Masses and Voids

Continuing with the practice of engaging my mind and body every morning for an hour, this week, I practiced something radically different. Instead of making sketches and portraits like the previous weeks, this time, for our third round of Visual and Spatial Representation sessions, I made models and orthographic drawings. When I first read the configurations, I found it very difficult to comprehend the final outcome. However, by putting pencil to paper and sketching out the various possibilities of the given configuration, along with peer discussions that proved to be immensely helpful, I was able to gain more clarity. Adding a layer of measurements on the rough drawing made it much easier for me to make the model which incorporated the cut section plane. Making the model was challenging, but fun. I had my head scratching while making the net, but watching the structure come together during the assembly was equally satisfying. Furthermore, this exercise increased my eye for precision, and enhanced my model making skills. On making the model, it was much easier to draft plans, sections and elevations by visualizing an imaginary line passing through the model wherever required.

Orthographic Drawing: Plans and sections of the model shown above.

The VSR3 routine of making models and drawings was broken by the introduction of a smaller module in which I excavated my childhood home out of an A5 sheet of 2” thick thermocol sheet. To recreate a configuration of spaces out of a single block was much like archaeologically excavating something out of a single rock of stone. It took me some time to understand how to represent the different architectural elements of my home, but in the end, I was left with a model which captured the masses and voids as well as the play of lights and shadows in my childhood home.

Overall, VSR3 has been full of ups and downs. It helped me improve on the things I was lacking in with respect to the technical aspects of drawings- mainly accuracy and representation of all the required details. This exercise has helped me understand masses and voids, and the creation of spaces of varying volumes.

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