THE POWER OF THE PENCIL: WHY THE SKETCH STILL PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE DESIGN PROCESS
The Power of the Pencil: why the sketch still plays an important role in the design process
Design Director at LSI Architects and a talented watercolour artist who has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Peter Hughes is a passionate advocate of the value of drawing and sketching, alongside digital technology. Here, Peter explains why the sketch still still plays an important role in the design process.
Freehand sketches as a design tool
In the last decade there have been some remarkable developments in digital technology and the exponential curve of development in computer technology over the last 30 years is beyond anything any of us would have imagined possible.
I have always felt that drawing is a way of seeing. Although CAD is wonderful and here to stay, I don’t think it will ever quite replace the immediacy of the sketch as a way of exploring and explaining initial ideas about a project.
When it comes to the initial stages of a project architects prefer the pencil to the mouse. The pencil provides the directness of thought that cannot be replicated with a mouse. The speed of mind to hand, to paper – a process that can also be shared with others.
The pencil is a wonderful tool for creative investigation and cannot be matched in this iterative design process of statement, correction, statement, overlay, statement, correction, overlay etc. This is a non-linear process that requires a commitment to attain the best design solution. A good days work can sometimes be judged by the quantity of worked and reworked detail paper!