Hand drawing. Drafting. Thinking. Crafting. Making
In todays age of Netflix building and renovation shows we have become divorced from what projects truly take. The art in the process of what gets accomplished is lost. Instead, we are obsessed with the result. The finish line seems much more immediate than the reality.
My process of hand drafting provides a break. A calm before the storm. A moment of quiet. A moment of crafting. It’s a time I use to draw myself in to the work. Not only do I enjoy this time but it’s incredibly cost efficient and effective for my clients.
With the advent of BIM technology and my use of that technology, jumping to the computer right away is ineffective, stunting and even dangerous. My clients deserve better than this. They deserve art on their way toward that dream renovation or new building.
I take hand drafting one step further. After the rulered lines are all constructed I draw free hand. This pushes me to consider each mark. What is it communicating? I create and opportunity to step back from the fine rulered lines and let my hand connect into the work.
Not only is this process incredibly rewarding but it allows me the time to craft a proper response to my clients years of thinking. One has to remember that prior to someone approaching a designer or architect they have thought. And thought. And thought. Hand drafting is the answer to capturing that care and energy. It’s my job now as a designer to distill that and give it the emotion and potential to be built.