What is a scale drawing?
Generally speaking, a scale drawing is a drawing that shows a real object with accurate sizes except they have all been reduced or enlarged by a certain amount (called the scale).The scale is shown as the length in the drawing, then a colon (":"), then the matching length on the real thing.
Example: this drawing has a scale of "1:10", so anything drawn with the size of "1" would have a size of "10" in the real world, so a measurement of 150mm on the drawing would be 1500mm on the real horse. This "scaling down" strategy is used when designing sets.
When producing a scale drawing of a puppet for armature design, the term "scale drawing" more accurately refers to the fact that the drawing is done "To Scale, that is, if the drawing is six inches high, the puppet will be six inches. The scale drawing reflects the outer proportions in outline, with details of the armatured structures within. Click HERE for a basic overview of the anatomy of a scale drawing.