The Big Draw Sketchbook Work

Here is a digital record of my sketchbook and Notes on the Reading week material –

Sketchbook:

Drawings of The University Museum collection of designer chairs:

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Drawing from memory of an Iconic Chair Advert:

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Large scale A3 drawing of one of the designer chairs (Alvar Aalto):

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Small scale story board – drawing practise:

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Drawing people in a quick style – stories about their connection with chairs:

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We were told to portray emotions with only 6 basic shapes:

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Walk to Slessor Gardens – quick sketches of traffic signs and one drawing of the small gardens in Slessor Garden:

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Objects found along the way to Slessor Gardens:

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Start of Ideas for my Arduino Character:

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Finalised Arduino Character:

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practise of map drawing – DJCAD Library:

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Journey Map Practise:

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Finalised Drawing of the Journey map ready to render in Photoshop:

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Finalised Rendered Journey Map:

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Conclusion of my work:

Doing this module has made me think differently about how I use my sketchbook. Before this module I thought that all the drawings in the sketchbook had to be perfect and be finalised concepts on each page. In this module I used my sketchbook to bring new concepts into the project and to assist my thinking. I was told not to be precious with my drawings and to use them as concepts rather than individual finalised projects.

Reading Week Notes:

“I Draw Pictures All Day”

  • Misinterpretation of people who draw all day (thinking its a waste of practise) – however for designers its an important part of the process.
  • Doodling is a form of language and it is important to reflect on the world around you in the form of sketches.
  • It is more useful to visual learners.
  • 37% of the population are visual learners.
  • Pictures are a universal language, everyone can understand what an image of something is without having to understand another persons language.
  • Visual note taking can be a very interactive experience for the designer and allows the designer to remember more information than they would when just writing notes.

“Ways of seeing (Chapter 7)” – John Berger

  • Publicity images are seen all over the cities we live in.
  • Visual signs of “The Free World” – with “Neon signs”  – this is the idea of manufacturers bringing people to be interested in their products and to convince them to choose their products.
  • Competing images are found all over the modern world, that have transformed peoples lives and constitutes glamour.
  • “Publicity works on a natural appetite for pleasure”.
  • Publicity often used sculptures or paintings that are used to give a luxurious feel to a product.

“The six ways of seeing (Chapter 5)” – Dan Roam, Digital Roam, Inc

  • Selective seeing – looking beyond what there is directly in front of you.
  • Looking at something isn’t seeing as such it is taking in a general amount of information and not particularly analysing it.
  • Getting lost in an overwhelming collection of eclectic images.
  • However just looking can be a good form of collecting a large amount of basic information, where as seeing is more of an in depth collection of concentrated information.
  • The six ways of seeing are – 1) “WE SAW OBJECTS – THE WHO AND THE WHAT” 2) WE SAW QUANTITIES – THE HOW MANY AND HOW MUCH” 3) “WE SAW POSITION IN SPACE – THE WHERE” 4) “WE SAW POSITION IN TIME – THE WHEN” 5) “WE SAW INFLUENCE AND CAUSE AND EFFECT – THE HOW” 6) “WE SAW ALL OF THE COME TOGETHER AND “KNEW” SOMETHING ABOUT OUR SCENE – THE WHY”

 

 

 

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