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SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, BUILDING AND DESIGN
FOUNDATION IN NATURAL BUILD ENVIRONMENTS
NAME: Natalie Ki Xiao Xuan
STUDENT ID...
DRAFT #1
Sketching is the most common and useful style of visual communication, it is widely used, and
the concept is to p...
building, floor plan or any still-life sketch in general, the first thing to keep in mind at all times is to
draw what you...
FINAL
Sketching is the most common and useful style of visual communication. The
concept is to produce a rough draft of a ...
more durable and less likely to be damaged whilst sketching. Other appropriate
tools are things such as erasers, rulers, p...
ceasing to continue forth when frustration starts to affect the sketch. Effort tends
to affect the sketch more than any am...
done whether you are a child or an adult and everyone tends to sketch in a
unique way. It’s the personal passion, effort a...
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ELG: Project #01: Process Essay Writing (Final)

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ELG: Project #01: Process Essay Writing (Final)

  1. 1. SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, BUILDING AND DESIGN FOUNDATION IN NATURAL BUILD ENVIRONMENTS NAME: Natalie Ki Xiao Xuan STUDENT ID NO: 0318918 WORD COUNT: 872 ENGLISH 1 (ELG 30505) WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 1: PROCESS ESSAY LECTURER: CASSANDRA WIJESURIA SUBMISSION DATE: 2ND MAY 2014
  2. 2. DRAFT #1 Sketching is the most common and useful style of visual communication, it is widely used, and the concept is to produce a rough draft of a drawing, no matter what the subject, with rapid pacing, as it is not meant to be the 'final' product of the drawing. It is also a useful way to jot down inspiration which can later be revised for development of an idea, or to portray an idea or principle to another. Sketching can be done is any medium, but it is mostly done in dry mediums such as pen, pencil, graphite and charcoal. In Architecture, sketching is the first step to creating a design idea to the client. In order to get the job done well, ideas relating to the project are vital, therefore sketching down their inspiration is important, especially when it comes to project design later on. Whilst there is no particular stated guideline or rules to be met when learning how to sketch, there are certain qualities and matters to consider when producing an attractive sketch. To be able to sketch well, one should at least consider and be prepared for the tools that will come in play, the inspiration, technique, subject of the sketch, purpose and attributes. Before the actual sketching begins, some preparations must be met. The first is the basic tools required to sketch. What kind of tools would you need in order to draw out your subject? A medium would have to be selected as this is one of the two main equipments one has to consider before actually sketching. Pencil or pen is the easiest to obtain and work with when it comes to rough sketches, but some would prefer pastels or water-based mediums like paint. The other main equipment is the surface you would be sketching on. For example, bigger subjects that require more detailing and space than a smaller subject would require a larger sized sketch-pad. The material of the surface is also something to take note of. If you are using pen to sketch, it would be much more convenient to sketch on a surface that is more durable and less likely to be ripped or torn whilst sketching. For example, using a pen to sketch on something fragile like thin paper wouldn’t be the best option. Other appropriate tools are things such as erasers, rulers, protractors, clipboards, and so on, so forth. They may not be as vital, but varying on the purpose of the sketch, some would be considered of high importance. Personal preference would cause the selected tools and materials vary, therefore experimentation with a variety of substances can clarify any uncertainty for future sketching. For an architect, freehand drawings are acceptable, but would require certain skill as the logical proportions of the idea would have to be clearly described - lest they risk a misunderstanding of their sketch. With this in mind, it would make drawing instruments like rulers and protractors much more paramount than it would be to someone whose subject does not require the same qualities as an architectural sketch. Other than the drawing utensils, there is something just as - if not more - critical to assess. It's the subject of your sketch. A subject must be chosen when it comes to sketching, and it is fundamental that it is understood well in order to compose an attractive sketch. Features of the subject have to be taken into consideration, for instance, what unique qualities does the subject have? How about the angles and overall shape? Architects would have to bear in mind the structure as a whole, including its size and basic traits. However, despite popular belief, the equipment and subject isn’t the only thing that one would have to acknowledge. There is a key accent that will affect the completed sketch. This accent is the attitude of the artist. Many overlook the importance of having a good attitude when it comes to graphic portrayal. Keeping yourself motivated and inspired with creativity will be an indispensable drive when it comes to the actual process of sketching. It prevents the artist from ceasing to continue forth when frustration starts to affect the sketch. Effort tends to affect the sketch more than any amount of artistic skill. Characters such as concentration, positive emotions and determination would aid the sketch seem more appealing as one would tend to draw clearly with confidence. When it comes to the actual sketching of your subject, the architect sketching for a client would have to know the basic fundamental visual properties of sketching. These would include the position, a form’s location relative to its environment or visual field, the orientation, the position relative to the ground plane or view-point, and the visual inertia, which is the degree of concentration of a form, depending on the geometry as well as the line of sight. All of these elements are of great significance to an architectural sketch. Relating back to a sketch of a
