When you take a pen to write down your findings as a poem or paintings of line and color on a white paper, you are not aware that nature enthusiastically accompanies you, opens its inspiration horizons in your mind, calls you back for regeneration and involves you mind scope in novel concepts newer than before.
Can you draw what you imagine?!
Sketch is a direct, immediate and also more humanistic way to produce ideas. It is more available way to recognize and evaluate space capabilities, embodiment of mental image and swift communication with site and project features.
Frank Gehry states that I think my best skill as an architect relates to finding coordination between eye and hand. I can change to a model what I draw on a paper and the model to a building.
Ability to control the mind and enhancing artist's creativity on one hand and reducing distance of mind to reality on the other hand are two categories should be considered in detail. Close relationship between architect's mind and hand can be very helpful due to quick understanding and embodiment of findings. This is a problem observed in most designers. Non-control of mind and untimely embodiment of mental findings results in disconnection of architect's thoughts and created work and confuses designers in their designing course.
Comments of Charles Jencks, contemporary theoretician and architect, about Le Corbusier designing method is as follow;
"He/she prepared a book for collecting of sketches and a notebook for immediate jotting down of ideas, pictorial imaginations and events. These books exceeding 70 volumes during his/her life are a reason for progress since they changed to new instruments for expression and resources for the next ideas.
Imagine that there are volumes and ideas in your mind and you are interested in exhibiting them as layouts for your project. At this stage, similar to a picture, sketch is a method for material embodiment of ideas. It is similar to taking photograph from door, entrance portal and roof of a building in order to establish a relationship with it. This can be termed endoscopy. Do you know its meaning? It means watching inside.
Certainly, several and different images come to your mind at initial stages and you try that record them by sketches. In fact, they are subjects, volumes and elements should be identified by sketch. You are able to canalize all motivations of free thought, free emotion, form and natural flow in the form of sketches, rough drafts and sculptures.
Santiago Calatrava in an interview with "Architectural Record" journal describes designing and sketching process as follow;
Drawing initial sketches and layouts is an auxiliary instrument for idea embodiment at the next stages and may be the most abstract way to study of morphology and sculpture. A person may draw human body to understand its behavior and motion. Place, landscape and human are very important for me. Their study and scrutinize can be inspiring and define nature of the project.
Finally, problem is not restricted in finding and having an idea; rather clearly expressing of the idea is the main problem. Initial sketches and layouts translated the idea and are very valuable, in my idea.
Henri Matisse, the 20th century French painter and sculptor, emphasizes on importance of sketches and momentary recording of thoughts and elements when he, as a great artist, speaks about his own works. Typically, sketches are communications between you and yourself, a sketch can demonstrate what is in your mind like a letter to the person himself. I think it is an important feature. Sketches become greater and elaborated until you solve the problem fund in a connection or communication, or can interpret it.
What sketches can be effective:
- Strengthening brain right hemisphere (artist mind)
- Empowering thoughts of architect by pencil and paper
- Strengthening imagination faculty
- Recording thoughts
- Recording moments of unconscious mind
- Recording moments of life
- Exciting mind
- Developing, cultivating and understanding of ideas
- Increasing of knowledge from architect and the environment
- Instructing about how to see well
- Sketch plays an important role in creative process and registering of designer's inspirations.
- Sketch activates ideas and passive thoughts.
- Activating of unconscious flow among senses, thoughts, hands, pens and papers (an activity for connecting mind and hand)
- Strengthening of mind and designer's focus on information and increasing their stability.