Saturday, May 21, 2011

Spring Semester Projects

I wanted to share with you a couple of projects that I recently completed for the Spring semester.  Below, is my very first presentation board that I designed for my Graphic Presentation class.  We were given the Floor Plan that you see on the board and were asked to pick out the fabrics, furnishings, and finishes for the room that reflected our own design style.  The room that I designed is in the Casual Contemporary Style that I like.

I drew the room in a two-point perspective on velum and color rendered it by hand.  While it is true that most interior designers no longer draft and color render by hand, I enjoyed the experience of drawing and color rendering this perspective by hand.  We will be using AutoCAD, SketchUp, Photoshop, and Podium for our rendered perspectives from now on, however, I think the experience of drawing everything by hand for this project helped me to understand the principles of perspective, and will be most valuable when I am meeting with a client and I need to draw a quick sketch by hand. The ability to draw quick perspective sketches in client conferences and in team meetings should be a very useful tool.

The other project I wanted to share is our Final from my AutoCAD class.  We were asked to choose a kitchen plan that we like and draw three elevations and one isometric of the room as well as the room dimensions.  I used my own kitchen floor plans for this project.  

If someone had shown me this final drawing in January and told me that I would be drafting this on the computer by the end of the semester, I would have been skeptical that I could do something so technical using a computer (remember, I grew up without computers!).  My instructor, Holly Barker, was very helpful and patient with me.  I know there were days when her patience was tried by my frequent questions and there were many times when I was frustrated and doubted my own abilities, but Ms. Barker was always very encouraging and would tell me she knew I could do it.  We will be getting a lot of practice using AutoCAD this summer to complete our Residential and Commercial projects, so hopefully, I will gain more confidence as I go.