Module 4

Introduce | Learn | Apply


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

Assignment 1

A - In this first assignment I would like you to search the internet for images that show 1 point, two point OR 3 point perspective and upload in the Discussion area only one image that you can discuss. Talk about the type of perspective it is and why. You can be brief. Then comment on another students choice in their Discussion area. Post this assignment in the DISCUSSION AREA. First create a NEW TOPIC and then add you comments and upload your sketches for feedback. Be sure to add a comment to another students work too to complete your discussion portion of the weeks work.

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Assignment 2

For your drawing assignment for week 4:

Create 2 - full 8.5x11 sheets of thumbnail sketches of objects from your home in one, and two point perspective. Do one sheet of each type of perspective drawing as a sketch sheet of thumbnails with several objects on each sheet such as chairs, couches, toasters, books, computers, or other things around your home.

Do one sheet of 1 point perspective objects

Do one sheet of 2 point perspective objects

Add simple hand written UPPER CASE notes to your drawings. You should also try to use some of the following methods for sketching and drawing this week that you practiced with your bottle drawings:

  1. Use a flair pen or dark pencil NOT a ball point or a light pencil. New style gel pens work pretty good for this type of work.
  2. Use thick and thin lines to define light in a drawing. Tons of information is revealed by variation in line thickness. Thin lines should be towards the light and thicker, darker lines should be on the shaded side of the line drawings. This will help make your line drawings look more dimensional.
  3. Use mostly outline and line drawings for this exercise, not shaded drawings. You can shade parts of the objects using strokes from your bottle sketches if you like. Shaded drawings are the FINE ART side of drawing, and we are practicing designer sketching and drawing techniques.
  4. Use printed notation in all informational sketches and drawings to give important information to the client and use arrows to point to objects.
  5. When using notation, always try to PRINT on a straight line and don't use cursive lettering. Always use capitals to print on design drawings, not upper and lower case lettering.
  6. Fade lines in and out to create style and give the drawing life. End of lines should be thicker and middle of lines thinner.
  7. Don't worry about mistakes, just sketch over them or move to another part of the page.FInd a style and be consistent in that approach all the time when you draw.
  8. When shading in a drawing as a designer, use hatching techniques. Do not use the blended shading technique of using the side of a pencil to darken in the objects. ALWAYS use strokes in design drawing, not shading.
  9. Leave air space around the items that you draw, to keep it floating and so you can add notes.
  10. Don't use rulers,but try to draw straight lines but not super straight. A little variations makes for a great sketching style. If you begin to draw your straight lines by "looking where the end point will be" your lines will turn out fairly straight without a ruler. Aim for the end point and your hand and pencil will follow your eye to the end point.
  11. Use arrows as often as possible to indicate notes, flow points and to point out important features
  12. Make sure you include your name on the drawing sheets and be sure to type information on the ETUDES attachment description area adding your name and project title so that when I download the item it has your information already included.

In case you didn't notice: I just raised the bar a bit with this assignment for week #4. It's not a difficult assignment and I'm not looking for perfect drawings, THESE ARE SKETCHES. Just do it one page at a time. Add some notes, and so on. You'll be done in no time at all. USE THE PDF FILE FOR REFERENCE for your perspective home object drawings. At the end of the PDF file, you will fine examples of furniture items drawn in perspective using BOXES as the starting point. Try that method and you will find it easy to do the 2 sheets of drawings.

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What Next?

When you've completed the tasks above, you're ready to move on to Lesson 5. Week five introduces the big PORTRAIT drawing assignment. But don't worry, it's an illustratiors pen and ink trick drawing technique, and you do NOT need to be perfect at figure drawing to complete it since it is a value tracing with strokes, exercise. To go there, click on the MOD 5 Discussion topic in the list and follow the link to the INSTRUCTIONS!