We draw to see. We draw to understand.
We are culturally conditioned to draw only what we see. We are culturally conditioned to draw with the mindset of an artist.
Yet we are designers of objects. We are responsible for the creation of complete, resolved enclosures. We are responsible for the sides, interiors and volume of our objects, be they buildings or a computer mouse.
Transparent Drawing rejects conventional representational drawing. Transparent Drawing holds that our use of the linear perspective and the two dimensional realistic drawing limits our understanding of objects in the world.
When you draw transparently, you are given a superior understanding of your object. When you draw transparently, you simultaneously understand the exterior form and the interior space.
With an artistic mindset, we don’t draw what we can’t see. And because we don’t draw it, we can’t understand it. Drawing transparently lets us see and understand the complete object or enclosure, all at once. Transparent Drawing promotes a holistic understanding of a volume.
Designers are problem solvers. Designers are not artists.
Analogue. Pencil and Paper. One drawing. Nothing hidden. Everything revealed.
Transparent Drawing makes you free.
TRANSPARENT DRAWING AS A THEORETICAL POSITION
TD holds that our classical understanding of the linear perspective and the two dimensional drawing has a limited bandwith.
The theory proposes that we use drawings that are transparent to re animate our human understanding of how the world works. The simple act of producing drawings in which all sides of an object are resolved is at the heart of the theory.
The theory operates at the intersection of the visual and literary components of our culture. TD posits that the visual needs to be given superior or equal parity with the literal in our culture.
Attention is given to previously unstudied facets of the act of design. Some of these include:
-psychology of the client /designer interface
-transparent travel drawing methods
-new drawing projections; The Choisey One Point
-methods for fresh form generation
Transparent Drawing seeks a re engagement and integration of our bodily observations. Employment of this theory will only lead to designers becoming better at what they do.
While Transparent Drawing began as simply a fun way to approach drawing, it has expanded to consider the broad societal and cultural implications of analogue design drawings.
IN A NUTSHELL
To draw transparently, you simply show all sides of an object on your piece of paper. So instead of drawing
this you draw this
Note how you can see all sides of the simple gable form. As a designer, the image on the right should be our default. Yet the image on the left is what we are taught to draw and is our cultural default.
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