Q stands for Qualia

Q logo shows the letter Q with all its construction geometry, like a blueprint for the letter.

Q stands for Qualia, meaning the quality or feeling of perception. We experience the taste of chocolate, the color of a sunset or the essence of a pentagram each as distinct qualia. Some philosophers believe qualia are precisely what differentiate self-conscious beings from machines. Qualia and self-consciousness are inextricably entangled.

I created Q to enable you to explore pure geometry for the purpose of experiencing its qualia yourself—a feeling that many describe as "sacred", but curiously without the typical baggage associated with such a state of consciousness.

This complex pentagonal sacred geometry design in red and blue gives a strong feeling of depth.Drawing geometry is its own reward!

Not for Mundane Geometry

Most of the time, people employ geometry in the service of making everyday things. For example, geometry is used in the form of plans to design everything from industrial products to cars to buildings.

"As to the usefulness of geometry, it is as certain that no curious art or mechanic work can either be invented, improved, or performed without its assisting principles." -Benjamin Franklin

CAD drawing showing a portion of a high-rise building floor planOne of my typical computer-aided design drawings

Q is not CAD software for generating architectural, engineering or design plans. For these jobs, I highly recommend AutoCAD, a program I’ve had the honor of writing many technical books and creating dozens of video courses in my career. AutoCAD has far more tools and features than Q and is well-suited to these practical purposes.

Q is for Sacred Geometry

I designed Q to focus on geometry itself, purely for the experience of it. By focusing on geometry itself, rather than being by distracted by its practical uses, you can directly experience why geometry is widely considered the universal language.

"One quickly realizes that simplicity and geometry are the language of timelessness and universality." -Paul Rand

I don’t want anything to get in the way of drawing as a transformative experience so I stripped Q down to its essentials. In other words, I made Q is as simple as possible, but not too simple.

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." -Leonardo da Vinci

Q is for experiencing the sacredness of geometry. You use Q because you plan to explore your inner world through the universal language, rather than using Q to draft floor plans representing something in the outer world, for example.

Q is really special in just how streamlined and intuitive an app it is. Q is almost as easy to use as a compass and straightedge but it’s faster and literally a million times more precise than pencil and paper. However, like paper, Q is exclusively a two-dimensional affair. 

Q has lines, arcs, circles, ellipses, polygons, text, images, blocks, layers, properties, dimensions, selection and modification tools. Q has no “command line” and its tools are generally more qualitative than quantitative, although numbers can be entered if desired.

Q runs on the following operating systems:

  • Mac: OS 10.6 or later.
  • Windows: 64-bit versions of 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, 2000 and XP.

Two diagrams of 3-4-5 Pythagorean triangles showing their connections with the golden ratio and the Earth's tilt angle.Geometry is the universal language

“Philosophy is written in this grand book, the universe, which stands continually open to our gaze. But the book cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language and read the characters in which it is written. It is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometric figures without which it is humanly impossible to understand a single word of it; without these one is wandering in a dark labyrinth.” —Galileo Galilei, The Assayer, 1623

Tracing in Q

You can import images and trace over them in Q. This is a direct way to analyze and understand geometry in architecture, ceramic tile patterns, stained glass, fine art paintings, crop circles, corporate logos and much more. By tracing geometry over (or adjacent to) images, you effectively see through the eyes of the designer. In my opinion, there is no better way to understand a design than to draw it yourself.

Screen capture of Q interface showing Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper with sacred geometry overlay art analysis.I traced The Last Supper with Q and uncovered its sacred geometry.

For me, drawing with Q is not only relaxing but it is always interesting and an exciting outlet for creativity. I hope you will fall in love with Q the way I have!

"Mighty is geometry; joined with art, irresistible.” Euripides

Why not use Q to make geometric art or even draw your own coloring book? Drawing is at least as fun as coloring! You can print out your drawings and color them for even more fun.

Creative mandala design made in Q. "Only gradually did I discover what the mandala really is: formation, transformation, eternal mind’s eternal recreation." -Carl Jung

Q is Open Source

The source code of Q is released under the GNU GPLv3, a popular Open Source license. Q's source code is included along with convenient binary installers for Mac & Windows computers, which are available to all who enroll in this course.

That means you are free to extend Q if you are a serious programmer, but you don’t have to program anything to use it. Q is a greatly simplified subset of QCAD Community Edition, an open source computer-aided design system.

