Introduction to Isometric drawing
Isometric drawing is a method of paraline or axonometric drawing where views of an object are projected onto oblique planes. It is a quick, easy and accurate way of representing form for visualisation and presentation drawings. Drawings using this method are set up on axes 30 degrees from the horizontal using a 30/60 degree set square or by using a digital method. Right angles on top surfaces of isometric drawings are shown at 120 degrees. It is an accurate way to visualise form accurately because true measurements may be used along each axis. This makes it easy to translate form from two dimensions into three. Students in Visual Communication Design are required to be proficient in both manual and digital-based methods for Isometric drawing.
For more information on Isometric drawing VCD, download the current VCAA ‘Technical Drawing Specifications’.
More advanced crating
3.1 Gather information
3.2 Advanced crating Isometric
Moving into CAD
There are many digital methods that will allow students to make quick, accurate and complex Isometric drawings. Adobe Illustrator supports making three-dimensional forms with its Extrude and Bevel effect. Another easy way to make two-dimensional sides in Isometric is with Illustrator Actions. These can be searched up and downloaded from the internet easily.
But the real way forward with three-dimensional drawing is with CAD (Computer Aided Design). Beginning with free programs such as Tinkercad, then progressing to industrial applications AutoCAD and Fusion 360, students will become engineers in class time! Teachers should consider getting education licences for their classes.
4.1 aids to isometric
In Adobe Illustrator;
- Create a shape you can develop into a form in Isometric.
- Use Illustrator Object/ Transform / Scale and Shear (or download an action) to create Isometric components.
- After that, use 3D Extrude & Bevel to develop form from a shape.