Today, we tackled fat space, or cubic space. And the first thing we learned, after being asked to draw a cube, was that 90 percent of the class and likely most of the populous has an unrealistic idea of what a cube looks like on paper. Simply put, what you would likely draw as a cube is impossible.


How Cubes Should Look on Paper

I won?ǨѢt get into the history of drawing cubes (it dates back to the 1200s), but I will say that our collective ?Ǩ?impossible view?Ǩ of cubes relies on our conception of a cube, not our actual perception. This means that we apply knowledge of a cube to render it rather than using visual information. If we’re not aware of that, our drawings will suffer. Essentially, an accurate drawing relies on acute perception, not conception.

Intriguing.

Notes

  • Conception frames perception (arguable: some say the reverse is true)
  • A stick-figure drawing is symbolic, a photograph representational: both are abstract
  • Must have some knowledge to draw something, i.e., must have schema and structure
  • Doodling is not drawing
  • Changing point of view is absolutely critical for a designer

I Prefer Warm Gray

My favorite part was using my new markers. Though I did mix it up with pencil, because I forgot to buy a 30% gray marker yesterday. I remedied that after class, when I bought a 30% warm gray and 50% warm gray (below is 50% cool gray) because I think warm looks better.


Shaded Planes

(Yesterday?ǨѢs homework assignment never saw the light of day. Thank god.)