Line Exercises | Architectural Drawing

Line Exercises | Understanding the importance of Line weights

In my previous article, we discussed how important the line weights are. Now we will go ahead with necessary Line Exercises.

Line Exercises is the first lesson to learn in Architecture. It helps you understand the importance of every stroke drawn by you. It helps you realize that every stroke that you draw should convey a meaning in terms of design.

Here are a few things you need to do before you proceed with “Line Exercises”.

  1. Pencils – HB/B/2B
  2. Drawing Sheet – 22″x30″
  3. Draw 1/2″ border lines with title block of width 2″
  4. Divide the drawing sheet into 9 parts

Line Exercise 1

Line Exercise 1
Line Exercise 1

After you are successfully done with the first line exercise, we will proceed to the next line Exercise with more complex patterns.

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Layout of a Typical Drawing sheet and method of Dimensioning

Example of the Layout of a Typical Drawing Sheet | Architectural Drawing

In this article, we will illustrate the layout pattern of a drawing sheet which should be adopted by an Architect or an Engineer. The systematic layout helps the client understand the drawing in a better way. Also, the masons and the Contractors are dependent on the drawings prepared by the Architects and Engineers. The clarity in drawings and systematic approach helps to keep the matters under control and prevents complexities.

Typical Layout of a Drawing Sheet
Typical Layout of a Drawing Sheet

Dimensioning of the Drawings

Purpose of the dimensioning of the drawings

The drawings are detailed dimensioned for the purpose of accurate execution. The dimensioning has to be done in three layers.

  1. First layer(line) of dimensioning would include every single and smaller dimensions
  2. Second layer(line) would consist of dimensioning of two or more dimensions together for easy understanding
  3. Third layer(line) would consist of dimensioning of the entire length

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Materials and tools used in Architectural Drawing

Introduction of Materials and Tools in Architectural Drawing

This article is to introduce the beginner to the range of and quality of materials that may be used depending upon the nature of the work, and the supplies you will use during and after this program of study.

Lines, values and Colors are produced by media stroked on a surface. Paper – the customary medium also varies depending upon Tooth, Quality, Color, Size and type.

Tooth refers to the roughness of the surface by different finishes. Cold Press and papers not pressed are more coarse in texture than the Hot pressed ones.

Quality refers to the Rag content in the paper which helps prevent absorption after rendering making it more durable.

Heavier/rougher papers are used for water based media.

Type or Character of the paper depends on the fiber, Linen, Flax, Cotton etc. Type also refers to the process Machine made – Hand made or combination of those methods.

Drawing Paper Drawing/Drafting Pencil/Ink
Tracing Paper Drawing/Drafting Pencil/Ink
Tracing (Vellum) Drawing/Drafting Pencil/Ink
Tracing Cloth Municipal Drawings Ink
WaterColor Paper Watercolor rendering Water colors
Hanmade Paper
Mount Board Renderings/Models



Ammonia Prints Rendering, Presentations Multimedia
Sepia Drawing/Drafting Pencil/Ink
Newsprint Drawing Charcoal

Soft Pencil

Ivory/Bristol Drawing Ink

Soft Pencil

We will discuss various drawing tools in our succeeding articles…