Beginning designers under appreciate the importance of sketching and practicing simple cubes, then adding complexity into and out of them.
Cubes are among the most important of the foundational building blocks
for designers as they establish good understanding of proportions; vital for then understanding and being able to sketch good ellipses and cylinders
for wheels and other design objects.

All too often students try to be "creative", meaning imaginative, when really their drawings and ideas make little sense visually. We may understand their idea, but it isn't well represented if the most basic principles aren't executed well. This is the difference between being in Marketing versus being in Design.

Proportions and drawing logic all begin with cubes. Make CUBES your friend, and you'll gain incredible respect with your future clients and/or employer.

TUTORIALS & HOW-TO GUIDES

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DESN THINKING

MIND / BODY / SPIRIT SUPPORT

1-PT PERSPECTIVE CUBES

2-PT PERSPECTIVE CUBES

2-PT PERSPECTIVE GRID CONSTRUCTION

2-PT PERSPECTIVE CUBES

Once you get familiar with the correct proportions, work on "eye-balling" them. Create compositions, changing the size and placement.

Start playing with rotating the cube while maintaining proper perspective proportions. Add interesting cutouts, with control.

Have fun with nesting.

Always be conscious of creating unique and engaging compositions.

Practice Bi-Secting, finding the accurate vertical and horizontal center axis. This is critical in creating strong representation
of your designed objects. A strong understanding of cubes leads to
strong form study up the road.

COMMON ERRORS ALERT!

1 | EXTRUDED SQUARE - 1-PT

2 | NOT A CUBE — POOR PROPORTIONS

Too tall

Never flatten the front plane, like
a 1-PT perspective.

3 | FAILED CONVERGENCE AND/OR
NOT CONTROLLING VERTICALS

Too deep

Poor verticals and eges do not converge

Poor verticals; not parallel, nor vertical

See also p.32 in Sketching: The Basics for more on some of these common issues.

LEARN ABOUT SCALING OBJECTS

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