In this series of projects you will be studying the quality of a line in the act of freehand drawing. The series of exercises will begin with explorations of the line on its own and continue to an investigation of automobile parts. These drawing exercises challenge you to develop critical methods of seeing an object and techniques of representation that focus primarily on the qualities of the line. This series of projects are intended to be conducted in parallel with the first Design Studio project, where the primary focus is on the transformation of a line.
In the first set of line studies you are asked to investigate the material relationship between the line and the paper by exploring differences in tonal gradients that can be established through the variation in line weight and density of line.
On a single sheet of 1/2 Imperial size paper (see material list) you are to create a series of gradients that explore different qualities in a line as well as the effects of density and value resulting from a global accumulation. Setup and guidelines:
At least three sheets of 1/2 Imperial size paper with line studies in each quadrant that explore the qualities of lines in the form of gradients.
Now, onto an inquiry into automobile parts. This part of the project challenges you to develop ways of seeing and working with lines to discover an object. We will begin to draw exterior views of the automobile parts with continuous lines (contour lines), beginning with three dimensional views and moving towards an understanding of planar projections – elevations.
Each drawing is to be executed on a single sheet of 1/2 Imperial size paper. Groups of 3-4 students will be given an object to draw. The drawings each of you are to produce are as follows:
4 freehand pencil drawings on 1/2 Imperial size paper.
Building on the previous exercises, you will now work towards producing 1:1 scale drawings of the objects. This project focuses on developing an understanding of planar projection of exteriors (frontal elevations, side elevations, top elevations, bottom elevations) and establishing a relationship between the drawings through regulating lines. Line weight and regulating lines are key in the development of a set of drawings.
You are to produce four elevation drawings at 1:1 scale. These drawings are to be made on sheets of 1/2 size Imperial paper. The layout of these drawings is important as you will need to establish relationships between the drawings. Regulating lines not only help establish relationships between drawings but also aid in the transfer of information from one view to the next. You may use up to four sheets of 1/2 Imperial size paper.
4 freehand pencil drawings of the elevations of your object at 1:1 scale.
In this part of the project you are asked to draw sections through the given object. While you may not be able to see into the “interior” of the objects, and will literally be able to section (cut through) the objects, you can use your prior drawings to assist in the creation of sections. The section should be drawn using continuous lines. The development and understanding of line weight, depth, and topological continuity will be discussed relative to the concept of a sectional cut.
You are to produce 2 section drawings at 1:1 scale. These drawings are to be constructed on sheets of 1/2 size Imperial paper. The layout of these drawings is important as you will need to establish relationships between the section drawings and the elevation drawings for pragmatic reasons. Again, regulating lines will be important in drawing sections as well.
2 freehand pencil drawings of sections of your object at 1:1 scale.