Professional development around practical and
creative topics. Members receive a significant
discount on the booking fee.
Digital Sketching and Visual Communication
Spring 2024
dates to be confirmed
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Costs for a 4-week course
Members: £225.00
Non-members: £325.00
Students: £162.50
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Course delivered by Trevor Flynn and Radu Axinte, Drawing At Work

The course complements the existing Drawing Gym for Engineers and builds on traditional hand-sketching skills. It aims to help attendees be fluent in the use of electronic sketching as an integral part of their design thinking, enabling sketch practice across interoperable platforms. Sketching principles established in the short exercises can be applied to a limitless number of other visual communication scenarios. The course will focus on Wacom and Surface screens and is designed so iPad users can join using Adobe Sketchbook or Procreate.

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Session 1
Introduction to Adobe Sketchbook software; clear instruction on how to use the interface, import and sketch over files, and first steps with free-style sketching utilising brushes, layers, rulers, scale sketching, colour, line-weight. Saving and exporting files. The session combines skills upgrade, purposeful play, tips.

Session 2
A Google Earth image, found by using exact co-ordinates in a 5-minute exercise will be isolated, reduced in opacity, rotated and used as an underlay for an exploded diagram

Session 3.
A worked exercise, sketching over an underlay of a curved restaurant roof, shown in Axonometric projection. Attendees extrude the roof in 3d from plan, using the curved ruler tool, in nine stages.

Session 4
A process sketch described visually in three to five stages. Selecting effective viewpoints, making animation - type procedural sequences. Inexperienced engineers follow the worked example, experienced engineers choose to sketch their own examples.

“I’ve had great feedback about the course and also seen in my team a real leap forward in the digital sketches my engineers who attended have been producing.” Susan Mantle Technical Director Heyne Tillett Steel