I did some design drawings today for a client on this stuff. Haven't done
that in a very long time. It was fun, but I lost the mini cigarette butt in
my lead pointed, and my 'scum bag'.
I was never the best draftsman on paper, but I must say I'm not the worst
either. Anyone still drawing on paper?
I have a manual drafting class tomorrow night. :) I feel like I'm
back in high school.
I was dismayed at first (thought it might be AutoCAD) until I realized
that I could get a really nice drawing-- plans, 3D, dimensions,
titleblock, logo, the whole thing-- then frame it as art.
I very much like architectural drawings as art.
Most of it is perfunctory at best, but when it's good, it's humbling to look
at. At my second job out of school, they used to put all the new graduates
next to the best draftsman (technologist) in the studio with the intention
that some of that skill would rub off on us. It did, and I'm still grateful
to the guy.
I ran into a guy like that at my first job. I thought his drawings look
like heck because he used a soft lead with a broad point. The sheets were
all gray with graphite smear.
But, they printed just fine on a diazo paper (ammonia process) and if he
ever made a revision, erasing was easy and all that clean white space
really made the revisions stand out.
I will always remember remodel jobs where we drew the existing stuff in
reverse on the back side of the vellum and the new stuff on the front.
I knew one other guy who would just stare at a blank drawing for about an
hour making a dot on the paper every so often. Then you would look over
at him an hour later and the page was nearly full. Some sort of Zen
Bob Morrison, PE, SE
R L Morrison Engineering Co
I'd be kind of self-conscious at first to have a bunch of people
looking over my shoulder.
...But then I'd get used to it and would want to chat and do things to
make it interesting and stuff...
I'd eventually get around to asking one of them to order pizza and
drinks for everyone; get the other architects and drafters in the
office to all push their tables together and have an all-out drafting
party with embarrassing tunes!
Clients might wonder, though, why there were so many greasy, cheesy
details on their buildings, while other areas that looked kind of
crusty, or like pepperoni or green pepper...
Create a CAD drawing and plot it to graphite and make it look hand-
drawn? *Cool*. Get it to plot various lines and areas in various
pencil-lead weights and soft/hardnesses? I should enquire if there
might be a service like that in town.
I miss the physical aspects of drafting on paper, but there's no turning
back from CAD. Might as well embrace it. Being good at it got me through the
After all, it isn't about making pretty pictures, it's about getting
The only novel that I can think of offhand that was less important
than its manuscript is "On The Road" and THAT, I believe, is based on
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