As I read about graduate programs for historic preservation, I have noted in the descriptions of some classes’ assignments where you are required to do some drawings of buildings or features by hand. Since then, I have been telling myself that I need to practice sketching so I can become comfortable with it by the time I reach those classes in my journey. Armed with my copy of A Field Guide to American Houses, I have begun this endeavor. I open to a random page, pick a house, and draw.
The Italianate house on the right was the first one and I think it was rather late at night when I thought trying to add brick to the house was a good idea. But as with anything the more I drew the more confident and comfortable I felt, as you can hopefully see the smoother lines in the next image.
The Second Empire house in the middle of the page is my favorite style. This one is not as elaborately decorated as most are in that style but I do enjoy a mansard roof. Next on my list is to get out and do some sketching in the field. I would like to also focus on particular features and not on just the front facade, maybe some fireplaces, windows, and doors.