Detailed Freehand Architectural Sketches Showcase Incredible Skill

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Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow.

In this digital age, it's refreshing to see that some people are continuing to learn their craft by taking pencil to paper. Architecture student Adelina Gareeva showcases her detailed freehand architectural sketches via her Instagram, allowing followers to see her progress as a student.

Gareeva, who is also a model, currently studies at the Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering (KSUAE). The freehand drawings show Gareeva's deft hand, as she easily moves from complex fantasy architecture to the lines of iconic monuments.

A glance at her work shows how Gareeva builds up her drawings from quick pencil strokes to deeply outlining the finished pieces. A refreshing change from digital illustrations, the architectural drawings are a throwback to times past when the sketches themselves were works of art.

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Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow.

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Kazan art school.

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Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul in Kazan.

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Pantheon in Paris.

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Fantasy architecture concept.

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Sketch of a factory.

Equally impressive are the quick architectural drawings that Gareeva executes during her travels.

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Adelina Gareeva: Instagram

All images via Adelina Gareeva.

Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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