Text in Perspective, Part 1

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Each day this week, pick a simple product with large, easy-to-see text on its surface. Sketch the product quickly in 2-point or 3-point perspective. Then add the surface text.

As you sketch, observe how the surface changes the text. Edges that are straight and parallel when you view them straight-on will look different in perspective. They may bend around a curved surface, or converge to a vanishing point (just like any other group of straight, parallel lines). Some parts of the text may also get narrower, while other parts stay the same. Read More

Site Notes

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Over the next 2-3 weeks, I’m going to make some changes to the posts on this site, so they’re easier to reference during the school year. I won’t delete any posts, but the titles, tags and categories will all be updated. If you’re looking for a specific post, you may need to do a little searching before you find it. Sorry about that. Fortunately, the new site is still fairly small, so you should find everything fairly quickly. Read More

Round Products & Parts

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Each day this week, sketch a round product: something that’s clearly based on a cylinder, a sphere, or a cone. The whole product doesn’t need to be round, but a large part of it should be.

As you sketch, pay special attention to how the round parts affect the rest of the product. Start with these questions: Read More


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For the first three days this week, choose a mass-produced, hi-tech product. Sketch it, but make it look like the product was made by hand out of lo-tech materials, like wood, or stone or riveted steel. If your product requires power, you might think about turning it into a clockwork-powered, steam-powered, or creature-powered device.

For the next three days, choose a hand-made, lo-tech product, and make it look like it was mass produced from hi-tech materials, like injection-molded plastic, carbon fiber, or advanced ceramics. You may also want to add modern features, like power-sources or displays. Read More