The basics of modelling

In the real world of a design studio a model may be made from one, or several, of the following approaches:

  • card, balsa or other medium is marked out (with a template or plan perhaps), cut to shape and then assembled with other pieces to make a 3D form;
  • card or balsa is cut roughly to shape (a cut-out silhouette) but has the illusion of a 3D form pasted or drawn onto it, thus removing the need for detailed modelling. Even quite fundamental objects can be made this way;
  • found objects (or parts of previous models) are taken or bought, and adapted for the specific context;
  • collection of found objects may be assembled into a new object;
  • a plastic material such as clay is pressed into solid form.

The computer also provides ...

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