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Scale Figures

This morning’s exercise in Design Visualization was drawing Sara (one of our TA’s) standing in the front of the class as a scale figure.   She did 4-5 poses and we took about 3 minutes for each pose to draw the figure.

Here is my attempt.  

To me, there is a difference between my first try (labeled 1) and my fourth try.  We were given some tips (one being the use of guides as seen on the paper here) that really helped me to visualize.

Then after lunch and my other classes, I came back to the studio and read my design book to get more information on scale figures and to practice.  I found it MUCH easier to draw a scale figure from a person in life – not from memory…

As you can see from my attempt at memory drawing of a scale figure, (see left) it did not work out as well as I would have liked.  I still need to practice and I think I’m off to a good start.

The figure on the top left of the page was my attempt of a scale figure in plan view.  I took a drawing from the book and came pretty close to drawing it how it appears there.

Then, the figure that shows next to the height chart was an additional attempt to try a different method of drawing scale figures shown in the book.  I’m not sure why this was more frustrating to me.  My figure came out to look like the Incredible Hulk which was not the look I was trying for.. 🙂  The figure at the bottom left is my favorite of the attempts on this page.  It’s fun to try different methods to see what works best for me!


Lover of architectural history, family, building design, coffee and dogs.

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