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Design Drawing - Resources for Skill Development

This guide is for students in architecture, landscape, environmental and design classes. Drawing is one of the many tools designers use to communicate their ideas. The books in this guide are a sampling of a broad range of materials published on design drawing. These are recommended core sources for developing drawing skills. For additional assistance, please consult the Environmental Design Library reference staff, 210 Wurster Hall.

Compiled by Mia Jaeggli.
Content updated: June 2010.

Essential Skills

The following resources are written for architecture students learning the fundamentals of drawing. These books include the basic drawing skills and techniques required for architects to visually communicate ideas within the framework and standards of environmental design.

Technical Drawing for Architecture

The following books are exclusively about technical rendering and the standards that apply.

Color and Ink

Do you wish that you felt more comfortable using color and ink in your drawings? The following books are good guides for getting your feet wet and learning a variety of techniques



Unlike many books on perspective, these thoroughly explain some of the more complex aspects. The explanations are in-depth and the illustrations are technical and detailed.

Landscape Architecture Drawing



The Environmental Design Library has a wide range of How-to and technique books on AutoCAD. The best method of identifying this material is to:

Model Making

Find More Books

Use the Library Catalogs, OskiCat, Melvyl or NextGen Melvyl Pilot. Use keywords or subject headings to search for title, subject, author, or corporate author. Take a drop-in class on how to find books using the Library's catalogs.

When searching the library catalog, the use the following subject terms to find additional books on design drawing:

Architectural Drawing
Architectural Drawing, Technique
Architectural Rendering
Architectural Rendering, Technique

Architectural Models, Handbooks, Manuals, etc.
Color Drawing
Color Drawing, Technique

Communication in Architectural Design
Freehand Technical Sketching
Freehand Technical Sketching, Technique

Landscape Architectural Drawing
Landscape Drawing, Technique

Perspective, Technique

In addition, the best discoveries happen when browsing the shelves. Try looking under the following call number ranges:

Find Articles

The best online resource for articles on drawing technique is ART Full Text. Do a subject or keyword search for drawing technique OR perspective art. Many of the articles retrieved are from the magazine Drawing, published by Interweave Press. These articles offer additional insight on specific drawing techniques.