Why is it important to learn how to draw?
So you can communicate ideas, inventions, creations, feeling solutions and much more!
Graphical communication is the universal communication of all humans’ regardless of what language they speak. Unlike other forms of drawing that are heavily reliant on the drawer's ability technical drawing can be quickly learned and does not require a large amount of artistic ability. What it does require is patience, practice, and diligence.
This portion of DDP (Design and Drawing for Production) is basic drawing skills. Students will learn 6 basic hand drawing styles within the first 10 weeks of DDP. Before being able to design a successful solution it is important that students learn to communicate their ideas effectively through a means of graphical representation. Since all design has elements of art involved at some level students begin to learn to draw in a technical by creating pictorial drawings. The first two types of drawings that students will learn about and create are:
1 Point Perspective & 2 Point Perspective
These two types of drawings do not demand a high amount of technical expertise, but they do require students to learn how to; create a title block, become comfortable using hand drawing tools, be responsible with classroom tools, create a title block, develop shading to give the drawing depth.
Once done with these two basic drawing types, the next drawing types they will learn how to do will be oblique. Oblique drawings are very similar to 1 point perspective drawings in that the face or fronts of the object closest to the viewer Oblique drawings are broken down into two separate classifications, they are;
Cabinet Oblique & Cavalier Oblique
These two drawings are slightly more technical and involve actual measurements, and depth lines in oblique drawings go back at an angle of 45 degrees and not to a vanishing point. Perspective drawings and oblique drawings give the false illusion of depth. Cabinet oblique drawings show true width and height but the depth is shortened by half of actual measurements. Cavalier oblique drawing are exactly the same as cabinet oblique however they are drawn to full depth. Students will learn how to; accurately measure objects, change scale of drawings, use more drawing tools correctly.
Once done with these types of drawings students will then move into even more accurate technical drawings types, isometric and orthographic. Most highly technical drawings that are used by engineers, inventors, innovators, architect alike involve at least one form of orthographic or isometric drawings.
Isometric is very similar to a two point perspective drawing in that the front of the object does not appear to be closest to the view. Both the depth and width of the object are drawn back at a 30 degree angle while height is still displayed vertically. All measurements are drawn to scale indicated in the title block.
Orthographic drawings display only one side of an object at a top; front, back, left, right, top, or bottom. The reason for this is to allow for more information (measurements, leader lines, etc) to be displayed on a particular side without overwhelming the drawing. The typical sides of the drawing that we typically will draw are the front, top, and right side view.
Once students have learned about and completed all of these basic drawing skills it is then time to learn how to design! And for that we will use the Perry Regatta unit. In that Unit students will learn how and why project planning is important and how it helps to create more successful solutions.