Exploratory sketching

My goal of attending this assignment was to improve my communication skills regarding the presentation of my project. Although I didn’t use the skills learned in this assignment for the final presentation of my project; they were useful when working out concept sketches.

Within the assignment I learned about the exploratory and communicative side of sketching.  When looking at the communicative side of sketching I learned about setting up a scene and drawing in perspective. When exploring with sketches I learned a couple of techniques to use sketches in idea and form explorations. Within my project I used the skills I learned to explore concept ideas and communicate them with my coach.

To keep developing my sketching skills I want to keep practicing drawing products and scenes. Within the sketches I did towards the end of the assignment I noticed that I know how to sketch good perspective and how to render the sketches properly. The thing I need to practice most is my motor skills. Straight lines and symmetrical ovals and circles are still hard to do and therefore I want to keep practicing, since that is the best way to develop these skills.

Within the feedback given on this assignment I got the tip to keep practicing my motor skills and further develop a more loose and efficient style. I learned a lot of techniques that I could incorporate in my project and will incorporate in future projects.

Sketches for project

Within my project I used both the exploratory as the communicative side of sketching.

The technique of doing sketch battles, quick rough sketches, was used when exploring new ways of reminding people of the groceries they needed to get. This helped me with quickly coming up with a lot of ideas.

When looking at the communicative part of sketching I tried to make visual drawings in the beginning of the project to explain concepts during coach meetings and the Mid-Term Demo Day. These sketches did explain the concept; however they could be more communicative. When comparing these sketches with the sketches I later made for my project and the assignment I notice that they become more and more visually communicative. Having better sketching skills will not draw the attention of the viewer to the flaws in the sketch; instead it will help explain a product or concept better.

The pictures within the slider show the sketches made before beginning the assignment, the sketch battles that were used when exploring concepts and the concept explanation drawings used within a coach meeting.

Explore with sketches

The explorative side of sketching helps to come up with ideas fast; drawing helps to stimulate the flow of thoughts. This is so because you immediately react to what you see. The techniques used in the assignment are useful tools to help in an exploratory process of a project.

Techniques we learned during the assignment were using sketch battles, scenes, or a basic product shape to explore new ideas. Sketch battles are sketches mostly made with 2 people where you draw out a scenario as quickly as possible, you have to react to what the other person draws. This is a technique that I also used within my project. An example of a sketch battle is the drawing of a person wanting to make noise, while the other one stops her.

Using scenes when exploring new ideas helps you to draw ideas on an already filled in paper. Drawing on a white paper does not activate a flow of thoughts; however when taking a drawn out scene you are able to draw product ideas into this scene. An example of such a scene is the drawing of the smart paper.

Lastly using a basic shape of an object you want to redesign helps you to focus on the form of the object. Having an under layer which already has a perspective and consists of basic cubes and cylinders you are able to alter these shapes within several sketches to quickly come up with different forms. An example of such an exploration is the drawing of the selfie camera.

Drawing a scene

When looking into drawing scenes I learned how to draw figures and faces first. For all the drawings we used a reference picture, because it is not important that you can draw these figures from the top of your head; communicating the idea is the most important point. When setting up a scene it is difficult to have a unique perspective when drawing this from the top of your head. For this part we acted out the scene and took pictures from different angles. These pictures where than printed out and traced over. This enables you to have that sketchy drawing without having to figure out the positions of each character in the scene. This scene was used to explore new concept ideas.

Drawing in perspective

Looking at products it is important to be able to draw cubes and cylinders in perspective. These always form the bases of an object. After practicing these skills we started with drawing products from reference pictures. This enables you to investigate the rules of perspective and try to redraw the original product. Here it becomes clear that you want to twist the perspective on paper, such as drawing the top larger, even though this is not the case in the picture. When this becomes clear you can pay attention to this to not make this mistake again.

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