Introduction to Technical Hand Drafting

New for 2022!

Introduction to Technical Hand Drafting

Sat, 25 Jun 2022 to Thu, 30 Jun 2022

Duration: 6 days
Times: 10am - 6pm
 Max. 8 participants
Fee: £1000 Fee includes all equipment

This intensive introductory programme covers all the basic techniques and elements required to present construction drawings by hand. Participants will learn from Fleur Whitlock - an art director and production designer with over 30 years' experience at all levels of film & TV. Fleur's TV credits include: EPISODES, THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD and ADULT MATERIAL. Most recently, she designed the Gaelic language drama BANNAN for BBC Alba. Her feature film credits are extensive and include 10,000 BC and THE LIBERTINE.

This workshop is suitable for practitioners and students working in and studying Film and Television Design, or who have transferrable skills from various art backgrounds. Under Fleur's expert guidance, each participant will receive group tutelage in addition to one-to-one assistance needed, which will help develop their abilities and confidence. 


DAY 1 - The Basics

  • The purpose of drafting & technical drawing
  • The equipment & process - Intro to drawing kit, using scale, plans & elevations
  • Practical exercises (metric)

DAY 2 - Annotations

  • How to annotate the drawing - dimensions, section lines, doors & windows
  • Practical exercises (metric)

DAY 3 - Advanced Details

  • Representing architectural features - stairs & split levels, beams & columns, finishes & textures
  • Practical exercises (Imperial)

DAY 4 - Imperial Drawings

  • Reference and sources of materials - vacuum form textures, scenic paintings, stock mouldings
  • Practical exercises (Imperial)

DAY 5 - Location Surveys

  • Introduction to location surveys - how to survey a location, why we need them, kit required
  • Practical exercises (Metric or Imperial) 

DAY 6 - Drawing Up Scenery to Fit Into a Location

  • Building on location - working with constructions teams and location teams, information to include on drawings
  • Practical exercises (Metric or Imperial)  

The techniques and craft skills learned will be industry standard and easily transferable to drafting on a computer. All equipment will be supplied by LFS.

Tutor profile: Fleur Whitlock, Production Designer & Art Director

Fleur Whitlock is an art director and production designer with over 30 years' experience at all levels of the film and TV industry. Her most recent credits include THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD, EPISODES, and the Channel 4 drama ADULT MATERIAL. She has also worked on a host of well-respected TV series such as INSPECTOR MORSE, LOVE HURTS, KAVANAGH QC, THE LAKES, RUTH RENDELL MYSTERIES and POIROT. She designed over 40 episodes of the popular police series THE BILL.

Fleur has worked around the world on a variety of productions including the BBC drama documentary series DISCOVERING ANCIENT EGYPT filmed entirely on location in Egypt and KROD MANDOON & THE FLAMING SWORD OF FIRE shot in Budapest for Comedy Central. Perhaps her most challenging foreign assignment was to design a domestically produced soap opera in Kazakhstan (PEREKRESTOK) modelled on the BBC’s ‘EastEnders’!

Her feature film experience is extensive and includes such diverse productions as CHURCHILL: THE HOLLYWOOD YEARS directed by Comic Strip creator Peter Richardson, LOVE & DEATH ON LONG ISLAND (starring John Hurt & Jason Priestly), an adaptation of HEIDI (starring Max von Sydow) shot in Slovenia and the epic 10,000BC directed by Roland Emmerich filmed in South Africa and Namibia. As Supervising Art Director on THE LIBERTINE (starring Jonny Depp, Samantha Morton and John Malkovich) she was responsible for the recreation of a 17th Century Restoration theatre and many period sets on location.

In recent years, Fleur has collaborated with Grenville Horner on adaptations of OLIVER TWIST and WUTHERING HEIGHTS for the BBC directed by Coky Giedroyc; comedy series REV and EPISODES (starring Matt Le Blanc); drama series JEKYLL written by Stephen Moffat and Kay Mellor’s contemporary drama THE SYNDICATE. Fleur and Grenville co-designed HARRY HILL: THE MOVIE, a surreal and anarchic road trip with comedian Harry Hill and his pet hamster...

Other projects couldn’t be more varied: a pilot for AMC about an 18th Century surgeon (KNIFEMAN), a feature length drama for BBC about the televising of the trial of Adolf Eichmann in 1961 (THE EICHMANN SHOW), the dramatised biography of comedian Lenny Henry set in 1970s Birmingham (DANNY & THE HUMAN ZOO) and the two-part original drama MAN IN AN ORANGE SHIRT scripted by novelist Patrick Gale. Most recently, she designed the Gaelic language drama BANNAN for BBC Alba.

Fleur regularly runs Production Design modules at the London Film School and has taught technical drawing at Wimbledon School of Art. In 2014, she was one of the ‘experts’ taking part in the first Art Department Masterclass workshops held in Vilnius, Lithuania.