Hancock Museum – Sketching Session

14 11 2010

by Aaron Murphy

Last Thursday we all attended the Hancock Museum, for our ‘Communication Skills, Techniques and Approaches’ lecture with Christoph Oschatz. We spent the afternoon drawing objects of our choice from around the museum, and experimented with various sketching techniques; primarily focusing on the use of contours and shading. The fantastic array of objects on show at the museum meant that everyone had the chance to choose subjects which appealed to them, and subsequently meant that there was a great array of individual sketches produced, with subjects ranging from vases to animals. The exercise was thoroughly enjoyable and provided a useful opportunity to learn about drawing techniques employed by other students. During the review sessions each student briefly displayed their work for all to see and described the thoughts and techniques behind their work. It was very interesting to see which materials and general styles other students used, and the feedback given by the lecturer was very useful, in terms of providing ideas for future development of individual sketching styles and techniques.

The book which Christoph used to show us various styles of drawing was very helpful, and over the weekend I found another book, which I think is very useful in terms of conveying methods for sketching, and in terms of introducing suitable drawing materials, specific to urban design and architecture. The book is called ‘Architectural Graphics’, by Francis D. K. Ching, and the latest version was published in 2009.

Swan Contour Sketches by Author

Dinasour Shading & Shadow Sketches by Author




5 responses

15 11 2010

Exactly, I agree with you, it was very good and interesting experience that we have got in this session for all of us, in terms of live a reality drawing experience in place that varied the items displayed between sea creatures, extinct creatures and ancient civilizations etc. This in turn gives the chance of the elements selection diversity, it means so appear different tastes, beside to highlight the abilities of individual for each student. As some of them, although they selected their preferable complicated objects, but they show them in brilliant means.
For me, this confirms that the hand drawings are always reflects the personality of the person who charted.

By Siham Saleh

19 11 2010

Those sketches are wonderful – I’d love to see some of the others that were produced on the day – would anyone like to post some?

4 01 2011

As the sketch is the basic skill for the architect and urban designer, the communication skill module is very useful to support the expression of our design. With the background of urban planning, showing the ideas with graphic design is the biggest challenge for me this year. The afternoon in Hancock Museum was quite interesting. We practiced structure sketch and smooth shadow sketch in relaxed atmosphere. I quite interested in the Egyptian mystery sculpture. I think the charm of structural sketch comes from dismantling the complex into several basic geometric shapes, and showing the handover relationship between them. The concept of light and shadow is another way to show the objects. The degree of the gray represents the logical relationship of space.

5 01 2011

Well put Aaron, the exercise was so essential because we were asked to explore throught basic sketching techniques of using strokes.
not only it helped in improving and learning the various ways in which different people explored the technique, but also the fact that how to understand an object its geometry and finally to represent it so as to be understood by others.
the second part of the exercise where we were asked to sketch using only shadows was i believe the better one as it forced us to derieve the object through the various shades and it really help in a way that the nuances of the objects were observed.

5 01 2011

Sketching is not only important tool for designers but it is also fun.
When I was a student in my university, I hated to learn sketching modules as I had my computer and I thought I could draw anything with it. For years, I changed my mind since a new project had come along with a new idea. I hunted for pens and papers and went through the motions of sketching; and then I spent hours and hours on my computer to refine this single idea. However, I recognized that the more I rushed to work on computer refining my very first ideas, the more I missed out all the opportunities sketching provides, because over time, I could come up with better and better ideas.
Sketching is fast, rough and dirty and may convey a great idea that only one person can understand it who is… its maker. But it really saves time and helps you go through as many ideas as you could invent.
Lastly, sketching is fun. Once you are familiar with sketching, you will enjoy it as your sketch will convey your emotion and inspiration that no images taken from camera can have.

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