While CAD is quickly making the need to do technical drawings by hand a thing of the past, knowing how to do a multiple view, to-scale technical drawing is still a very valuable skill to have.   Technical drawings, whether done by hand or with CAD, are essential because they show the top, end and side views of a three-dimensional object.  With hand-done technical drawings, each view is generated from a grid of lines that carry over to the next view and back.

Here is an example of a technical to-scale drawing I did for a client:

3-View Technical Drawing for Pear Shaped Diamond Ring by Joana Miranda
3-View Technical Drawing for Pear-Shaped Diamond Ring Design by Joana Miranda

From here, I transferred the design to black Canson art paper and completed the design with watercolor and gouache.  The final result:

Watercolora and Gouache Pear Shaped Diamond Ring Rendering by Joana Miranda
Watercolor and Gouache Pear- Shaped Diamond Ring Rendering by Joana Miranda

For those of you interested in learning more about technical drawings, I highly recommend Adolfo Mattiello’s book Techniques of Jewelry Illustration and Color Rendering.


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