Students wishing to attend any Architectural school will need to develop strong sketching skills.  Learning to draw using grids in the example below, then use the transfer method shown at the bottom, then start using larger grids.  The most important part of sketching is proportion, the geometry, then values. for 3D prints designs.   Is a great website for designing your own house.  Using, students can master Revit software easier.

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When you create the grid, you may want to add more grid divisions in more complex areas.  This image must be rotated 90 degrees and the grid copied to the right of it.  This will allow the image to fill an 8x10 printing space for a larger image.  Add extra grid lines for small details.  Always print in grayscale, by changing the properties or preferences for the printer, selecting color, then select print in grayscale.


  Today students are using two different types of images; Raster and Vector.

  This is the type of grid you will create using AutoCAD.

Students are using Photoshop to load a raster image that they will modify by using the User Interface (menus).  Students will open an image, resize it, change the resolution to 300 dpi, select and modify different parts of the image, and save it. 

Then students will open AutoCAD, and insert the Raster Image, using Attach.  They will then use AutoCAD’s User Interface to draw a vector grid over the image.  The grid will use grips to draw a border around the image.  Then they will draw lines from corner to corner using the intersection osnap or grips.  Students will then draw a horizontal and vertical line from midpoint to midpoint of the border.  Students will complete the grid by dividing each section into smaller diagonal grids.  Students will use the trim or extend commands to complete t he grid.  Students will finish by plotting the extents of the image scaled to fit an “A” size paper either portrait or landscape, to a file named, “1,3,or 4-Name-Raster to Vector-9-19-2014”   Select at least three of these free tests to take to get an ideal of careers that are best suited for you.   Take this free Typefocus test to see what kind of personality you currently have.  Today, I was an ENTP,  usually I test as an ENTJ.

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Using AutoCAD to design a tool holder for drawing pencil sets.  You will need to organize all our your drawing tools and pencils.  Measure each entity and make a sketch of each item with the dimensions.   Using 4 Orthographic viewports, begin by creating each of the items, actual size and saving them as blocks.  So you create a cylinder the diameter and length of a drawing pencil, create a block that uses centerpoint of the base of the pencil as the insertion point.  Then create a block for the erasers, sharpeners, etc.

Next, using different colors from the property palette to create the mass for the holder.  Use pline, fillet, chamfer, extrude, trim, join, etc. to create a pleasing exterior shape of the tool holder.  Insert the pencil block and position it in the desired location.  Use rectangular, polar, or path array to copy the block in the desired design and spacing for the pencils.  Use Boolean operations to subtract the shape of the pencils from the tool holder mass.  (Type Subtract, select the tool holder mass to keep, then select each pencil to subtract.  Insert the blocks for the erasers, blending stumps, etc. and subtract them from the tool holder mass.) Try to remove as much unnecessary material as you can and still maintain strength and utility of the tool holder.   Save your work as you go.  Union all to create a single entity to 3D print.  Export as an .STL file, select a folder and file name for the object, then select the object to create the 3D print file.  Open the file in your 3D print software, make sure it is laying flat on your build table before printing.  You can also scale the size of the tool holder .05% larger to allow for shrinkage when printed. 

This will show the date and time in the lower right of the screen.  You should also include your name on the drawing.

This is an example of a holder to keep a drawing set in order.

Use Photoshop to convert an image from color to greyscale and posterize with enough levels to define the shapes.  Use drawing pencils to shade in each area until you match the grey scaled image.  The B leads are for the darker areas, and the H leads are for the lighter area.  You can use Tinted-Gesso mixed to match the shades if you want to paint the image on canvas or wood.