|Most senior designers I know insist that doing preliminary sketches on paper is |
far faster, and allows for far more creativity than using even the most sophisticated electronic drafting equipment. The reason that is suggested is that electronic drafting, no matter how sophisticated is still an additional layer between you and the manifestation of an idea.
Even if you know how to draw graph paper makes it easy to keep things in proportion. Isometric or 3D graph paper helps with proportion at the same time it helps you draw in 3D. To that end we are posting for free download some isometric graph paper.
The way you use it is simple. It's just like regular graph paper only the boxes are angled so you automatically end up drawing in 3D. Draw your vertical lines the way you would normally do and then draw your faces and depth on the angled lines. You count boxes to keep square just like you would do on regular graph paper but here you get instant 3D.
To download the paper select the "Knowledge" menu option in the store header, and "Isometric Drafting Paper is on the top left of the drop-down menu. Feel free to download and print as many copies of our isometric paper as you want for your personal use. We have two kinds: horizontal for drawings wider than high, and vertical for drawing that are higher than wide.
In this drawing Tim did of a table he made, you can see how the sketch progressed from a few rough lines to a distinct object in 3D. Hidden lines were removed and shading and lines added to suggest wood grain, surface texture, and the visible parts of the joinery. You can't tell from the sketch but in the final table the centerpiece is a metal bowl, hammered, and installed flush to the table top. What you can tell from the sketch is the idea of a bowl-like recess developing as an idea - which is the whole point of sketching things out.
Note: you can download and print the paper to some scale but in general the best way to do it is to pick an arbitrary unit for example: 1 block = 2" and just count boxes. When you later go on to really draw the item out just count boxes again. It's easier than trying to always print to some exact scale.
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