Throughout the past two weeks, I worked on both observational and visualization drawings to generate the most ideas possible.
How could observational drawing be a useful technique in the define & inquire phase of the design process?
Observational drawing can be a useful technique in the define and inquire phase. Observational drawing allows us to specifically capture and see the qualities of an object. The details and essential spirits of the object are seen when drawing the object. It additionally make us develop into deeper ideas along with providing us a starting point to sketch. For example, when drawing a fruit, there are several elements that we need to focus on. The texture, color, value, and other vital aspects are all needed to be observed in order to draw. In the process of observational drawing, we see all these elements and try to apply them to our drawing. This action involves the core ideas for the develop and inquire stage, because we notice inspirations and details to the object. We then further develop with the newly thought ideas.
Briefly describe what you did for the observational drawing part of the unit.
In this unit of observational drawing, I did several activities that involved techniques related to observation. For example, activities such as drawing an object in 10 seconds, without looking at the paper, using non-preferred hand, and without taking the pencil off the paper. These quick sketches, but with detail in capturing key ideas of the object, allowed me to warm up my ideas and drawing techniques, which is the purpose of doing observational drawings. Additionally, I also did activities that were mainly to capture form, texture, and tone. I drew glass materials, metallic objects, and fruits for each of the elements.
Include images of all of your observational drawings.
What is visualization drawing and what are the biggest challenges?
Visualization drawing is where designers visualize their own ideas on their own and sketch it out. There are enormous variations and ideas that can developed, which is extremely helpful to create individual ideas that are not shown in other people’s works. It makes us capture ideas in our imagination, which is a bit more complex than observational drawing. The inspiration and the drawing technique all relies on our thinking. The biggest challenge of visualization drawing is that there are no references nor inspirational works that we see. All the ideas and the drawing are dependent to our visualization and imagination. The ideas need to be clear in our minds and we have to illustrate the idea down on a paper (which also involves drawing skills).
Briefly describe what you did for the visualization drawing part of the unit.
In this unit of visualization drawing, I drew ideas that were related to ISB’s 40th anniversary logo competition. I drew several sketches that involved both visualization and drawing techniques. There were different designs that I tried to draw in different themes. For example, there were drawings that were more focused on the school’s mascot (dragon) and there were drawings that were more focused on the number 40. This activity allowed me to generate ideas on my own.
Include images of all of your visualization drawings.
After sketching out as many ideas possible, I moved onto the specifics of the drawings that I chose.
Overall, through this unit of observational and visualization drawing, I got the chance to warm up my drawing skills and generate numerous ideas. Next time, I would need to focus on simplifying the drawings for the visualization stage.