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

 "Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that, but the really great
make you believe that you too can become great."

— Mark Twain

Drawing: You can do a drawing on almost any smooth flat surface. Be sure the surface is clean. Any debris under the paper will cause your pencil to leave dirty marks. Yuk.
Drafting: For drafting, you're going to want a surface that has a straight edge along one side. If your right handed, you'll want the straight edge to be on the left. If you're left handed, you'll want the straight edge on the right. I know, duh.

Lettering for architecture and technical theater is basically the same. Lettering can be very pretty and stylized or it can be fairly boring. What it must be, all the time, is clear and legible. For tech theater paperwork we always use capitol block letters. This can get boring quickly. So, we add some style. A slight slant does wonders. A nice curve to some letters. I've known people who get jobs because of their lettering. Think about it; the person hiring wants to have others think highly of the paperwork coming out of their design studio. If I'm the designer and my assistant is drafting the lighting plot, I want the lettering to have a professional flare.

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