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    do need a architectural degree to be able to draw something like this ?

    Hi everyone

    Heres the link to the image that im referring to
    http://takmaj.deviantart.com/art/Roma-114557320


    Recently, i came across this picture on the net and i have been greatly inspired by it . i want to be able to draw like this in the future .It looks super detailed .Judging by the incomplete part of the drawing it looks as if a lot of architectural knowledge was involved in its creation .Well im a super rookie so correct me if im wrong .but you cant deny the fact that it has a lot of precision involved.
    I want to know whether only those with an architectural background/degree can draw Gothic architecture like this one here .Or is it possible even for a person who has no such background/degree but has spent a lot of time and effort into perfecting this kind of drawing using the principles taught to us in books like perspective and stuff i.e through self study? Because that is what i plan on doing. I really would appreciate any opinion on my decision.

    oh...and here are the two books that i considered referring they are called....
    Norling_-_Perspective_Made_Easy
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    Gwen White - Perspective - A Guide for Artists, Architects and Designers
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    Why not just get some reference photos and have a go?
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    No. And that's not gothic architecture.

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    Seriously. Get crackin', padawan. Sop telling us about what you're thinking of doing, what you want to do, or asking how to do it. Square one is to actually draw. No more post until you have some art to show!
    Seriously.
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    Architecture is the study of building and designing structures that serve a certain purpose and, for example, don't collapse. It's a technical subject. Aesthetics are secondary.
    This is simply a drawing of a building, primarily a challenge in perspective drawing. Since you know of dA this person http://griswaldterrastone.deviantart...llery/26789795 has really good tutorials which essentially document his own studies in perspective drawing. He starts at the very basics and finally constructs more complex buildings, including towers which is quite cool, IMHO! The books are good choices too.
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    The example is a drawing of a building that already exists, so all the artist needed to do was to draw the building that was already in front of them (or a photo of the building...) So no, they didn't need to know anything other than How to Draw.

    If you want to invent your own plausible buildings from imagination, all you really need are basic drawing skills, understanding of perspective, and probably some research and reference depending on what kind of building you want to draw. And all you need for research and reference is an ability to look things up, examine them, and think about them.
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    I have a degree in architecture and the main thing that was taught in architectural history were the principles, orders and chronology / development of styles. Not how to draw these types of buildings. Like the above comments, just start drawing and practice from reference. There are some general rules on proportions and detailing that are useful to know but are easy to find in reference books etc. It looks either Italian Renaissance or neoclassical btw. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoclassical_architecture.
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    Do you also think that you need to be a doctor to draw figures? A mechanic to draw cars? Do you honestly think that every Disney animator who worked on the Lion King had a zoology degree?

    Don't let details overwhelm you. If you can draw one detail correctly you can draw 100, it will just take you longer.
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    Just study gothic architecture if that's what you really want to draw (even if that's not what you provided). Understanding the subject matter helps, but so does the ability to actually put that on paper.

    And yes, read the Norling book. Do understand that it's a book on perspective and the general use of, rather than how to draw buildings exclusively. It's a damn good book to get started, though, considering how much consideration of such goes into drawing pieces like what you linked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kilian1 View Post
    Why not just get some reference photos and have a go?
    why not grab a pencil and a sketchbook/-block of some sorts and just go outside?
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    If your into architecture, monuments, ships and cars check out http://www.urbansketchers.org/ they have a book out too which is inspiring.
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    Not everyone lives near interesting buildings. I assumed he wanted to draw that type of architecture.
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    i will start working on a sketchbook once im done with final exams .Sometime around the end of march .
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