A sketch a day? Probably not, especially since I’ve already missed a day and, yes, I know it’s only the third day of the year. I assiduously avoid resolutions at this time of year anyway. Still, I try to draw something by hand as frequently as I can manage.
The sketchbook is great medicine when the practicalities of delivering a building threaten to overwhelm the romance. Being a big time architect working on big time projects means that I spend a LOT of time reviewing specifications, preparing budgets, checking pay applications, and corresponding with clients, contractors and government officials. In short, I often spend more time managing than I do designing.
I started keeping a sketchbook in college where it was mandatory in the first years of architecture school. I’ve kept up the practice but over the years it’s morphed into more of a journal than a visual record. Just a few thoughts or notes punctuated by quick drawings of whatever I happen to be thinking about. Over the coming year I’ll try to post a few images from time to time.
The drawing above is an imaginary house for my sister-in-law… with a side-wheel motor sail yacht floating above it. Next time I promise a real scan and not a cellphone pic.