Intro to Drafting - First Assignment

On Friday I began tackling my first drafting assignment.
From the pictures, it looks pretty easy...Don't let the pictures fool you.
As a first timer, it was tricky to get a handle on all the different drafting tools (parallel bar, t-square, triangle squares, architects scales, etc). And it was VERY time consuming!
The assignment was to draw the six specifically patterned squares to the proper scale, making sure all lines and points met up completely precisely.
If you're measurements were even the slightest bit off, the diagonal lines would not pass perfectly through each corner. Super frustrating!
First we did a rough copy on a newspaper pad, and then traced it onto this blocked vellum paper.
The rough copy is still underneath in these pictures, which is why you see some faded lines beneath.

We used a 1" = 1' scale. Using this scale, each square had to be 3'x3', and be spaced 1' apart. Furthermore, they had to start 1'-6" away from the vellum's border on the side and 2'-6" down from the border on the top.

You can't really tell from the pictures, but we had to use different leads for certain lines as well.
 Next drafting class we complete the other half of this project, which is the lettering.

On another note, the bf came to visit this weekend! We went to a Toronto Marlie's game (since the NHL is locked out). It was a lot of fun and the Marlie's won 5-0!
How was your weekend?


Anonymous said...[Reply]

You go girl!! Way to dive right in head first! I know you're going to do great and you know you can email/text me with any questions :) xoxo

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...[Reply]

You are doing great. I would never have the patience to do all that!!!

Taylor Morgan said...[Reply]

I had a class similar to this at my old art school. I know that stuff takes forever! Best of luck! :)

love from NYC,


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Michaela said...[Reply]

Looks great, girl!! Are you loving it?! Lettering is so time consuming but honestly makes the biggest difference. PS. Saw your comment on Kristy's blog about the ASID / interior designer vs decorator thing and really liked your comment :)

Laura at Simply Lowcountry said...[Reply]

Way to go!! I hope you're loving it so far.


Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...[Reply]

That is a challenge for sure! Looks like you did an awesome job!

Holly Foxen Wells of Glamour Mash said...[Reply]

Oh my gosh! I can imagine the frustration if a line was just the tiniest bit off! But it looks like you nailed it, doll! I love learning about your classes in design school. Super interesting to see what you are always up to!!

And yay for the BF visit!


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Kristen said...[Reply]

Good job! My head is spinning just thinking about it. I was never good at these type of things in school!

Laura@happyroost said...[Reply]

haha, been there done that! And glad I'm done with design school remembering these types of projects. You'll make it! I think it gets easier the father along you get. Good luck!


Sita said...[Reply]

Good job, lady! I have to admit, I do not miss school and these types of projects! Looks like you are handling it all very well!

Unknown said...[Reply]

Im so excited to see your projects! I wish you the best Tiff!
Don't worry- youve got what it takes!
xo Nancy

Barbara Matson said...[Reply]

I love drafting. I took many courses in high school and worked as a junior draftsperson one summer in high school, my job was to do the lettering. This was all pre-Autocad, I did it all by hand! Enjoy!