Architectural Drawing Tutorial | My process + settings

Architectural Drawing Tutorial | My process + settings

In this architectural drawing tutorial I’ll walk you through the exact settings, line weights, pen styles and layers I use to develop architectural drawings digitally for my clients. We’ll focus on how to recreate the floor plan you see in this image, our reference project here in Maine that we’ve been following.
You’ll also learn how architects choose what to draw, how we approach our drawings conceptually, and how we organize information. This one is filled with drafting tips and tricks you can use everyday, whether you’re a seasoned pro, an architecture student or just curious about how architects work.

// GEAR I USE //

*Mavic Pro by DJI:

* Canon 80D:

* Canon 24mm f2.8 Lens:
* Canon 40mm f2.8 Lens:
* Canon 10 – 18mm f4.5 – 5.6 IS Lens:

* Rode VideoMic Pro (hotshoe mtd.):
* ATR-2100 USB (dynamic mic):

* Prismacolor Markers:
* Timelapse Camera:
* AutoCAD LT:
* SketchUp PRO:
* HP T120 Plotter:
* Adobe CC Photography (Photoshop/Lightroom) Plan:

* Architect + Entrepreneur Startup Toolkit:


Please watch: “Making a Site Model – The Outpost Project”



  1. jirojoseph esman on May 13, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    Great video…is it the the same for storage space attached to the home and using the patio cover..
    Thank you have a blessed day and be blessed

  2. Michael Bryant on May 13, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    Thanks. This video got me fired up again to take another crack at drafting. I had some forms of Cad but in was an in-house at Southwestern Bell & AT&T back in the day.

  3. What Ever on May 13, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    hi there what’s that program shown around 2:29?? i have no idea what programs architects use for their work. do you use a program in which you can draw and 3d-model at the same time?? greetings

  4. Christine Abigail Javier on May 13, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    Thank you so much! I’ve watched so many vid tutorials and this makes the most sense to me visually and creatively.

  5. Henrique Sanches on May 13, 2022 at 10:12 pm


  6. Ethan Marcus on May 13, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    thanks for the great video

  7. ROOM 81 on May 13, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    Nice video mr Eric really appreciate your help. Buh please can you make a step by step video on how to use autoCAD I’m an architectural student in Nigeria and I’d love to learn the use of that software from you personally 🙏🤘

  8. trk xo on May 13, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    Thanks for this step-by-step tutorial. Coming out with all these CAD drawings means you have to spend long hours in front of the monitor. I wonder how do you cope with eye strain? This is my biggest drawback when working with CAD drawings. Is there a method you use to cope with this issue?

  9. oh tologo on May 13, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    may i know what app you use for creating floor plan?

  10. samar abbas on May 13, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    can I work for you I am a draftsman

  11. Paul Marín on May 13, 2022 at 10:16 pm

    I always rewatch your video when I need to get motivation to draw blueprints. Thanks!

  12. Travis Thompson on May 13, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    hope your on the BIM train now

  13. Ke’Toren Mendoza on May 13, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    I love red as a color so after 1 min mark hit I fell in love

  14. Kaltenbaugh Brothers on May 13, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    I teach a high school CAD class. Any chance you have any old blueprints I can use for my class? We use your videos now and they are great. Thank You

  15. Joanna Eve on May 13, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    How do you work out what ratios to use in architecture as in how big the house will be compared to a person living in it? Does that make sense (architecture interests me and would love to persue it someday)

  16. Joel Hanson on May 13, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    Hi I’m very inspired by your videos to become a architect,I am 39 years old and I have construction company here in the Bahamas.I am looking to do more ,I love to do interior and exterior designing but I don’t know how to properly draw what’s in my head onto paper professionally. If there any light you shine concerning this please help.Thanks in advance

  17. Ibnu Al Jawi on May 13, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    Inspire, motivate, inform, educate, solute, ,

  18. wett3r / on May 13, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    feeling re-inspired. I really needed this – thank you!

  19. SUMMA on May 13, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    I’m a Mechanical engineering student currently doing IT but really, Architecture’s really cool.

