Florian Afflerbach


Florian Afflerbach is an architect and architectural artist, and one of the founders of the Urban Sketchers group blog, which I wrote about previously (also here and here).

While many artists who sketch architectural scenes rely on a suggestion or informal feeling for perspective, Afflerbach has a masterful command of its nuances, at times tackling drawings in three point or even curved perspective.

His sketches of buildings, streets and interiors have a wonderful feeling of place, as well as a tactile sense of weight, solidity and, in the case of larger structures, monumentality.

He often lays out perspective construction lines under his drawings, and they are precise in the sense of being accurate, but still retain an informality and sketch-like quality that gives them visual charm and immediate appeal. This immediacy also shows in his sketches of vintage cars from the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Afflerbach has a web site, but his portfolio must be downloaded as a PDF. As a founding member of Urban Sketchers, you can find a good number of his drawings posted there, along with a brief bio. The drawings are often linked to versions on his Flicker set, but they are unfortunately not much larger.

The Ficker set is extensive, though, and features a wide range of drawings and subjects from his native Stuttgart, Germany along with location sketches from his travels in Italy, France and elsewhere.

3 Replies to “Florian Afflerbach”

  1. Great to see Florian get a spotlight here. He is very prolific, and his sketching work is consistently excellent and worth studying closely. Great stuff!

  2. Thanks for sharing! Florian is absolutely an artist who is not as known but yet still has a great wealth of amazing work. His sketches are so intense I could just look at them for hours.

  3. Yes, I find Florian’s work fantastic beyond description. But actually “precise in the sense of being accurate, but still retain an informality and sketch-like quality that gives them visual charm and immediate appeal” is a good way to put it. Love his work!

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