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SKETCH SEQUENCE DRAWINGS

 

V. Ryan 2014

 

 

 
 
When planning the manufacture of a product or recording stages of manufacture, a ‘sketch’ sequence drawing is ideal. This is composed of a number of sketches. Each sketch represents a stage and is accompanied by basic explanatory notes (see examples below).
 
Designers sometimes use ‘sketch’ sequence drawings to plan the detailed manufacture of a product. They allow the designer to consider every stage, so that when the manufacturing takes place, potential production problems have already been solved. This saves time and money. Sequence drawings go ‘hand in hand’ with flowcharts.
 
 
 
EXAMPLE SKETCHES
 
The sketch and notes opposite, represent an early stage in the manufacture of a jewellery box. The sketches are drawn freehand and in 2D. They have been drawn without the use of drawing aids, such as rulers and set squares. A quick, simple and clear sketch is all that is required. There is no need for excessive detail, such as including the grain of the wood or colour.

The notes are brief and to the point.
   
This stage of manufacture has been sketched / drawn as a 3D presentation. The basic outline has been drawn using a ruler, because 3D drawing (isometric drawing) is much more difficult than 2D. The ‘limited’ detail showing the joints has been sketched, freehand.

Again, the notes are brief.
 
 
 
The final product has been sketched, through a combination of a ruler and freehand sketching techniques. The ruler has been used to draw the basic 3D outline accurately. The rest of the jewellery box has been sketched. In addition, limited colour has been applied to the sides. Only necessary detail has been included. Consequently, the detail of the joints has been left out, as this has been shown in an early sketch.
 
The more a designer relies on the use of drawing equipment, the longer the ‘sketch’ sequence drawing takes. The sketching of each stage should be quick. Working out what to sketch at each stage, is what usually takes the time, as it requires real planning and consideration.
 
(Go to the GRAPHICS INDEX page of this site for information and exercises on sketching and colour rendering.)
 
 
 
SAMPLE 'SKETCH' SEQUENCE DRAWING
 
 
 
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