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Sketching challenge #2 – isometric on a grid

Sketching challenge #2 – isometric on a grid

The second sketching challenge introduces the basic 3D drawing technique that underlies much of the rest of what we do.  To make it straightforward to start with, we'll use a grid.

Rememberfor the Challenges, you want them to be...challenging.  If you can already draw objects in isometric view, this is too low for you.  If you have trouble with drawing parallel lines, squares and circles freehand, this may be too high.

cubesWalk over to the flat drawers (remember the video, from the Tour?)  Pull out a Sketching challenge #2 page from the second drawer down.

  1. Read the instructions and look at the examples.
  2. Trace over the samples.
  3. Fill in the rest of the page with sketches.
  4. Keep 'em about 3 to 5 cm square. Not larger and not much smaller.  You want to fill the page up with a lot of practice.
  5. Vary what you're sketching, so you practice all the skills for this challenge.

There is a tray of cubes, both large wooden ones and small plastic ones, that you are free to use to build structures you can sketch.  It may help initially in the coming up with ideas side of things.  It's usually on one of the desks around the Lab.

Got your page filled up?  Moving on,

Now, we have some exemplar pages in folders in drawer 3.  Compare your drawing to the exemplars and assign yourself a mark based on the exemplar your work most closely resembles.Particularly look at the notes written on the exemplar.  [If there aren't any exemplars yet, review your Challenge page with Number 1.]

Capture a picture of your sketching challenge page, then post a note on your profile, including

  • the picture
  • your evaluation of how well you did (your mark)
  • why you think your sketch resembles that exemplar
  • IF your mark isn't "I gave it my all," what could you do to improve for next time?

Note: you're welcome to re-take Sketching challenges as often as you'd like to get the marks you want.

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