Composite of several artists' drawings of the flange model.   Gauges showing peoples' interpretation of a drawing of the rockerarm model.


This site describes recent research on line drawings of 3D shapes, including studies on how artists create drawings and how people interpret drawings.

So far, this work involves two studies. The first, "Where Do People Draw Lines?," investigates how artists' drawings of 3D shapes correlate with the mathematical properties of the shapes, and known computer graphics line drawing techniques. The second, "How Well Do Line Drawings Depict Shape?," examines how people interpret line drawings, both hand-drawn and computer-generated, and when depiction succeeds and fails.

The results of these studies are available in full from this site.


Princeton Rutgers


Artists' Drawings

Javascript Drawing Viewer (Firefox 2+, Safari 3+, IE is known to fail)

Full Dataset: (241MB) Version 1.0, May 6, 2008.

This archive contains the initial and registered drawings, prompt and drawing pages, instruction page, models, camera views, and lighting environments.

Gauge Settings

Full Dataset: (16MB) Version 1.0, August 3, 2009.

This archive contains the participants gauge settings, data computed from these settings, and Matlab tools to analyze this data and create figures.


"How Well Do Line Drawings Depict Shape?," Forrester Cole, Kevin Sanik, Doug DeCarlo, Adam Finkelstein, Thomas Funkhouser, Szymon Rusinkiewicz, and Manish Singh, ACM Transactions on Graphics 28(3) (Proc. SIGGRAPH 2009)

"Where Do People Draw Lines?," Forrester Cole, Aleksey Golovinskiy, Alex Limpaecher, Heather Stoddart Barros, Adam Finkelstein, Thomas Funkhouser, and Szymon Rusinkiewicz, ACM Transactions on Graphics 27(3) (Proc. SIGGRAPH 2008)


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants CCF-0347427, CCF-0541185, CCF-0702672, CCF-0702580, IIS-0511965, and IIS-0612231, and by Google.