Development of Sketching Techniques.
Prior to reading this section it is advisable to have a clear understanding of how the brain works.
Sketching techniques are all in the eye of the observer. So as well as improving your sketching technique one must also improve their ability to see. Improve your ability to see:
- by freehand sketching.
- line and contour drawing (edges)
- negative space drawing.
- drawing with relationships (lines and angles in proportion)
- the rendering advantages and techniques.
- the object as a whole or the object in various components.
The main feature between each of these pencil types is the graphite. However there is a broad range of graphite available. There are 19 different types / grades of graphite, from 9H to EE. The lettering stands for the degree of hardness or softness of the graphite. H stands for hard. B stands for black.
|Hard pencils||Soft pencils|
See how graphite pencils are produced click on the link; How stuff works (pencil manufacture)
- Sketching is a vital tool in expressing and developing ones ideas. Sketching can be improved through practice and the development of ones visualisation (ability to see objects clearly)
- Freehand sketching is fast and allows the designer to work on their ideas whilst continually evaluating and developing new ideas.
To improve ones freehand draughting skills task 22 is of vital aid and importance.
Further sketching skills can be completed in task 23.
Observe a child completing a jigsaw puzzle..........they rarely look at the entire picture whilst completing the puzzle. Why? Mainly because they are visualising the various scenes or objects in the puzzle as different parts. Thus assembling the jigsaw not as a complete puzzle but in stages.
In task 24 use the framing technique to complete the illustration in activity 1 and in activity 2 create your own illustration in the frames.
Breaking the drawing down (crating) allows the user to dissect the illustration or drawing thus see greater detail in the drawing. In task 25 the illustration of the chair is constructed using the crating method.