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Introduce | Learn | Apply


In this section, we'll apply some of the concepts we've read about and learned.

Assignment 1:

To get started: I wanted to give you all a very detailed experience but didn't want you to spend a fortune on text books. The college requires me to have a text book and also suggests a reference text as well. Ergo, I've listed two texts for you in the course. Rapid Viz images and reading will help you along the way to realize your sketching ambitions for designs. Nelson's Drawing Bible will give you insight to many methods of quick sketching with style. Later I will post a list of the best books for deisgn drawings. Samara's text :Design Drawing is good but very "heady" stuff and not a practical text book. It concentrates on the aesthetics of useing drawing styles in "final designs" not on preliminary sketching. This course is about "sketching for preliminary designs, rather than drawing for final designs, since most of that sort of drawing is now done on computers.

Part A: Read ONLY the introduction in the Rapid Viz text book by Kurt HANKS. This will get you started on the road to understanding and drawing quick sketches for designers. If you like: Try doing the the exercises for fun on page 10 - 14. I will not collect your sketchbooks for any reason. It's up to you to try the Rapid Viz challenges each time you see them in the text book.

There are many online resourses I will link you to as the course goes forward. Also you will find reading The Drawing Bible (chapter one) very useful.

Part B: (step by step)

1-Post a short intro to yourself for us to read. A few sentences will do just fine.

2-Then, using your computer to search the web, find and upload 2 examples of thumbnails sketches by other designers from the WWW that work in a career path that interests you as a designer.

3- Discuss how they use thumbnail sketches effectively . Only write a short paragraph or two total. Don't over do it. Save you fingers for sketching.

4-Post your writing in the Discussion area of our class in ETUDES. When you log into Etudes you will find a menu on the left side of the page, and a button to link to the Discussion and Private Messages area. Click the button and navigate to the first discussion area to post your short personal introduction and your paragraph abour sketching and thumbnails and also attach your image from the web that you found. Make sure you name the images and describe it in the description box when before you upload. It helps if you name it something like this: (name of image) and your name:

for example:

thumbnails by xxxxx ( xxx=designers name) - Then add you name like this : joeragey. You can use only your last name if you like. But don't use only your first name. Many people have the same first name. I download the images to critique them using my video program when I do group vid crits, and it helps a lot if you already name them.

NOTE: ETUDES only accepts .jpg and .png. for display. It also acceps many other file formats for downloads, but it only DISPLAYS the images on the ETUDES pages, if you add the .jpg or .png to the end of the image file. If you make a mistake and the image does not show properly, just do it again and let me know so I can delete the wrong posting. If I can't see the image in Etudes window, it's hard to give you full credit for the work.


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Assignment 2:

Try some blind contour and simple thumbnails sketches of things around the house or your place of work.

Get your sketching paper and pencils and other materials and the text book. Begin sketching everything you see from now on, as least as long as your in my class. Fill a sketch book with tiny thumbnail drawings, scribbles and scratches. It's easy, it's fun and you will begin to get better each week as you practice. Don't worry. you don't have to upload any of these drawings (yet)! I just want you to get going and get a drawing pencil in your hand, get past the blank paper fear and start drawing anything and everything you see from now on. Do it at home, or on the bus, or train. You'll be amazed at how fast you get better by practice. The real drawing projects begin next week as I show you specifics about how to do design drawings for real world projects using strokes, notation, and style.

If you also purchased the extra optional texts, you may want to read Chapter one and two in your DRAWING BIBLE text to understand the basics. I don't intend to rewrite Craig's book online. You will find his book filled with wonderful tips on both traditional drawing and since he was a professional illustrator, his information is really useful for us in design drawing with his sketchy methods of pencil drawing that are indicative of designer drawings. I will continue to supplement his text with multiple other sources for drawing and design as we go along.

In chapter two by Craig Nelson, you will learn about line and tone drawing and see many examples by my design students and some of his of contour and outline drawings that apply to design sketching.

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What Next?

When you've completed the tasks above, you're ready to move on to Lesson 2. To go there, return to the ETUDES Discussion area and click on the MODULE 2 link.