Presenting architectural plans to clients and developers, the architectural illustrator creates renderings of proposed or existing buildings, site plans or elevations. Through the use of perspective and expert draftsmanship, architectural rendering provides a two-dimensional drawing showing the distinctive attributes of a building, structure, or site plan.
An architectural illustrator may create a floor plan, panoramic rendering, or multiple views of the same site. When most architectural illustrations were hand-drawn, the illustrator would rely upon pen and ink, markers, and watercolor or gouache, to draw and paint.
Drawing style is a signature of the architectural illustrator and is used to distinguish one artist from another.
Today, most architectural illustrations are computer-generated. The skilled illustrator can still communicate a style when using a computer based upon a complete knowledge of what software can accomplish when guided by a skillful hand.
The architectural illustrator works closely with an architect or architectural firm to actualize plans that may only be at a conceptual stage. Part of the responsibility of “selling a plan or a design” rests with the architectural illustrator who presents proposed concepts on paper in a vigorous yet exacting style.
Helping a client to visualize a project before it has taken form, is what the architectural illustrator does best. Accurately portraying the details of an architectural project through illustration allows ideas that are merely in a conceptual phase to come to fruition.