Assignment 1 – Tips and Suggestions (reposted)

Note: On top of uploading high quality images of your working drawings to the blog, be sure to bring the original drawings to class on Monday. Have them pinned up on the walls by 9:00 am for an in-class review.

Assignment 1: Suggestions and Tips.

  • The drawings you produce in part II of this assignment are not sketches – they are working drawings. As such, they should rely on line weights to communicate information. Resist the use of shading to show depth or curvature. As working drawings, the lines should be considered and intentional. They should be the result of measured observations and produced with the assistance of necessary drawing instruments (rulers, protractors, drafting triangles etc.).
  • Before starting part II of the assignment identify the top, bottom, front, back, right and left view of your object. Be sure to keep this consistent.
  • Be sure to measure your objects and, at a minimum, include the objects depth, width and height on all final drawings. Be sure to use the correct line weights when dimensioning.
  • Start your drawing with very light lines (construction lines) and add line thickness as necessary. It is easier to make a line thicker then it is to erase.
  • Draw the plans (top view of the object), elevations and sections of the object before you start your axonometric. These earlier drawings will have all the necessary information to produce your axonometric.
  • Think about pulling lines from your plan to produce the required elevations and sections (See the attached image in this post). Notice that this drawing set results in intersecting lines that describe key features of the object (upper right corner of the image) and if you were to draw a line from 0,0 through these intersection points you get a line that is exactly 45 degrees off horizontal. How might this strategy help with the axonometric drawing?

  • When producing axonometric drawings, vertical lines (lines that move along the z-axis) are always perpendicular to the ground plane.
  • If you can see through the object (a hole in the object or a transparent surface), what do you see? What line weights would you use to show this information?
  • Feel free to use axonometric grids to help construct your axonometric drawings (For that matter feel free to use grid paper for all your drawings if you feel it will help). Grid paper should be used like construction lines – they can be useful at the early stages but the final product should be on a clean unlined paper.
  • Use trace paper to iterate through your drawings. It is very unlikely you will be able to rigorously compete this assignment your first attempt. Trace allows you to work over your drawings to test ideas, explore line weights and work on general legibility. Trace should be used as a medium of investigation and final drawings should not be completed on trace. Use Mylar or Velum if looking for a higher quality, semi-transparent paper.
  • Remember Google is an excellent resource for this assignment.

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