In drafting, a single-view drawing refers to a type of technical drawing that presents a single view or representation of an object or component. It is a simplified drawing that focuses on illustrating the essential features and dimensions of the object from a specific viewpoint. Single-view drawings are commonly used when the object can be adequately represented and understood with a single view.

The purpose of a single-view drawing is to provide a clear and concise representation of the object, emphasizing its critical details while minimizing complexity. Single-view drawings are often used for simple objects or components that do not require multiple views to convey their shape, dimensions, or construction accurately. They are particularly useful for quick sketches, initial design concepts, or when space or time constraints exist.

However, it's important to note that single-view drawings may not provide a complete representation of complex objects, as they focus on a single perspective. For more detailed or intricate objects, multiple-view drawings, such as orthographic projections or isometric drawings, may be necessary to convey all dimensions and details accurately.


Replicating a technical drawing by hand requires the drafter to think about the order of operations in a more precise way than a drafter using CAD software. Placing your drawing correctly on your paper at the start, layering your work, thinking about the directions of lines and what tools you will need to produce them, are all things that someone using CAD may not be overly concerned with. Yet while drafting by hand you must consider these things to be able to produce a clear technical drawing. Below you will find some example single view drawings with steps laid out for you to follow to be successful in hand drafting these drawings. 

The next kind of drawing for hand drafting is Orthographic Projection. This involves creating the three standard views of a 3D object in 2D.