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.