Tuesday, February 10, 2009



Scale can be used in many ways, such as comparing sizes of two figures or making a drawing seem more realistic. It allows the viewer to interpret the piece in the correct perspective. In Suzanne's drawing class, we have been practicing the idea of scale figures.

In this exercise, students came up to the front of the class and posed and we were told to draw them in sixty seconds. Given only a minute, and later a mere thirty seconds, our challenge was to draw proportional people that we later used as scale figures in other drawings.

The Parthenon in ancient Greece is another good example of how scale and proportion is important. When the old temple was burnt to the ground around 450 B.C.E., "a number of column drums of white marble, quarried from Mount Pentele, survived the fire and were reused for the columns of the new temple"(Roth, 236). Keeping in mind the amount of reused material, "the complete harmonization of proportioned parts in the finished building is especially remarkable, for the architects were using elements originally proportioned for a building of different design" (Roth, 236).


A vignette is used to illustrate a scene or an environment without using any definite boundaries or borders. It is a good way to document a scene or environment and allows the viewer to interpret the rest of the surroundings instead of being cut off by a border.

This is an example of a vignette I drew while I was walking around the mall. The edges are soft and seem to disappear which is what makes a vignette different from a regular drawing.

After reading a few stories about creation, I drew this vignette to parallel the sense of progression in the story.

My drawing is meant to illustrate the development of materials throughout time. Starting with stones or rocks as a main resource for building material, wood, and later brick, became more predominate in the architectural twentieth and twenty-first century.


A boundary is something that indicates a fixed limit. A good example of a boundary is a wall. Walls are used as boundaries in the way that they enclose a space. Boundaries can either be a literal wall or object that serves as an ultimate limit, or it can be an implied idea.

I recently built this wall for studio and I think it is a good example of a boundary. Its purpose is to create a place for my artifact, yet I think it does much more than that. In the correct setting, it could be used as a partition wall or a perimeter.

Somewhat literal and somewhat implied, "a roughly triangular, open space was set aside as the agora, whose boundaries were defined by surrounding houses and public buildings," (Roth, 222) northwest of the Akropolis.


When I think of unity, I think about the idea of everything coming together and connecting to one another. After reading a story about creation, I created a vignette using some of the ideas from the story.

The beginning of the story talks about the unity between fire and water and then continues to explain the progression of creation.

The Acropolis in Athens, Greece is a good example of unity. "Most poleis grew gradually, focused on and growing around the remains of a Bronze Age citadel built on an acropolis, a general term for 'high city,' or rocky outcropping" (Roth, 222). The Acropolis served as the center point of everything important and sacred in Athens. "Over centuries, the household shrines in the ancient Bronze Age Athenian Akropolis palace had become sacred sites dedicated to various Olympian gods" (Roth, 222). Holding such great cultural importance, the Acropolis was one way of unifying the entire city of Athens.


In ancient Egypt, documentary evidence of early forms of interior architecture were found through paintings and drawings on walls. "Based on the sections of houses depicted, it is known that houses were sometimes more than one story high" (Blakemore, 7). These section drawings help us understand early Egyptian culture. The "representations disclose such features as spatial relationships, functional uses of spaces, interior architectural details, and decorative elements" (Blakemore, 7).

As we continued to work on the "Pat's Chair" project, we were asked to create two section-cut views of our chair.

Another way to look at the word 'section' is to think about how a building or an environment is sectioned off into different pieces. In ancient Greece, the megaron was comprised of "three components: (1) a hall, (2) a storeroom at the back, and, later, (3) a porch" (Blakemore, 31). These three components, in some form, can be found in any structure, place, or environment.


All of the words for this week seem to come together and form a sort of system. When creating a space, boundaries are one of the first things that are considered. To begin any kind of design project, the limitations have to be known and taken into account. Once the boundaries are dealt with, scale is the next thing to consider. In any design project, the designer is asked to illustrate their ideas, in scale, which shows how everything in a space fits together and is proportioned. The unity of boundaries and scale come together to create an outline of how to begin the design project. One way in which the designer can portray their ideas is by drawing or painting a vignette. A vignette is a good way to show how the proportions all work together to complete the space and allows the viewer to get a feel for the room. For a more technical drawing, a section drawing can be used to illustrate the technicalities and measurements of how the space will logically come together.

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