Isometric Drawing is a technique, like perspective drawing, that is used by artists and designers to represent three-dimensional forms on a two-dimensional picture plane.
Isometric Poster Design
In these lessons we explore the graphic qualities of isometric drawing, as opposed to its functional qualities, and use them to create an Isometric Poster Design.
Isometric Drawing vs Perspective Drawing
Isometric and Perspective Drawing
Although isometric drawing performs a similar function to perspective drawing, they have some distinct differences in application:
- Perspective drawing maps the diminishing size of objects as they recede from view.
- Isometric drawing maps all objects of equal dimensions as the same size, regardless of their position.
- Perspective drawing distorts the angles and shapes of objects to suggest form. It is most commonly used by artists to suggest depth and distance.
- Isometric drawing uses fixed angles and shapes to build form. It is most commonly used by architects, engineers and designers as it contains measurable information.
In our perspective drawing above it is hard to tell whether you are looking at cubes or cuboids as the receding shapes are foreshortened. Our Isometric drawing makes the cubes more obvious due to their equal dimensions. The word 'isometric' is derived from the ancient Greek for 'equal measure'.