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For professional architects, designers, illustrators and students alike, this book demonstrates freehand drawing techniques that are easy to learn and clearly demonstrates how drawing (or “visual thinking”) is such a powerful tool in our approach to design.

As architects and designers, drawing is the best and quickest means of communicating our thoughts and ideas to others including ourselves. It is my hope that this book will inspire others to continue to practice the art of drawing in all of its forms. I have always taught my students and interns that there are three steps in becoming proficient in drawing and design....Imitation, Inspiration and finally Innovation. Trace copy or steal these sketches until you develop your own style. Enjoy the magic of drawing and have fun!

Edward A. Vance, AIA, is an architect and the founder of EV&A Architects, a specialty design firm located in Las Vegas, Nevada.


About the Author

Edward Vance
kwelch Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Edward A. Vance, AIA, is founder and design principal of EV&A Architects, a specialty design firm serving the hospitality, commercial and health care industries. For 28 years Mr. Vance has served his clients, his community and the profession of architecture. Design excellence has characterized Mr. Vance’s distinguished career. His work has led to numerous design awards and significant commissions with major hospitality, commercial and health care clients.

Active in his community, Mr. Vance is a past professor at UNLV’s College of Architecture; serves on the board of trustees for the Lied Children’s Museum, the executive board of Boy Scouts of America, is a member of NAIOP and the Nevada Development Authority, and is the past Nevada State coordinator for NCARB’s Intern Development program.

Mr. Vance is a registered Architect in 14 states and is NCARB certified. He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from North Dakota State University.

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vango_55 says

Very nice to see a talented architect who can draw/paint! Congratulations! I'm a designer and also an engineer....have a peek at my book: Sketches from the clubs book one the early years.

posted at 09:13am Jul 30 PST


tomcraig says

Wow Ed I have known you for over 20 years, I had no idea the depth of your talent. I remember you drawing me a sketch of the freeman project at a naiop breakfast, how you whipped it out in 5 min was amazing. now that I looked at your book I can see for you it was a trifle, by the way I did by the ink refills you were using, you are one talented dog, its a pleasure to photograph your buildings when their done.
Tom Craig, photographer, opulencestudios, las vegas

posted at 06:54pm Mar 04 PST


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