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.



  • 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.)