There are many aspects of theater that are too easily ignored by many people. Among those things is the importance of good set design. For the common person, it is too easy to simply get overwhelmed by the fact that there are actors and actresses on stage, making it too convenient for anyone to get distracted and overwhelmed by the presence and stage performance of these thespians.
Still, one cannot discount the fact that set design is indeed an integral part of good theater. How could you even imagine a play being put on without any semblance of set design, whatsoever, right? If you’re still starting out on set design, then stop focusing on that tech blog and keep reading this, instead. Here’s how you can start the basics.
Getting Started in Basic Set Design: Skills Development
The first thing you need to do is to consider learning some new skills that are particularly geared towards set design. And, in order to do that, the first requirement is (guess what?) read, read, and read. Yes, while you thought anyone working in theater would be exempt from too much reading, well, surprise, surprise, you still need to read after all. Brush up on set design theory, its rich history, as well as how some popular set designers do their job. While reading, you just might learn a thing or two…or maybe even more than that.
The second thing you can do is to get your sleeves up and hone your drawing skills. Nope, this doesn’t mean you need to be as great as all those artists who make a living drawing things and people back to life. All you need to do is to know how to carefully and clearly plan out a stage design using your drawing skills. (Check out UDEMY and other companies who build a website just to teach free drawing courses.)
The third thing you can do is to work on the accuracy and acuity of your vision. This means actually training yourself to pay closer attention to details, stuff you might very well have ignored had you been any less attentive. Also, attend as many plays as you can and determine the techniques and strategies used by the stage designer. Who knows, you might find yourself in that position soon enough.