VPG Project 2: Orthographic Projections

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  • Render fabrics, furnishings and surfaces to represent true color, texture, style, and three-dimensionality
  • Refine precision and neatness in drawing
  • Develop writing skills related to design concepts
  • Develop time management skills


Produce rendered orthographic views of a residential living room floor plan and its corresponding elevations. Arrange the five drawings on a single drawing sheet for presentation or create a model.

Media: Black ink, colored art pencil, graphite

Design Requirements:

  • Select one of the floor plans provided for your project. Each is at 1/4″ = 1′-0″ scale with the interior dimensions of 24′-6″ x 18′-0″. The interior walls are drawn with a 5″ thickness and the exterior walls (on two sides) represent a brick veneer.
  • Elevations should have a minimum ceiling height of 9′-0″.
  • Design a ceiling that is not flat. It should have a distinctive profile (such as a vault, shed, cove, etc.).
  • Indicate a significant area of windows on the exterior walls (should not be small windows).
  • Arrange furnishings and accessories as desired. Do not let arranging furniture take too much time away from inking, rendering and creating the presentation layout.
  • Select and collect visuals of furniture, rugs, art, accessories, etc. to be incorporated into your design. These will allow you to draw the pieces accurately and develop your attention to detail.

Drawing Requirements:

  • All drawings should be completed in ink and rendered with colored art pencil.
  • Include a human figure at the correct scale in two of the elevations (use entourage).
  • Images for wall hung art can be used if desired.
  • Final size of drawing sheet = 16″ x 20″¬†(horizontal or vertical orientation)

Writing Requirements:

  • Write a 200 – 250 word design concept narrative. The narrative should be a clear, concise, visually descriptive “story” that describes the style and atmosphere of the space you’ve created. Think of it as a way to paint a picture with words. Use design-specific terminology.
  • Start with identifying the client and location, then address their needs, concerns or requests through the solutions you are proposing.
  • Do not write this in first person, or otherwise refer to the designer in your writing. Rather, place the focus on the design itself.
  • Following are a few categories to consider as you craft the narrative:
    • Style + Character (motifs, features, historical references)
    • Function + Space Utilization (circulation, usability, decorative, adjacencies)
    • Materials + Finishes (walls, floors, ceilings, furniture, doors, windows)
    • Color + Lighting (scheme, hues, natural, artificial, accent, general)
    • Accessories + Accents (special objects, focal points)
    • Connection to the exterior (views, orientation)
  • A template with formatting will be provided. Print and submit narrative with final drawing.

Text References:

  • Scalise pages: 29, 33, 46-52, 69, 100-108, 156-165191-192, 217-219, Chapters 8, and 9
  • Michael Doyle pages: 41-49; 69-71; 76-88; 95-97; 100-101; 113; 125-127; 313 (layout)
  • Retrocolor Method 58-59; 289-294
  • Refer to Mitton; p. 200; Color plates p. 54-63, 80, 151-156

Schedule + Deadlines

  • Tues., Feb. 8: Begin project, discuss orthographic projections
  • Thurs., Feb. 10: Style chosen (collect examples of furnishings and design style elements), rough draft of floor plan
  • Tues., Feb. 15: Rough draft of all elevations, begin final drawings and rendering
  • Thurs., Feb. 17: Rendering, blog post due
  • Tues., Feb. 22:¬†Project due at the beginning of class, critique

Student Examples (link)

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