Link: Archispeak 22 - Sketch Book Mechanics by Evan Troxel

Japanese Gardens at the Huntington in Pasadena, CA.

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Lefty or righty, we've got you covered in the latest episode of the Archispeak podcast where we go deep into the nerdy world of the tools we use while sketching. These analog devices (and some digital ones too) partially define us (or in Cormac's case wholly define us), and it's fun to talk about why we use what we use when we're sketching - pencils, lead holders, pens, markers, sketch books, trace paper and more. 

James Bedell over at the Lighting Guy blog was inspired to post his thoughts that were spurred on when listening. I encourage you to do the same and share them with us.

Link: Architectural Sketches by Evan Troxel

There's a great post on LoaA today on architectural sketches. I totally agree with Bob, and I think this particular type of communication is starting to fade away as computers are taking over. It seems to me though that sketches can convey ideas so quickly that people forget how awesome the process really is. I think people think they have to draw on the computer. Not so! 

The architectural profession needs you to sketch, it’s something that is romantically intrinsic to our profession and we shouldn’t lose it.
— Bob Borson

There are some people that I watch while they sketch and it feels like hearing nails on a chalkboard. It sounds horrible but you know what I mean. We call it chicken scratch for a reason. If that's how you feel about your sketching, there's an easy fix: just do it more. Get yourself a sketchbook and a nice pen. Get into the ritual of it, but don't pressure yourself. It's more about working things out than about creating art. It's about the process, not the final product. There's something very therapeutic about it. I guess that's why I'm always so entranced watching Buddist monks do Zen calligraphy. It soothes the soul and gets you closer to Zen.

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Apple has named 'Paper' iPad App of the Year by Evan Troxel

Apple has named Paper iPad App of the Year. We’re incredibly honored (and a few of us on the team are still scraping our jaws off the floor). We’re lucky to spend our days working on something we love and believe in, and to see creators around the world using Paper to achieve goals of their own.

I have a metric truck-full of drawing apps on my iPad, and I absolutely love Paper. It's the main one I keep coming back to because of the natural brushes and drawing tools it emulates are beautiful to look at. I'm no digital painting expert, but as long as it makes the creation of drawings on the iPad fun, I'll continue to use it.

The app itself is free and has a bunch on in-app purchases to add on the other tools. All-in, I think it set me back about $10, which if you think about it, is cheap. Yes, I said cheap you cheap-o free or 99 cent-spending-limit app buyer!

Here's a concept sketch I made of my wedding invitation earlier this year when I first started using Paper:

Zion topographic wedding invitation concept