Drafting a flat using VectorWorks

Drafting a 2-D theater flat using Vectorworks. This is just one method, of many, for drawing a 4x8 B'way style flat. It runs about 20 minutes and covers a lot of the tools/functions in Vectorworks.

Drafting paper setup, pencil use, ltg template, more

Video from my Drafting and Drawing for Theater class at Columbus State University. Here I show very simple stuff including: taping the paper down, holding the pencil to draw various thickness lines, using a stage lighting template, using a parallel ruler, etc.

For info on the lighting template, visit Field Template...

Measuring with a Scale Ruler

Using a Scale Ruler is one of the most important skills share by both designers and technicians. This video shows my demonstration on how to use a Scale Ruler pdf (free) and a plastic scale ruler to start measuring and marking a Scale Ruler Worksheet my students need to complete for class.

Note about the PDF scale ruler and the worksheet:

These scale rulers are certainly not as accurate as the plastic versions that you should actually use. Please check your settings on your computer before printing these out to make sure that you are printing the page at 100%. If your printer output is set to “fit to page,” these will be significantly off.

Isometric sketching: a clevis

This video inspired me to suggest a session for the USITT National Conference. We called it "Analog Sketching for the TD." It shows the drawing of a cleve, from start to finish, using markers. One of the keys to the artist's process is turning the paper while s/he draws. One particular technique I've picked up is using a finger to help guide the pen during shading. The finger works as a stopper of sorts.

youtube user vcTECsketch


Drawing and Drafting

Collection of various Drawing, Sketching, and Drafting items. When communicating with others in the production team, talking with your hands is not nearly as effective as using pencil and paper; computer and screen; callage, etc...


Design software comes in all sorts of flavors. Organizational software, drafting software, custom theatrical software applications, etc. The list is long and growing every day. Check back often for new pages.