Architectural illustration helps architects and developers to communicate their ideas and plans using visual representations. A powerful tool that taps into our need to imagine or visualise, architectural illustration, in common with all forms of architectural representation, allows the viewer to see into the future.

Architectural illustration comes in many forms including traditional elevations or plans, perspective drawings, animation, photomontage and artistic representations of interiors.


2D Plans & Elevations

The first step, plans and elevations give solidity and a sense of scale to architectural concepts.

Interior perspectives

Bringing interiors to life with colour, furnishings and light, interior illustrations communicate your building’s style and ethos.

Exterior perspectives

Adding depth and realism to a plan or elevation, perspective work puts your plans in context.

Animation

Giving a true feeling of reality, animations or movies let the viewer enter the scene and explore the environment.


Media

Architectural illustrators use different media to give each representation a unique look and feel depending on the needs of the client, the target audience, the type of structure and its end usage.

Opaque

Opaque

Illustrations created using, typically, gouache, acrylic or oil colour, giving strong solid colours that entirely cover the underlying surface of the canvas.

Watercolour

Watercolour

Illustrations created using watercolour paints to give a more transparent, reflective feel.

Line & Wash

Line & Wash

Line and Wash techniques can provide enhanced outline definition.

Marker, pen & ink

Marker, pen & ink

Using markers, pens and ink to create a colour or black and white image.

Pencil, pastel & graphite

Pencil, pastel & graphite

Often monochrome, these illustrations are created using different types of pastels, carbon, charcoal and graphite pencils.

Digital 3D

Digital 3D

Life-like three-dimensional computer-generated renders created to give a rounded impression of reality.

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