Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Are you seeing the big picture?

Well how many times it might have happened to you that you are beginning a project, let’s say you want to learn CATIA or may be you want to take down notes of the subjects you are taking exams. But as you sit down planning, the whole thing overwhelms you? Do you know what the devil there is!! Well that was answered by this small article that I came through.

The devil is getting down to details early on. We should begin with the big picture and should only focus on the main big things than worry about the notebook, the version of CATIA to use. Start using it. What to use will come latter. The main task in learning CATIA, for a very beginner, primary aim ahead will be to familiarize himself with the toolbars and the commands available to his disposal. But what do we worry about? What will I model, where will I find things to model, Who can lend me a engineering drawing book from which I can practice?, The engineering drawing book that I have doesn't have machine drawing, so it won't be good for me and many small questions we bother than plunging into the main task of building a small glass as a first CATIA exercise. We spent hours to searching for tutorial and by the time we have them, the interest is drained... so dear friends shed the get-into-detail-right-away attitude and you will become more productive. And here's the small text that points out the very fact in a very beautiful way.

The article follows

The Devil's in the Details

I really got over the "get into details right away" attitude after I took some drawing classes...If you begin to draw the details right away you can be sure that the drawing is going to suck. In fact, you are completely missing the point.

You should begin by getting your proportions right for the whole scene. Then you sketch the largest objects in your scene, up to the smallest one. The sketch must be very loose up to this point. Then you can proceed with shading which consists of bringing volume to life. You begin with only three tones (light, medium, dark). This gives you a tonal sketch. Then for each portion of your drawing you reevaluate three tonal shades and apply them. Do it until the volumes are there (requires multiple iteration)...

Work from large to small. Always.

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