A freehand drawing is a drawing in which all the proportions and lengths are judged by eye and all lines are drawn without the use of drawing instruments - the only tools being pens/pencils, eraser and paper. Most of the time, the mind is freer to draw if not disturbed by mechanical tools.
WHY DO YOU NEED TO DEVELOP YOU FREEHAND DRAWING SKILLS? The coordination of hand and eye to produce quick and reasonably accurate drawings is a valuable aid to visual thinking. The human brain can generate ideas and images at a very fast rate so rapid freehand drawings allow us to capture moments of inspiration. Freehand drawings are essential for crystallizing ideas in the early stages of design. Through the act of putting ideas down on paper and inspecting them, designers see new relations and features that suggest ways to refine and revise their ideas.
Drawing is one of the primary means of communication among designers and the ability to draw is an essential tool to convey original ideas from the designer to others. The ability to draw clearly and well is one of the most useful accomplishments which a designer can possess.
There are three types of freehand drawings:- Â· Pictorial Â· Orthogonal/Multiview Â· Diagrammatic
EXAMPLES In Theatre Design, freehand drawing is essential for making storyboards, scenery renderings, props sketches, costume sketches and renderings, etc... Most designers also use freehand drawing as a way to think. To see examples of freehand drawing being used in Theatre Design CLICK HERE
Sometimes, the very best way to see how an artist or designer thinks is by looking through their sketchbook. Filled with drawings never meant for public display, these sketches are later used to create a finished presentation. Here are just a few samples - Andrew MAYNARD - architect
Robin CAVE - sketches made on trip around the world
W.B. Gouldâ€™s Sketchbook of Fishes For a time, Hobartâ€™s only artist was a convict, William Buelow Gould (1801â €“1853). A porcelain painter from Liverpool, Gould was transported to Van Diemenâ€™s Land in 1827 for stealing â€˜coloursâ€™. Gouldâ€™s paintings provide a window onto early life in the colony. His exquisite Sketchbook of Fish, a collection of 35 watercolours featuring fish and shellfish, highlights his outstanding artistic abilities at that time.