Drafting the Mondrian’s Cube

EXERCISE #100 | The Mondrian’s Cube

The intent of this exercise is to develop your ability to visualise and communicate form and space by relating two-dimensional orthographic drawings to three-dimensional paraline drawings such as axonometrics and obliques.

1 ASSEMBLAGE | MODEL : Build a 10″x10″x10″ / 25x25x25 cm contained structure by intersecting the three coloured planes; use blue, yellow, and red to distinguish the three planes.
Quick example
2 DRAFTING | SIX VIEWS : Using leadholder with soft and hard leads, draw the six views of your model. Scale it in order to fit an A3 / 8.5 x 14.0in page size.
The six view drawing set layout
3 DRAFTING | ORTHOGRAPHIC VIEWS : Using leadholder with soft and hard leads, draw the three main orthographic views of your model. Then ink it with a black pen using at least two different pen nibs size. Scale it in order to fit an A3 / 8.5 x 14.0in page size.
Quick example

4 DRAFTING | PARALINE DRAWINGS : Using leadholder with soft and hard leads, draw the 30°-30° isometric, a plan oblique, and an elevation oblique. Scale it in order to fit one drawing per an A3 / 8.5 x 14.0in page size.

Sample sheet: isometric, axonometrics, and obliques

5 PRESENTATION | COMPOSITE DRAWING : Using a black pen and the three colours (blue, red, yelllow), bring all these drawings together. Scale it in order to fit the composite drawing on an A2 / 17.0 x 22.0in page size.

Max Hartman presenting his ‘Mondrian’s Cube’ | 11A – SU 2010, UC Berkeley

NOTES ON DRAFTING : The layout lines should be lightly drawn with a 2H lead and the remaining lines with a softer F or HB lead (or similar). Use vellum for the final drawing and tracing for initial layout. When drafting, your focus should be on crisp, and clear lines. Label and date all drawings.

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