VPG Project 3: Isometric Drawing

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Create a presentation quality drawing of a room using an isometric view.

Media: Ink, Art Pencils and Markers


1. On a piece of paper (drawing or trace), draw an isometric rectangle (30º angle from horizontal) that is 25′-0″ wide by 26′-0″ long at 3/8″ = 1′-0″ scale. Divide the rectangle into a grid with 1′-0″ x 1′-0″ squares.

2. Overlay the isometric grid with tracing paper and, using the floor plan provided for reference, draft an isometric view of the floor plan. Use the reference points and grid to begin and include the walls, windows and door as shown. Be sure to position the platform and step on the grid as well (this will be on the same plane as the floor plan at this point).

3. Place the furnishings and accessories in the isometric view according to the position on the reference floor plan grid. Remember all areas of the drawing are at 3/8″ = 1′-0″ scale.

4. Build the interior walls up to a ceiling height of 9′-6″ on the back window wall and the fireplace/bookcase wall. (Do not draw a grid on the walls.) Locate and draw the windows on the back wall.

5. Build the furnishings and platform up in height (see Standard Heights below) in isometric view. This is accomplished by using a 30º triangle against a t-square to establish positions along axial lines. Furnishings in the foreground should be drawn first as they will obscure some elements in the background.

6. Finalize the isometric view with window treatments, art/accessories on the walls, books/collectibles within the cases, tabletop and mantel items, and upholstered furniture materials.

7. Create a final inked drawing on marker paper and render with marker and colored pencil. Mounting TBD.

Standard Heights:

  • 30″ – Table on platform
  • 18″ – All seat heights
  • 38″-42″ – Dining chair heights
  • 33″ – Back and arm of chaise
  • 30″ – Firebox opening
  • 42″ (min) – Mantle over fireplace w/lower edge (may be higher for design purposes)
  • 36″ – Back of sectional
  • 6″ – Step risers
  • 30″ – Bookcase base (includes standard toe space)

Other important aspects: Be sure the size, proportion and placement of the art, plants and accessories is appropriate for balance. Remember circles in isometric view are ellipses, so use an ellipse template.

Methodology references in course text:

Sky (pg. 211), shading a tree (pg. 184, 198-200), city scape view (pg. 201-202), lighting (pg. 114+), books (pg. 101), wicker furniture (pg. 97), leather furniture (pg. 95), wall details (pg. 80-81), shadows (pg. 70-75).

Schedule + Deadline

  • Tues., Feb. 22: Isometric drawings explained, Project introduced
  • Thurs., Feb. 24: Draft isometric grid and floor plan, Draft back walls, windows, fireplace and bookcases, begin drafting furnishings in isometric viewDraft furnishings in isometric view with detail specific to style
  • Tues., Mar. 1: Drafting of back walls, windows, fireplace and bookcases should be complete, Begin drafting furnishings.
  • Thurs., Mar. 3: Introduce rendering with art markers, Begin final inked drawing on marker paper
  • Tues., Mar. 8: Rendering with marker and pencil
  • Thurs., Mar. 10: Rendering
  • Fri., Mar. 11: Project Due by 5 p.m. (critique during class following  Spring Break)

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