Exquisite Architectural Drawings Capture the Special Niches of Cities and Towns

Architectural Drawings by Stephane le Lagadec

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When walking through a town, there are many details that go unnoticed. Artist Stéphane Le Lagadec, however, seeks out these overlooked niches and immortalizes them in exquisite architectural drawings. Using a series of fine liner pens, he captures quiet street corners, picturesque doorways, and hidden dwellings with masterful finesse.

Le Lagadec has a background in design and architecture; he currently teaches art by day and continues his series of illustrations on the side. “My taste for architecture and urban spaces comes from childhood, as far as I can remember I have always loved it, even if I sometimes represent other themes,” he tells My Modern Met.

His approach to drawing architecture is distinct, as he usually finds a portion of the town that interests him and then isolates it on the page. In this way, understated corners and narrow alleyways are celebrated just like significant landmarks would be.

There is also an effortless quality to Le Lagadec's work. Although he renders each of his pieces with pen—and even employs traditional shading techniques like hatching—he alternates his meticulous linework with large areas of white which give the illustration a sense of lightness. Additionally, he takes care to leave all of these urban places devoid of human figures so that the viewer can place themselves in the scene and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.

You can purchase drawings as they become available via Le Lagadec's Etsy shop, and keep up to date with his latest projects by following him on Instagram.

French artist Stéphane le Lagadec creates intimate pencil drawings of cityscapes.

Architectural Drawings by Stephane le Lagadec

Architectural Drawings by Stephane le Lagadec

Architectural Drawings by Stephane le Lagadec

Architectural Drawings by Stephane le Lagadec

He captures quiet niches of towns using different fine liner pens.

Architectural Drawings by Stephane le Lagadec

These different places are isolated on the page so that viewers can celebrate their many details.

Architectural Drawings by Stephane le Lagadec

Each scene is the architecture by itself, devoid of any human figures.

Architectural Drawings by Stephane le Lagadec

Stephane le Lagadec: Etsy | Website | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Stephane le Lagadec.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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