Representational Efficacy and Error Dynamics in Observational Drawing: A Quantitative Method for Drawing Accuracy Evaluation.


This paper presents a quantitative method for assessing observational drawing accuracy, as a more objective alternative to evaluation by expert panels. The method, design process and testing revealed insights about representational efficacy and error dynamics which may inform teaching and research. The method was used to assess and compare the efficacy level of apprentices drawing the same subject. It involves disassembling shape into partial aspects – using four graphic properties – that influence the overall representational efficacy, and comparison to photographs taken from the draughtsman’s viewpoint. This process has proven useful to: a) distinguish which parts of the drawing are accurate; b) specify the formal aspects that compromise representational accuracy, and to what extent, and; c) identify and quantify types of error. The research extends existing methods and is comprehensive in detecting 2D representational errors. The findings also suggest that certain kinds of error can give rise to others, based on some kind of “logic of compensation” process that might happen unconsciously during the task. This deserves further research.

Year 2014
Type Journal Article with peer review
Publication TRACEY Journal, v. 9, n. 2,
Pages 112-127
Publisher Loughborough University
ISBN / ISSN ISSN 1742-3570
Language English