  3. 3. building, floor plan or any still-life sketch in general, the first thing to keep in mind at all times is to draw what you see. If the subject of the architect’s sketch comes from an existing structure, sketching from a reference image tends to help tremendously. Buildings and other architectural structures are always more visually appealing when it is logically proportional and realistic. Therefore, the sketch should be as close to its realistic mirage as it can to make the sketch seem more pragmatic. It would also be wise to have yourself very well prepared with the tools that you might require organized nearby when you sit down to sketch. Other than that, some people find the small factors such as the surface you draw on and the orientation of their sketch-pad helpful as well. To conclude, there can be multiple factors that affect how attractive a sketch can be. From things such as the materials you use, the tools you apply, the subject you study and the mental preparations you make, the main message is that while artistic talent can make the process easier, it doesn’t guarantee a beautiful sketch. Sketching can be done whether you are a child or an adult and everyone tends to sketch in a unique way. It’s the personal passion, effort and dedication you apply when sketching that makes your drawing aesthetically pleasing.
  4. 4. FINAL Sketching is the most common and useful style of visual communication. The concept is to produce a rough draft of a drawing, no matter what the subject, with rapid pacing. Sketching is a useful way to jot down inspiration, which can later be revised for further development of an idea, or to portray an idea to another. Sketching can be done in any medium, but it is mostly done in dry mediums such as pen, pencil, graphite and charcoal. In Architecture, sketching is the first step to presenting a design idea to the client. In order to get the job done well, ideas relating to the project are vital, therefore sketching down inspiration is important. Whilst there is no particular guideline or rules to be met when learning how to sketch, there are certain qualities and matters to consider when producing an attractive sketch. To be able to sketch well, one should at least consider and be prepare for the tools required, the inspiration, technique, subject of the sketch, purpose and attributes. Before the actual sketching begins, the basic tools required to sketch must be assembled. What kind of tools would you need in order to draw out your subject? A medium, which is one of the two main equipments required, would have to be selected beforehand. Pencil or pen is the easiest to obtain and work with when it comes to rough sketches, but some would prefer pastels or water-based mediums like paint. The other main equipment is the surface you would be sketching on. For example, bigger subjects that require more detailing and space than a smaller subject would require a larger sized sketch-pad. If you are using pen to sketch, it would be much more convenient to sketch on a surface that is
  5. 5. more durable and less likely to be damaged whilst sketching. Other appropriate tools are things such as erasers, rulers, protractors, clipboards, and so on. They may not be as vital, but varying on the purpose of the sketch, some would be considered of high importance. Personal preference would cause the selected tools and materials vary, therefore experimentation with a variety of substances can clarify any uncertainty for future sketching. For an architect, freehand drawings are acceptable, but would require certain skill as the logical proportions of the idea would have to be clearly described - lest they risk a misunderstanding of their sketch. With this in mind, it would make drawing instruments like rulers and protractors much more paramount than it would be to someone whose subject does not require the same qualities as an architectural sketch. Other than the drawing utensils, the subject of your sketch should be decided prior to starting as it is fundamental to understand it well in order to compose an attractive sketch. Features of the subject have to be taken into consideration. For instance, what unique qualities does the subject have? How about the angles and overall shape? Architects would have to bear in mind the structure as a whole, including its size and basic traits. However, the equipment and subject isn’t the only thing that one would have to acknowledge. There is a key accent that will affect the completed sketch. This accent is the attitude of the artist. Many overlook the importance of having a good attitude when it comes to drawing. Keeping yourself motivated and inspired with creativity will be an indispensable drive when it comes to the actual process of sketching. It prevents the artist from
  6. 6. ceasing to continue forth when frustration starts to affect the sketch. Effort tends to affect the sketch more than any amount of artistic skill. Characteristics such as concentration, confidence, optimism and determination can actually make a notable difference. When it comes to the actual sketching of the subject, the architect sketching for a client would have to know the basic fundamental visual properties of sketching. These would include ‘the position’, meaning a form’s location in its environment, the orientation, the position relative to the ground plane or view-point, and the visual inertia, which is the degree of concentration of a form, depending on the geometry as well as the line of sight. All of these elements are of great significance to an architectural sketch. Relating back to a sketch of a building, floor plan or any still-life sketch in general, the first thing to keep in mind at all times is to draw what you see. Sketching from a reference image tends to help tremendously because buildings and other architectural structures are always more visually appealing when it is logically proportional. Therefore, the sketch should be as close to its realistic mirage as it can to make the sketch seem more pragmatic. To conclude, there can be multiple factors that affect how attractive a sketch can be. From things such as the tools or materials, the subject and the mental preparations you make, the main message is that while artistic talent can make the process easier, it doesn’t guarantee a beautiful sketch. Sketching can be
  7. 7. done whether you are a child or an adult and everyone tends to sketch in a unique way. It’s the personal passion, effort and dedication you apply when sketching that makes your drawing aesthetically pleasing.

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