Now that we've printed out all the parts to our model, it's time to assemble the paper into a simple 3-D model.

Instructional video showing a method of drawing a theatrical flat using VectorWorks. The result is a flat in 3-D.

Drafting a 2-D theater flat using Vectorworks. This is just one method, of many, for drawing a 4x8 B'way style flat. It runs about 20 minutes and covers a lot of the tools/functions in Vectorworks.

Video from my Drafting and Drawing for Theater class at Columbus State University. Here I show very simple stuff including: taping the paper down, holding the pencil to draw various thickness lines, using a stage lighting template, using a parallel ruler, etc.

For info on the lighting template, visit Field Template...

Using a Scale Ruler is one of the most important skills share by both designers and technicians. This video shows my demonstration on how to use a Scale Ruler pdf (free) and a plastic scale ruler to start measuring and marking a Scale Ruler Worksheet my students need to complete for class.

Note about the PDF scale ruler and the worksheet:

These scale rulers are certainly not as accurate as the plastic versions that you should actually use. Please check your settings on your computer before printing these out to make sure that you are printing the page at 100%. If your printer output is set to “fit to page,” these will be significantly off.

Here are some videos to help learn sketching.

This video inspired me to suggest a session for the USITT National Conference. We called it "Analog Sketching for the TD." It shows the drawing of a cleve, from start to finish, using markers. One of the keys to the artist's process is turning the paper while s/he draws. One particular technique I've picked up is using a finger to help guide the pen during shading. The finger works as a stopper of sorts.

youtube user vcTECsketch

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