Horizontal belt sander | Drawing industrial machines

Week 2| Informing Integrated Product Design | Spring Semester 2015 | UTS

For week 2, we sketched the horizontal belt sander. I haven't used this particular machine. But I'm sure, I will get to use it before long. I'm feeling more at ease with the sketching. This confirms the the value of practice. Unlike most activities of consumption that have diminising marginal utility, drawing as an activity of practice has increasing marginal utility. For example, whilst my first scoop of Gelato Messina would taste awesome, the 20th would not be, it might even be sickening. Whereas, I'm pretty sure that my 20th hour of drawing would feel more satisfying than my first.

blue pencil sketch of machine
Figure 1: Rough sketch in tutorial

This brings up the simple but useful heuristic: if you want to be a writer, write; if you want to be a designer, design; if you want to be a programmer, program. For many years, I've always wanted to be a web programmer/ designer. I've read books, downloaded software and frameworks. But it was not until when I forced myself to do real projects like this page you are reading, that I was finally on my way to becoming one. So, the same goes for sketching.

drawing of machine with watercolouring
Figure 2: Rendered sketch

Again here is a photograph of the said machine. It is interesting to see how these industrial machines have a certain beauty or elegance to them. May be because we are entering a world that is being eaten by software that these analogue machines are now imbued with a certain charm. In the same way, we imbued artifacts of the agricultural age with rustic charm. It is fascinating how time can imbue positive values to things that has survived its passing.

big green industrial machine
Figure 3: photograph of horizontal belt sander