Technical illustration cutaways have been used since the start of technical illustration in the first world war. Aiding people to understand complex items in a clear and informative way. Cutaway illustrations can be simple line drawings, and realistic illustrations to suit the needs of the customer and the users.
Software in the last 10 years has helped the process of perspective, with multiple images from one model. Keeping costs low and speeding up production time.
In this page, you can see different examples of cut-away illustrations, and their different application. Cut through is another term used, and applies to the same style of technical illustration.
Graphic and technical illustrator Adrian Cartwright has only shown on this website some of the commissioned illustrations over nearly 30 years as a freelance illustrator, but the website also includes some interesting help pages for guidance on how to commission an illustrator, and some tips to consider illustration and graphic styles.
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On this page you can see a selection of cutaway technical illustration examples. Using all aspects of view, perspective and render. For more examples, contact planet illustration for a quick chat and hopefully answer any questions and show some more illustration examples.
Firstly you can see a realistic rendered illustration shown in a schematic view. The next is a 3d floor plan with a slightly off-set from vertical view point. In a colour rendition showing shadows to help give depth to the floor plan.
Now the next is a complex cutaway showing multiple layers in all three axis’s. This example gives an informative view of multiple elements in the technical drawing.
The next illustration shows multiple civil engineering applications and their situation, created on a cube like platform. Something I’ve used often in commissions. It’s a clean and isolated way to draw a graphic image that’s eliminates large complex scenes.
This black and white line illustration, is typical of traditional technical illustration, and shows multiple areas of cutaway to show the inside of the building with focus on areas of interest.
This floor illustration is intact an exploded view and a cutaway technical illustration in one. It’s also rendered in a realistic style of illustration with a focus of the textures on the floor layers.
The next and first of the larger examples shown here is a complex cutaway illustration showing multiple sides of section to view, and also includes a transparency commonly known as “ghosted view” to help explain the product. Again, this is rendered in a realistic style. Clean style with consideration for perspective makes sure that the two elements fit together properly with out looking wonky… click on the thumbnail to see the whole illustration.
Tyre cutaway shows the different layers of the tyre in a stepped succession to help show materials in the cutaway illustration.
Finally here’s a more unconventional application of a cutaway, by simply removing parts of the front of the building and ground. Click on the thumbnail to see more of the illustration.
Author: Adrian Cartwright.