Applied Sketching

Class 6/6 – May 30th 2012 –

Seeing the results from last weeks exercises we can see that your skills have improved greatly from where we started 6 weeks ago. We discussed the basic principles of cylinders again and talked about the value of communication within your sketches.


The last class of this assignment is all about applying the techniques from the previous sessions within a creative process. This is ultimately why you’ve enrolled in this assignment: to be able to efficiently produce sketches that communicate effectively within a design project. And this is also where it gets tricky, because even though you are able to construct perspective and ellipses it still takes time to get things right. And time is short when you are trying to crank out lots of creative ideas. So you either spend time (and brainpower) on construction of geometry and end up with only a handful of ideas, or you disregard the rules of perspective all together and just jot down your ideas in a very rough way. Now here’s the secret: practice, practice, practice! The more you practice the basics the less you will have to think about them when you really need them so you will be able to focus on the task at hand.

We started a creative session by exploring the potential within a familiar scene: your exploratory sketching classroom (and your home studio). The objective was to come up with innovative products and services that can help students and assignors in the process of training skills and transmitting knowledge. By sketching directly onto the sketched scenes (that were prepared for you using the techniques from class 3) you now had to implement your new skills while thinking about creative solutions which turned out to be harder than you thought.

creative sessionconclusionsWe highlighted the best ideas and posted the results on the wall where we did a couple of presentations to see how easy it is to communicate your ideas by quickly going over the highlighted conclusions using the visual information as ques in your story.

presentation_Apresentation_BEach one of you then picked an idea form someone else for further development. Then we explored the possible appearances of that idea in a series of sketches using an under layer to quickly set up a basic perspective. By producing a sequence of sketches you will be able to develop the form of the idea starting with basic volumes and proportions, adding more and more detail as you go.

selected ideaunder layerIn the demo I showed how to quickly render a couple of the conclusions with markers making the forms legible and persuasive by adding contrast, (gradient) shading, a drop shadow, some details and a bit of color. I finished the renderings with a soft white pencil to make gradients and highlight some of the edges and then added a couple of highlights with correction fluid.

demoI didn’t have time at the end of the class to add a title and some text to finish the sketch and make it communicate the results. So the sketches in these pictures are not ready to be presented.

To do for next week

Complete the above exercise that you have started in class. You don’t have to use white pencil or correction fluid but make sure that the forms read well by applying marker and adding enough contrast to your sketches.


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