The architects and artists whose works have been included in this treatise belong to countries like India, Italy, Kenya, Peru, and the United States of America. They represent about four generations of illustrators – the eldest one was born in 1910 and the youngest one in 1995 born. This range covers a period of almost a century and thus is witness to the many styles and changing trends in architectural renderings. The drawings featured in this book are sufficient to inspire young minds to adopt, adapt and continue the trend of hand-drawn perspectives, sketches, and paintings. These drawings are grouped into the following four Sections:
Graphic Section-1: PERSPECTIVES (224 drawings)
Graphic Section-2: SKETCHES (108 drawings)
Graphic Section-3: ISOMETRICS and AXONOMETRICS (34 drawings)
Graphic Section-4: PAINTINGS and POSTERS (46 drawings)
The idea of curating a book on hand-drawn perspectives and sketches especially in this computer era may seem crazy/outdated to many readers in the first instance. When Sarbjit Bahga started working on this self-assignment in mid-2020, many of his friends asked him questions like, “How come this idea? What is the relevance of such a book in today’s digital world?”. Bahga explained, “One day I was glancing through my old drawings prepared more than three decades ago. During the process, I stumbled upon some of my hand-drawn perspectives, in the form of drawings, which caught my fancy and thus I clicked photographs of some of these. I shared them with my friends on social media and to my surprise, these posts stirred the emotions of many architects and artist friends. Some of them suggested preserving such a treasure in a book form for posterity.”
Bahga further added, “Inspired by their suggestion, I approached several architects/artists whom I thought are good at this art of making perspectives/sketches. Many of them responded favorably, searched their archival records, and contributed many valuable drawings. This way it became my responsibility to curate and compile these drawings in the form of a befitting treatise.”
The book was conceived of and is presented as a reference book for the use of architects, artists, painters, sketchers, sculptors, and students of these related disciplines. It is hoped that this book will enable them to have an overview of different styles of architectural renderings in the20th Century and to draw inspiration to continue this art in today’s digital world.
The book, published by White Falcon Publishing, is available for sale worldwide.
The curator Sarbjit Bahga (b. 1957) is an architect, urbanist, author, and photo artist. He is Principal Architect of Bahga Design Studio LLP, which is a Chandigarh-based Architecture + Urban Design firm. Earlier, Bahga had worked in the Punjab State’s Department of Architecture, Punjab Health Systems Corporation, and Punjab Mandi Board in various positions.
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