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Getting Started

Welcome to ‘Advanced Drawing And Design’!

This course will teach you how to draw like an architect from zero to advanced in architectural freehand and technical drawing.

If you already know how to draw, this will be the ideal refresher course to help you take all your abilities to the next level.

Note: This course, although taking you from zero is what I would refer to as ‘Advanced’, meaning that there is a certain intellectual standard behind every lesson and I am sure you will enjoy every moment of it! It is the most powerful training I have created and it will change the way you see architecture graphics, design and the world!

Mission statement

Each lesson will offer you a fun, insightful and paradigm-shifting learning experience so treat every new lesson as an opportunity to get better even if you At first glance the lesson seems like too much to handle.

There is no ‘secret sauce’, no secret formula or trick to getting better at arch drawing and design.

The one things that ‘really works’ is you going through this set pattern of learning experiences with a fresh, ‘starting from zero’ approach.

You are literally as good as your last drawing.

– While following a sequence of lessons you will get new and new abilities, your mind, skills and emotions will become more attuned so you evolve and new skills appear

– I encourage you to grow and develop yourself past the 1000 hour mark in drawing and design, this way n

– You will gain acces to each lesson on your account as you progress. The point isn’t  that you just go through the material, like have 20 gbs of lessons on your hard drive, but to

The lesson plan is divided in 3 parts which we will cover lesson by lesson.

In 99% of cases we will have a freehand and technical drawing lesson interlaced.

So you got a freehand drawing lesson, then a technical drawing lesson, then another freehand one, then another technical one.

This way you ballance both skill sets…

And as you can probably tell you can’t have one without the other…

And most importantly the two bleed onto each other: so if you get better at freehand drawing, then your technical drawing will improve and so on and so forth.

Take Physical Notes For All Lessons

Although these are online lessons which are highly tailored to your learning curve, you will need to physically take notes.

Let me explain…

You got on average 12+ years of already programmed habit of learning by taking notes thanks to the school system… so why not put that to your advantage?

There is really no point into wasting all this latent potential of ready-made learning mechanisms… and let us not forget the saying ‘the shortest pencil is better than the longest memory’.

Take notes throughout the lessons.

I also recommend that you get a study journal where you can document your progress with drawing.

The Drawing Tools You Need To Start Drawing

Here is a video of the drawing tools you need to start drawing.

I go in depth to why you need each of these drawing tools, as well as couple of tips and hacks to get the most out of each drawing tool.

The tools you need are:

– triangles – both 60/30 degree and 45 degree

– T bar

– drawing board

– 2B pencils

– erasers (I cover two types used for different elements)

– colored crayons

– liner

– compass

– corrector pen

– simple markers

– colored crayons

What Do You Want To Learn

Lastly, we will do a short exercise on imagining.

We conciously need to use our mind to imagine the things we want to create and then start creating them… slowly materialising step by step.

So I want you to whip out a blank A4 sheet of paper and make a list of ten things you want to learn from this course.

Simple as that: 1. 2. 3. 4. etc

I want you to write them with a copious amount of detailing –

‘I want to learn how to draw a house that looks like an architect designed it’.

‘I want to learn how to hatch etc’.

Take your time with this and write the list all the way through. Once you are done proceed to fold the paper 3-4 times and then write down the date at which you made this list.

We will be looking at this list exactly thirty days from now to examine what changed.

All good? Ok, the first lesson beginns in 3… 2… 1… (click on the next lesson button on the righthand side of the page)

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Training Information

Difficulty: Complete Newbie

Video Time: 18:49

Lesson Objectives:
– Learn the basic tools you need to start architectural drawing.
– Set some personal objectives of what do you want to learn from this course.
– ‘Break the ice’ and get ready for the first lesson on freehand sketching.



  • Get all the drawing tools as these will be your trusty companions for years and years and you will create hundreds of drawings using them
  • Accept that part of the arch drawing learning process is not linear and does not really make literal sense. When this happens, learn to go with the flow of the exercise

Common Mistakes To Avoid


  • You will want to start hand picking the drawing tools. No, bad idea – get all of them and you will have a lot of second guessing yourself when writing what you want to learn. Just go for the gut instinct, whatever comes is good enough to note down

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