  20. Enrique de Ezcurra on May 13, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    "Use whatever tool you have available!" since you said that I knew you were in the next level.

  21. 30X40 Design Workshop on May 13, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    Download my template files + all the pen settings here:

  22. Ines Acosta on May 13, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    I’m in need of a full set of prints would you be interested on drawing them?

  23. Dulguun Purevsuren on May 13, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    Thanks for your useful video! 🙏

  24. 星星 on May 13, 2022 at 10:29 pm


  25. SECRE on May 13, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    Can i ask, why does you line weight are not having bigger pixel when zooming out?
    why does your line weights stay on there consistent setting when zooming out? how?

  26. Venn Lu on May 13, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    like button smashed to pieces, thank you

  27. Daskalos312 on May 13, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    I would like to see more sketching in perspective especially complex roof

  28. Ari Kacheka on May 13, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    Can you explain to us in a detailed video about the various advanced applications in architecture as you can see all the time there is a new application for each batch I am an architect from Algeria🤗🤗🤗

  29. DA7545 on May 13, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    Another tip in CAD… You can shut some layers off to work and you know what layers you want on for the final print. You can save the layer states. One for working, and one for final. And any others you may want.

  30. kwendeche on May 13, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    For a potential first time ever user of AutoCAD LT, what type / model / capacity hardware (assuming a laptop) is recommended? So many to chose from and later (if successful in LT) I might move forward with Revit to work on visualization.

  31. Sanjeeban Maji on May 13, 2022 at 10:34 pm


  32. Terrance Jackson on May 13, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    I’ve watched this video more than once and always get something new from it. I assigned it to my students with questions for next week. As a teacher, your videos are a great resource for expanding the learning beyond the textbook.

  33. Furkan Kon on May 13, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    Hi Mr.Eric I watch all your videos..Thanks a lot..Also I like so so much your autocad template.I couldn’t buy because it’s expensive for me.Can I draw according to your youtube video.Can you allow to draw your template?

  34. D E on May 13, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    This short video get more details, better than my academic years,
    Thank lot of from india🇮🇳

  35. Mhdzaki Mlr on May 13, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    Hi. Can autocad lt create taking of materials document?.

  36. Salar on May 13, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    You’re directly attacking my eyes in 4:37 .

  37. KR8S on May 13, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    I am Civil Engineering student..In our country usually civil engineers have to draw floor plans. This video helped me a lot. Thank you.

  38. MG737 on May 13, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    Being a arkitech is my dream

  39. Gustavo Ceballos on May 13, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    I draw using AutoCAD, nice video

  40. Arabit, Josefina SD. on May 13, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    Hi I’m not an Architecture student but a Drafting student *wishing to be an architect someday🥺🤍 I want to learn how to use the the triangular scale and autocad 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🤍

  41. Helman Frow on May 13, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    Autocad LT is now $600/year with no perpetual license option. Just saying.

  42. Wendal Bontrager on May 13, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    How much does Auto CAD cost? I am wanting to start practicing architecture and am not sure where to start.

  43. Anony Mouse on May 13, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    Cool. Subbed.

  44. sean johnson on May 13, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    Are you using “design” markers!? I haven’t seen those in many years

  45. Jenny K on May 13, 2022 at 10:58 pm

    This is really going to help when I voluntarily go to architecture school.

  46. United beast on May 13, 2022 at 11:01 pm

    I’m Civil engineer, soon will be structural engineer. I want to learn architectural plan drawings

  47. EL Shanum Gannalu Pramusana on May 13, 2022 at 11:01 pm

    This lesson is easier to understand. I know very well how boring college education can be, you make it easier and more interesting to learn. That’s something very few people have, good work. 👏🏻

  48. Josh Añonuevo on May 13, 2022 at 11:01 pm

    What font do you use for your cad drawings?

  49. Jalaluddin Shafi on May 13, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    There is not even a single helpful video about joinery detailing in YouTube could you please make one joinery detailing video.

  50. James Joyce on May 13, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    Is this a Mac or PC? Also what line weight numbers do you use for each of your layers?

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