An interesting article in the New York Times bemoans the change in architectural drawing but nodding to the usefulness of computers - Architecture and the lost art of drawing. It's nice to see an expert in the field acknowledge drawing via the computer as different to rendering in other ways with computer software.
"Our physical and mental interactions with drawings are formative acts. In a handmade drawing, whether on an electronic tablet or on paper, there are intonations, traces of intentions and speculation."Drawing on a tablet is how I create a lot of my work both for theatre, film and personal projects. It gives a different feel but one that's no less intensive for the skill it requires. And of course I can merge traditional media such as watercolour and ink by scanning them then adding digital drawing. Creating combined effects that can't be achieved only with traditional means, usually because the paper or surface would be ruined.
The corporate commission I did recently was entirely architectural shapes and details from the London landscape. Working digitally for beginning ideas meant several viewpoints and angles could be considered and presented to the client first - allowing more freedom and choice in a short amount of time. Freehand drawing by tablet was then translated to the canvas with good old traditional paint and brush.