Monday, February 9, 2009

Pieces of Drawing Craft


definition - a basis for comparison
-reference point against which other things can be evaluated

In terms of scale this past week, I learned a lot about human scale against other objects. Things that are closer to you appear bigger than objects that are further away from you. An example that portrays this is the sketch that I did of Nicole. This was a class exercise in Design Drawing. The further back she is, the smaller the features are that I draw. Nicole's feet are the largest part of the drawing because they were the closet to me and her hand that she is leaning on is the smallest because it is the furthest away. The next challenge concerning scale was to draw my own legs. This was different and very challenging for me to make the proportions look correct. We also studied about proportion and scale in terms of human figures by quickly sketching people moving about doing normal, everyday activities. For the homework assignment, we were to observe those around us and sketch 50 people in a minute or less. Scale in terms of architecture in Patrick's class was more about hierarchy and how buildings like the Parthenon were bigger in size compared to one such as Acropolis. Reasoning for this is simply that the Parthenon was made for the powerful Athena, making it the single most important building. The Acropolis, however, is more of a watch building at the gate of the Parthenon. And lastly, in Stoel's drafting class, we were to draw a full scale drafting pencil with dimensions. It is also important to note that something does not have to be around other objects in a drawing to be "to scale". Another word, proportion, helps explain this idea.

drawing of nicole
drawing of my legs
pencil drawing


definition- a whole or totality as combining all its parts into on
- absence of diversity

First semester, we studies a lot about unity and how "the sum of parts equal to make a whole". This past week, I feel the main unity source that we battled was the conclusion of the fairytale project. The different steps of reading the story, producing an inspiration board, designing a wearable artifact, and lastly, the combination of other principles in the six vignettes; these had to all connect and flow from project to project carrying through the same theme.

In design theory & history, I feel we discussed unity when we learned of megaron: court, porch and hearth. In ancient Greece, a piece of architecture, commonly the temple, consisted of these four components. The court consists of what is around the main focal point. For example, if the temple had a number of columns surrounding the temple, the columns would then be considered the court. The porch serves as the entrance to the temple, meaning the doorway or gate to enter the area. The hearth is then the main piece of architecture such as the temple.

An example of a megoran (court, porch and hearth), here is a picture of the top view of the Parthenon.


definition- one of a number of parts that can be fitted together to make a whole
- a part that is cut or separated

"Understanding Architecture" by Leland M. Roth mentions the meaning of scale. To Roth, section in terms of architecture is "a drawing showing a slice through a building, either lengthwise (longitudinal section) or crosswise (cross section), with all horizontal and vertical lines shown at their full length, as in a elevation drawing" (Roth, 630). In drafting, we do a lot of section drawing of different plans that we create. In one project, we were to research interior wood frame walls and my first example of section is the drafting assignment we were to do for the wall. Sections usually include dimensions with the drawing as well. This is represented through my two section drawings of "Pat's chair". For this assignment, I drew a section from the south side and east side of my chair. Another form of section is my last example of the section of an interior wood frame wall that we had to create. We made these sections of a wall to better understand the construction of a wall, but also to make a place for our wearable fairytale artifact.

section of interior wood frame wall
2 sections of Pat's chair
model of section wall


definition- something that indicates bounds or limits; a limiting or bounding line

Boundaries are everywhere. Obvious or not so obvious. Everyone has them. Everyone needs them. Whether your parents have set rules that you do not dare cross or the amount that you can eat for dinner before you feel sick. These are boundaries.

In design drawing this past week, we learned a new drawing technique known as entourage. Entourages are very similar to vignettes in a way because they do not have a distinct boundary, whereas the images tend to fade out. The entourages that we did for Suzanne are example of something that does NOT have any boundaries. The first being a drawing that I did in class of Suzanne and the teaching assistants. The three homework assignments that I drew at Caraboo coffee and Barnes and Noble Bookstores are also example. As the watercolor also adds to the overall pieces, it really helps stress the no boundaries even more. Although its easy to assume that something without boundaries must be unordered, its not. The overall composition of the watercolor really brings the whole drawing into a secure area.

The more common idea that comes to mind when you hear of boundaries is when there is a physical element that refrains certain things in a situation. A large example of this from design studio was the wall project. Every wall is a defined boundary. This past week, everyone learned about exterior and interior wood frame walls, interior metal frame walls, and concrete and foundation walls. These walls mainly serve as a the structure and boundaries of a house or building. Other wall types from this past week include the Berlin wall that separated East Germany and West Germany in the 1960s. Another form of a boundary is the Great Wall of China that was built to avoid attacks. The Great Wall serves as the longest boundary to man at 4,000 miles long.

definition- a small, graceful literary sketch; an engraving, drawing, photograph, or the like that is shaded off gradually at the edges so as to leave no definite line at the border (
- can tell a story caught in the moment of time (design drawing class discussion)

In Suzanne's design drawing class, we worked a lot with vignettes, and following, in Stoel's class, we were to sketch six vignettes that corresponded with our wall, fairytale and choice of creation story. The vignettes were to be somewhat abstract. Mine are in ways abstract, but abstract in a way that they are more fairytale-like than real life-like. For most of my vignette's I chose to watercolor most of the images, that way they are more visually appealing and also bring the drawing together more. The two that I left out were meant to be simple and detailed that I thought they were interesting without being colored.

In another way, we talked somewhat of vignettes in design theory & history. We have to remember that vignettes are drawings that tell a story with little or no words. Although we are not physically drawing vignettes, we talk of ancient buildings that at one time or another, have a story. The Parthenon is an example because the temple was made for the most important goddess in ancient Greek times. This idea explains why the Parthenon is most important and the largest scale building.

[IN SUMMARY]...scale, unity, boundaries, section, and vignette all relate in some way. Vignettes tell a story of a section in time and have no specific boundary to where it ends, but the images still have unity, especially if blended together with watercolors. These qualities, along with scale, I feel are very important and should be considered in any piece of art.

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