Identify examples of street art on the walls near you. If you live in a rural community this might be a problem as street art tends to be largely an urban phenomenon. If necessary, pick some examples from the references below or through your own research.
Write a short commentary about how this work interacts with the environment. How important is the context to understanding what the work is trying to do? Reflect on whether you think a particular piece of graffiti is ‘art’ or just vandalism.
Use your learning log to document your reflections.
Blu: Large-scale illustrations spanning wall pieces, animations and sketchbook work
Lucy McLauchlan: Contemporary artist working on large-scale illustrative pieces
Street Art in Lisbon
Crono Project: Large-scale street art project in Lisbon
Wooster Collective Celebrating street art
Banksy: Stencils and other interventions
Slinkachu: The Little People Project
Invader: Space invader-inspired mosaics
Jorge Rodriguez Gerada: Large-scale drawings
Ben Eine: Large-scale typography
Ericailcane: Large-scale illustrative work
JR: Giant photography pieces
Camilla Watson: Photography printed onto walls
Bast: Street collage and posters
Knitta: Documenting guerilla knitting around the
Edgar Mueller: 3D pavement chalk drawings
Sam3: Large-scale murals
Scrawl Collective: A network of grafitti and street artists
working on paper
Street Art Utopia: A blog documenting street art from around
Gavin, Francesca (2007) Street Renegades: New Underground Art
London: Laurence King.
Street art covered by The Guardian
Architecture as a discipline uses drawing as a way to describe buildings and structures. Architectural illustrators are employed by architects, heritage centres and property-based businesses. Illustration can do important things that photography cannot, and is used in two main ways:
Illustrators need to have an eye for detail, understand proportion and perspective, have good observational skills and a drawing style that can convey complex structures. However not all architectural illustration is technical and dry.
Different architectural illustrators approach the task of documenting visual space and the built environment in different ways. They differ in choice of drawing approach, and how the perspective and materials used relates to the architecture itself:
They may produce very different effects supporting or contradicting the ideas underlying the buildings, for example:
The Society of Architectural Illustrators
Represents ‘professionals who bring architecture to life’. Their illustrators / SAI members A–Z section shows a wide range of different approaches.
A group of architects influenced by avant-garde art movements who playfully challenged assumptions about modern architecture. All of their work was presented as proposals, through drawings and collage. A very different approach to representing and visualising architecture through drawing.
The Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA)
Has a series of online workshops, videos and other resources exploring architectural history, drawing and design. Useful to gain a broader perspective on architectural ideas.
Michael Blower archive
Examples of British architect Michael Blower’s sketchbooks are available via the website:
Top of the list of Google Search for Architectural Illustration are companies doing photorealistic 3D and CGI imaging, some with animation. This is a very specialised field requiring a high level of 3D Digital skill – not something I could aspire to.
Some of this merges into street/travel illustration.
He sets up perspective views on a drawing board in the traditional way and uses a range of stencils for ellipses and curves, working with pencils, brushes and paint. His watercolour images are usually more detailed and accurate than his acrylic paintings. He spends more time doing the drawing than the painting. He also paints in oils en plein air – he likes to work fast with the changing light.
Lucia often brings together lots of photographic references and creates a preliminary collage as well as doing some sketches. Her actual illustrations are created on paper using ink, watercolour, pastels, pens or acrylic – though not necessarily all together. However she does use Photoshop to tweak and perfect a piece. Also fashion.
Clean with some Photorealism. Hand-drawn imagery and coloured digitally. Sometimes he combines drawn print designs with digital elements to build up an image. Sometimes, he’ll also draw his map designs using vector graphics.
more stylised influenced by Pop Art. Drawn with pen and ink then scanned and coloured in Photoshop.
She works from a graphite or pen drawing, sometimes with a subtle watercolour background. This is scanned in and coloured digitally using Photoshop’s brushes or flat colours.
Uses different compositions, and bold colors in a limited palette, often creating patterns. Most of her work is done using Photoshop and Illustrator, but she also combines hand-made textures, screenprinting and collage work. Also does Fashion.
Tobias creates little worlds in bringing together digital and traditional techniques. He draws designs by hand and finishes them in 3D with the computer.
For basic figure drawing see: Figure Sketching
I realily like the very basic stylised figures here. An architectural illustrator.
This is a very basic stylised video, showing use of eyeline and basic principles of capturing people in a scene. I like the variation between ink outline, then others started in wash.
Teoh’s tips for sketching people on location – contour drawing and don’t keep moving your head up and down.
This one is just inking in already drawn people. But I like the style.
Realitime videos by Meridel L. Abrams following of how she copes with the various challenges of sketching on location.The first is very rapid sketching of shoppers in a parking lot. The second more stationary outside a restaurant. Both done from a car.
Teo Yi Chie
based in Singapore
source Wikipedia and Google images
Laurence Stephen Lowry (1 November 1887 – 23 February 1976) is famous for painting scenes of life in the industrial districts of North West England in the mid-20th century. Many of his drawings and paintings depict Pendlebury, Lancashire, where he lived and worked for more than 40 years, and also Salford and its surrounding areas.
He developed a distinctive style of painting urban landscapes peopled with human figures often referred to as “matchstick men”. He painted mysterious unpopulated landscapes, brooding portraits and the unpublished “marionette” works, which were only found after his death.