An interesing object & 3D sketch model

An interesting object- Clipper lighter

In this post ill combine what ive learnt/documented from the past two lessons Firstly i will talk about my interesting object, this clipper lighter.


Originally, i thought it was interesting because i liked the contrast in the colours and material,orange/silver and metal/silicone respectively.Also because it was symmetrical from most angles.However, after the lesson i realized i was not observant enough it showed me a new way to look at a products design.The images below shows what ive learnt so far,

Legend: Dominant (D )subdomninant(SD) subordinate(SO)

The orange part is the largest part taking up nearly 75% of the product is known as dominant,while the silver area is about 25% making it the subdominant and lastly the clipper logo makes up about <10% of the product making it the subordinate feature.The metal part is roughly 1/4 of the total size,which means it does not follow the rule of thirds. However i still find my lighter very aesthetically pleasing.Lines of symmetry exists in all angles except for the side view. I also noticed from the side view is that if the part that juts out was another colour it could be considered a SD feature as well.From the top view a negative void is seen as labeled in the picture above.When viewed from the bottom theres no SD only a D and SO as there are only two visible features.

3D sketch model analysis

In the following exercise, i drew the word “void”,so i had to somehow express that by using 3 boxes also known as a 3D sketch,keeping in mind that all three boxes should be visible regardless of the angle its viewed at.I used foam to replace the boxes that i didnt have as some were too big to be the subdominant part or some were too small to be considered subordinate.i had to use the foam cutter to size my boxes accordingly. The method to nice clean cuts is to push the foam against the metal frame supporting it with a gentle but firm pressure at a steady pace. Wedging,cradling and piercing were some techniques i learnt and applied to improve the arrangement of the boxes which also helped me visualize my own and my classmates’ 3D sketches in many other ways. The results are below.

I tried to express void by making the negative voids in both sketches  as large as possible and also to find a way to incorporate it in all angles.The sketch on the left illustrates more of a cluster of contrasting volumes whereas the one on the right displays more similar shapes.In certain angles you can see the contrast between the sizes of the negative voids depicted by the green and red markings in the diagram below.I also decided to mark out the voids from all angles of both the 3d sketches so they can be viewed as a whole.The dominant,subdominant and subordinate features of both the 3D sketches are apparent and all three boxes for each sketch are visible from every angle.

This is what I’ve got so far and have documented(as much of the process as i could).I feel that even though my 3D sketch models demonstrates the word “void” ,some further improvements can  be made.For example ,since i already attempted to show the rule of thirds in my sketch, try incorporating maybe “mirror” to give it an interesting touch.

2 thoughts on “An interesing object & 3D sketch model”

  1. Hi Dhanu great that you’ve put up your 3D Object & 3D Sketch Models as well as their respective 2D  Sketch Analysis 🙂

    Some pointers:

    1)Do photograph your object/ models with a clean homogeneous monochrome background ( plain black or white) that is well-contrasted with the object you are taking.

    2)Ensure the resolution of your 2D Sketch Analysis is high enough as I have difficulty reading your annotation.

    3) Do try to make your photos bigger too. They are kind of small.

    4) Do correct your headings: it is either 2D Sketch Analysis or 3D Sketch Model

    Other than that, the voids in both your 3D Sketch Models are turning out great & I appreciate that you’ve tried to mark them out & are trying out different configurations to express ” VOID” . Looking forward to how you will blend ‘mirror’ with ‘void’ … 🙂

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