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Sketching, master challenge

Sketching, master challenge

Now that you've worked your way past all the basic sketching challenges, you have the skills to sketch like a professional designer.  You still can use practice, though.  (Even professional designers still practice regularly.)

Ready to show your mastery?

Walk over to the flat drawers (remember the video, from the Tour?)  From the second drawer down, choose one of the items in the samples bin (the one with the random stuff in it).  You could also choose an object of your own that is complex and interesting enough to present a challenge.

  1. If it opens and closes, open it up.
  2. Study it from different angles.  Look at how the light reflects off of its surfaces.
  3. Choose an angle to sketch and set it down.
  4. Sketch it on a sheet of A3 paper.
  5. If the object has interesting bits, make detail sketches of them around the main object sketch.  For example
    • details that are hidden by the angle of the main sketch
    • small details that are difficult to see in the scale of the main sketch
    • important aspects like hinges, fasteners, intricate parts, and so on.

When you've got a full sketch, enhanced with pen, fully rendered and colored, you're ready to move on.

Finally, 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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