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The eye and the hand

By Ruth Slavid
This drawing by Edward Hutchison of a proposal for a new garden in Wiltshire is one that appears in his book Drawing for Landscape Architecture – Sketch to Screen to Site now published in paperback by Thames & Hudson. He gave some of the best attended and best liked CPD presentations at the LI conference in March, talking about the importance of drawing both in terms of looking and of communicating.

He discussed the way that drawing makes it possible to really look at things properly, and sometimes even to learn something that nobody else had seen – drawing the square in front of the Carré d’Art in Nimes, southern France when working for Norman Foster, he deduced, that the archeological records of the place were wrong, and he was subsequently proven correct.

Equally important is the way that drawing allows the designer both to think through a project and to communicate it to a client, he said. As well as this theory he shared details of where he buys his sketchbook (a supplier in the US) and of the materials he uses. Edward Hutchison has a passion for drawing landscape, and he succeeded admirably in communicating it. Expect sales of sketchbooks to rise!

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