Human Figures Scale Drawing Style By Famous Architects

Human Figures Scale Drawing Style By Famous Architects. These human figures sketches are really interesting collected by Noor Makkiya. New York architectural designer Noor Makkiya has collected twenty-one. Such examples for a series dubbed simply Figures sketch by architects. Which is  isolating them on neutral backgrounds, to allow for easy side-by-side comparisons. True architects, since the early centuries used human figures. Not only to describe the quantity and the quality of the environment. But also for deeper purposes of study and expression. Some used it as means of architecture inspiration, demonstrating the divine power of the human order.

Sketch of Human Figures For Scale Study From Famous Architects

From the collector: “Human figures are typically used in an architecture rendering, to provide a clear scale for the common eye. Thanks to new technologies like Photoshop. We have lost our “ontological dimension”, and the copy paste method. We use makes it easier for us to fill architecture renderings with a desultory crowd of figures.”

Human figures sketches with pencil by Alvaro Siza.

Alvaro Siza's Style to draw Human scale

Sketch of human figures by Frank Gehry.

Frank Gehry's Style to draw Human scale

Le Corbusier’s Modular in human figures to draw.

Le Corbusier's Style to draw Human scale

Human Figure Sketching Tutorial by Leonardo Da Vinci.

Leonardo da vinci's Style to draw Human scale

Other architects use human figures to emphasize on the activity within the space.


Sometimes it is important to depict the spatial properties of a design. Architects project themselves into the human figure.

Sketch of human figures by Mies van de Rohe.

Mies van de Rohe's Style to draw Human scale

Norman Foster’s Study Sketch of Human Anatomy.

Norman Foster's Style to draw Human scale

Human Figure Study Sketch by Oscar Niemeyer.

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Human Figure average Measurements by Peter Cook.

Peter Cook's Style to draw Human scale

So if we compare drawings from different architects, we frequently find differences in body shape and body activity.

This human figure sketches are for practicing architects often represent. Their own ideologies as a reference for understanding the human physical condition.

How to draw a human figures? teach us Renzo Piano.

Renzo Piano's Style to draw Human scale

Human figure basic shapes by SANAA.

SANNA's Style to draw Human scale

Human figure basics from Santiago Calatrava.

Santiago Calatrava's Style to draw Human scale

The variations are dramatic, between highly-stylized forms to simplified human figures or completely abstract sets of shapes forming nearly-illegible avatars.

All showing something about the architect behind them, and how they choose to represent their work.

Human figure graphic by Steven Holl.

Steven Holl's Style to draw Human scale

Walter Gropius made human figures for architectural sketches.

Walter Gropius's Style to draw Human scale

Frank Gehry’s human figures sketch, perhaps predictably, is a mess of forms and shapes. Walter Gropius’ betrays a Bauhaus bent, all angles and boxes. Steven Holl, of course, is a lovely little watercolor, expressive and reflective of his well-known habit for creating daily water-colored sketches.

Many contemporary architects cut and paste scale figures into their renderings to show depth and dimension. But in cases where they draw their own, aspects of their style and personality become apparent in the radical differences between their approaches.

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