Unit 1-Lesson 1- DESIGNING 3D WITH A MODEL SHEET-April 7

Hi 😊

I hope you got your sketchbook ready to use.  We are going to work on drawing and designing sculptures using MODEL SHEETS.   The model sheet is used to plan a 3D sculpture, usually for an animation character.  The goal for this unit is to expand your 3D awareness so that you can design a sculpture from each of the different views that it occupies.

Lesson 1

In this lesson I would like you to experience drawing a simple object that you have at home, from multiple points of view.  The views will be: 1. Front view, 2. Side view, 3. Back view, and 4. ¾ view.   Here are two examples of model sheets of two different toy characters:

         

You need:    a clean sketchbook page, a pencil, an eraser, a ruler or a straight edge, an everyday object from your room that has some contours to it (this could be a cartoon character, a tape dispenser, or a shoe.

1st:  Lay your page landscape layout (so the wide side lays across, not up and down) . Draw four horizontal lines across the entire page approximately 3 cm apart from each other. You will use these lines as guidelines for maintaining the placement of the important landmarks of the object.  Notice how in the drawing above the kid’s shorts end at the same line for all 4 drawings.  And the stripe on his shirt lands on the same line for all 4 drawings.  His eyes are located on the same horizontal line for all 4 drawings, etc.  This is why you put the horizontal lines on the sketchbook page.

2nd. Divide your page into four sections across the page. Each of theses sections will be for one of the four drawings.

3rd.  . Draw the object from the front view so that the object fills the entire space within the four horizontal lines.  Keep your drawing as close to the LEFT EDGE of the page as you can.  Draw carefully, showing the outside contour and the inside features.

4th:  Draw the object from the side view.  Be sure that the landmark parts of the object line up horizontally with the drawing of the front and the object is drawn the same total height.

5th Draw the object from the back view.  Be sure that the landmark parts of the object line up horizontally with the drawing of the front and the object is drawn the same total height.

6th. Draw the object from the ¾ view, that is with it facing sort of sideways and still a little to the front. Be sure that the landmark parts of the object line up horizontally with the drawing of the front and the object is drawn the same total height.

That’s it!!!   Well done 😊  Give yourself a pat on the back.  You are now a certified model sheet illustrator.  Take a photo of your model sheet and email it to me.

Check out this model sheet illustrator’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCIS92ontFs

 

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