY agency El Tarro de Ideas (@eltarrodeideas), is an expert in the design and creation of homemade workspaces that adapt to the necessities of each and every creative. She runs us through the sketch and configuration process for creating a personalised desk from zero in the video below:

  • 12 architecture photographers from the Art of Building competition

    12 architecture photographers from the Art of Building competition

    Meet the winners and finalists of this international digital photography competition The Chartered Institute of Building created an annual architectural photography contest to recognize digital photographers from around the world. This union of the art of imagery with built spaces allows us to be amazed by the beauty of constructions, as if we were right in front of them. Get to know the finalists and winners of the tenth edition of this competition, which attracted photographers from over 100 countries. Each photographer explains their results, and the inspiration behind their images.

  • What is Visual Merchandising and Window Dressing?

    What is Visual Merchandising and Window Dressing?

    Learn about the history of window dressing and how it can be used to make a brand stand out. Window shopping is a fusion of lots of different disciplines: art direction, crafts, architecture, sculpture, installation, and, of course, design. They are all strategies which are used to draw potential customers into a shop. It’s how the shop communicates with the consumer. Window shopping is directly linked to visual merchandising – a marketing and design strategy for displaying products and services in a way that is logical and attractive (both inside the shop and in the display windows) to create a great shopping experience and boost sales. Founders and directors of Kiosco Creativo, Carla and Laura, are experts in window dressing. They have created more than 20 window displays for Hermès, Swarovski, and Disney. Here they answer four key questions that will help you to better understand visual merchandising and window dressing: