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Introduction to Freehand Architectural Design

A course by Héctor López
Architect and Draftsman. Ciudad de México, Mexico.
On Domestika since 12/09/2018
, Architect and Draftsman

Learn how to illustrate a custom architectural space with layouts, perspectives, and human scale

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (140)
  • 5553 students
Introduction to Freehand Architectural Design

Learn how to illustrate a custom architectural space with layouts, perspectives, and human scale

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (140)
  • 5553 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 Lessons (2h 1m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
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Drawings are a means of communication that can solve many problems when it comes to representing an architectural space and its elements. For Héctor López, an architect and drawing expert with over ten years of experience, the fountain pen and paper are his most precious tools when depicting architectural projects.

Learn how to hand-draw an entire architectural design with this course. See basic graphical representation concepts and different observational techniques, as well as how to create custom atmospheres in the space you draw. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to create an architectural space that includes drawings of the floor plan, sections, facade, with different perspectives.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Presentation
  • U2
    U2. Drawing architecture
  • U3
    U3. Why is it important to graph a space?
  • U4
    U4. A space for me
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Get to know Héctor López, his professional journey as an architect, why he specialized in drawing, and his main influences.

In the second unit, learn the history of architectural drawing and its different uses throughout time, from sketching to artistic representation. Then, see the materials you are going to use and their characteristics.

Understand the importance of graphically representing a space with accuracy. Try out some observational techniques and learn how to introduce the idea of space in your projects. See how to create a floor plan and get to know the different types of planes and cross-sections.

Héctor teaches you what a facade is, how to draw it using textures, and how to use a vanishing point to achieve architectural perspective.

In the final unit, create a space with customized elements and measurements. Using the techniques learned in the previous units, organize your ideas in a storyboard and draw all the elements needed to complement your space. To conclude, add details like texture and color to your final drawing.

What is this course's project?

Create an architectural composition that includes views of the floor plan, sections, and facades, from different perspectives.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

For students or professional architects, especially those interested in drawing architectural projects by hand.

What you need

No previous knowledge is required to take this course.

As for materials, you will need a drawing pad, quills or fineliners, and stylographs, an architect’s scale, a ruler, and a set square.


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Héctor López

A course by Héctor López

Architect and Draftsman

Héctor López is a graduate of UNAM, Mexico, who found his true calling in the art of freehand drawing for architectural design projects, after working for architectural firms.

From architectural drawings to botanical illustrations, from small notebooks to big murals, Héctor has learned to live through his own drawings, artistically delineating his professional journey as a creative.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Drawing architecture

    • What is architectural drawing?
    • What do we use architectural drawing for?
    • materials
  • U3

    Why is it important to graph a space?

    • Observation and spatiality
    • Architectural plan: see the architecture from above
    • Architectural cut: see through walls
    • Architectural facade: the face of architecture
    • Architectural perspective, what is that?
  • U4

    A space for me

    • My own space 1
    • My own space 2
    • Setting I walk
    • Texture and color
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Introduction to Freehand Architectural Design

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Introduction to Freehand Architectural Design. A Illustration course by Héctor López Best Seller

Introduction to Freehand Architectural Design

A course by Héctor López
Architect and Draftsman. Ciudad de México, Mexico.
On Domestika since 12/09/2018
  • 99% Positive reviews (140)
  • 5553 students