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.

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

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

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  

Andy DOLPHIN - artist  

W.B. Gould’s Sketchbook of Fishes
For a time, Hobart’s only artist was a convict, William Buelow Gould (1801â
A porcelain painter from Liverpool, Gould was transported to Van Diemen’s
Land in 1827 for stealing ‘colours’. Gould’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.

Judith BLACKSHAW - Canning Stock Route Sketchbook

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