This week for my Interior Communications class we practiced Architectural Lettering.
Architectural Lettering is used on drawings made by a designer, architect, etc. It is made by using a straight edge to draw all of the vertical lines of the letters. Letters like C, O, and Q are drawn by freehand.
I had a lot of fun doing this assignment. It was interesting to see the different variations in letters, and how the space between letters and size of letters, can alter the look of the writing so much.
We also had to create a sculpture that represents our identity using design elements and principles, and integrating our name written in architectural lettering on it.
I decided to create a tower that resembles the Eiffel Tower because I have always loved it and I dream of visiting France on day to see it in person.
At first, the model would not stand unless I applied pressure on the top of the model downwards (image 1). After applying glue, it stood! I added a base to the model to reinforce the structure and to allow for easy transport to and from class (Image 2). This base also allowed for me to write my name in architectural lettering on. I wrote my name on bright pink paper to allow for some color to enter the sculpture (Image 3).
For the design element, I curved the shape of the linear elements (sticks) to resemble the Eiffel Tower’s curvilinear physique. The design principle in my model is the balance between the four legs that extend to the top of the tower.
These elements of a curvilinear shape and balance represent me as a designer because I prefer curvilinear details and balance in a space. Balance also represents me as a person because I have always found ways to balance my life between all the things I fill my plate with.
The book “Design Drawing” by Francis D. K. Ching is introducing us to the various ways to use drawing techniques to enhance our drawing skills.
Chapter one covered the role of lines and shapes in contour drawings. The chapter discusses three types of contour drawings:
- Regular Contour Drawing, which “is best done with either a soft, well-sharpened pencil or a fine-tipped pen that is capable of producing a single incisive line” (Page 18).
- Modified Contour Drawing, which begins as a blind contour drawing, uses multiple contour lines to make the drawing. The artist can glance at the page between each contour line to realign self, but eyes are kept on the subject while drawing.
- Cross-Contour Drawing is explained as a volumetric drawing where the lines “flow over ridges and along the hollows of a surface” (page 22).
The chapter also discussed a sighting technique called a “viewfinder.” This technique allows the artist to use a pencil or pen to measure distances or objects with their arm outstretched in front of them towards the subject.
Chapter two talked about how to create tone and texture on a 2-dimensional surface by using color and value. The chapter discussed a few specific ways to do this:
Hatching is made using parallel lines, altering the line weight, type, and thickness to create various textures.
- Cross Hatching is made of “2 or more series of parallel lines” (page 44).
- Scribbling, which is exactly what it sounds like.
- Stippling is made using an ink pen to make a variety of dots, spacing them out according to the texture or value desired. It is by far the coolest type of value making technique to me, but it is time consuming because it requires control.
- Modeling form is using shading to create the textures found on an object.
- Light, Shade and Shadow are achieved by using any of the techniques above, but factoring in the effect of light on an object.