Lecture 5: The Sketchbook: From Explorer to Guide

Speaker: Richard Alomar (USA)


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When faced with problem solving or creative idea generation, people turn to sketching and sketchbooks as a way to document, map, and explore physical and emotive aspects of space. Sketching as a visual notation practice documents observations of a particular place, event or process in visual form. This practice of observation, mapping and sketching converts the sketcher from an explorer to a guide, a person aware of the design, movement and characteristics of a particular place, a person capable of telling a story of place from a unique perspective.

This lecture will discuss on-location sketching as a practice that combines art and science to help sketchers at all levels, find ways to better understand and describe their physical surroundings. The lecture will first frame how sketching and sketchbooks were intricately tied to science and exploration. We will then cover basic information related to mapping, mental maps, show examples of historical notebooks and sketchbooks then refresh the argument for on-location sketching by reviewing urban sketching and the urban sketching manifesto.