Incredible Architectural Illustrations Celebrate the Immense Beauty of Historic Façades

Urban Sketching by Demi Lang

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Architecture is one of the most meticulous things that you can sketch. Combining elements of scale, perspective, and fine details, it's a challenging subject matter. But not for artist Demi Lang, it seems. On the surface, she makes drawing buildings appear effortless with her incredible mixed-media illustrations using ink, pens, and pencils. The exquisite images showcase a variety of architecture rendered with fine lines and the beautiful features of various building styles.

Lang is a self-taught artist who has been honing her craft for nearly two decades. Her passion for building illustrations was born from her admiration of architects and the characteristics that each place contains. “When you stop and look closely,” she tells My Modern Met, “there is so much to see.”

With her work an homage to architecture, Lang highlights façades—particularly historical structures—by employing deep contrast in her drawing. In doing this, she shows the hard edges of flourishes on columns, brick finishes, towers, and steep grooves and makes them easier to visually understand. They are elements you might miss just walking by the buildings in real life, but Lang’s work begs for a long, admiring look.

If you wish you could draw architecture like Lang, now is your chance. She has an exclusive online course with My Modern Met Academy, our e-learning platform. Her class is called Architectural Illustration for Everyone: Draw Buildings in Ink and Colored Pencil. It will take you step by step through her process. When complete, you will have created your own architectural illustration. Enroll now and get started today.

Artist Demi Lang creates incredible architectural illustrations.

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She takes this challenging subject and depicts it in stunning detail.

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Her artwork invites you to admire the façades of historic buildings.

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Want to learn to draw like Lang? You're in luck—she has an exclusive online course with My Modern Met Academy, our e-learning platform.

Demi Lang Drawing a Building

Her class is called Architectural Illustration for Everyone: Draw Buildings in Ink and Colored Pencil.

Demi Lang Drawing a Building

It will take you step by step through her process from start to finish.

Demi Lang Drawing a Building

When complete, you will have created your own architectural illustration.

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Get a peek into Lang's class here:

Demi Lang: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Etsy

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Demi Lang.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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