"With QCAD you can create technical drawings such as plans for buildings, interiors, mechanical parts or schematics and diagrams." -www.qcad.org

If you are interested in full-featured CAD programs, compare QCAD, AutoCAD, BricsCAD, ZWCAD, DraftSight, Microstation, Vectorworks and more.

Wide Support for Q's Native Drawing Format

Q’s native file format is DXF (Drawing eXchange Format, 2000 version). This older industry-standard format is widely supported in numerous CAD, 3D and illustration programs so it is easy to exchange drawings made in Q with other programs.

In addition to the vector DXF format, you can also export raster images and PDFs from Q to share your work.

So if you do want to take your designs made in Q to the next level, it is certainly possible.

For example, DXF is the ubiquitous format I used to laser-cut the parts of my Proportioner – Golden Ratio Calipers, which were the focus of my 2000% funded Kickstarter campaign of 2016. 

The Proportioner, my golden ratio calipers.The Proportioner

FYI: My much-loved Proportioners are coming back soon!

Library of Sacred Geometry Drawings Within Q

Q has a built-in Library Browser stocked with my royalty-free sacred geometry drawings in Q’s native DXF format. Many are classics that have been known for hundreds or perhaps even thousands of years. Some are more recent and a few are my personal explorations in geometry and art.

Sri Yantra in Q's Library Browser

The Library is meant to serve as inspiration. An effective way to learn is to copy the masters. Draw what they drew. Uncover the geometric basis of great art and design.

Geometric analysis of painting, The Death of Caesar by Vincenzo Camuccini (1798)"Geometry is the right foundation of all painting." -Albrecht Dürer

Let the geometry work on you in ineffable ways. Maybe you will discover something new using Q?

Screen capture of Q's user interface showing a hand drawn image on the left and this same drawing recreated in Q on the right.My method for "squaring the circle" is new, by hand (left) and drawn in Q (right)

"The squaring of the circle is a stage on the way to the unconscious, a point of transition leading to a goal lying as yet unformulated beyond it. It is one of those paths to the centre." -Carl Jung

Studying and replicating the drawings in the library is an effective way to learn sacred geometry. Some of the drawings in the library are featured in my documentary films and blog—additional sources of sacred geometry knowledge to discover.

Scott Onstott's art comparing the hourglass nebula with the sacred geometry of the great sphinx and pyramid of Khafre in Egypt.

Course Videos

The included course videos teach you step-by-step how to use Q. No experience with drafting or CAD programs is required. Q is not about measurements and quantities, it's about the qualitative aspects of geometry. Anyone can do it.

There is no wrong way to draw and there is no test, so don't fear! This is not the geometry class from your school days, but something far more interesting.

"Geometry will draw the soul toward truth and create the spirit of philosophy." -Plato

  • Sacredness

    It's about perceiving the perfection of form rather than calculating mundane quantities. Seen through this truthful lens, geometry can be a vehicle to the transcendent.

  • Ingenious Techniques

    Gain the requisite skills to draw precisely. Use layers for visibility control and blocks for editing power. Construct the golden ratio, square the circle, and more.

  • Become a Geometer

    Expand your consciousness through the elegant time-tested experience of drawing. Master the art and science of sacred geometry and become a certified geometer!

  • Q can be installed on Mac 10.6 or later and 64-bit Windows computers.

  • Students completing the entire course are issued certificates to be proud of.

  • Q's source code is available to all enrollees. Experienced programmers can optionally tinker with how Q works. I offer no technical support for programming.

  • Multilingual Subtitles

    All video lessons have English, French and Spanish captions. / Toutes les leçons vidéo ont des sous-titres français traduits automatiquement. / Todas las lecciones en video tienen subtítulos en español traducidos automáticamente.

  • Library Included

    Course includes library of sacred geometry drawings to learn from and to act as inspiration for your own explorations. You can save your own drawings and include them in your own libraries accessible inside Q.

  • Group Coaching

    Every one of Scott's paid courses includes a scheduled webinar where you can see his screen, chat with him and read what other students write in realtime — a great way to get your specific questions answered.

Course Details

Start anytime and work at your own pace

Experience Scott's high-quality, high-impact course in time-released lessons (one chapter per week), which keeps you engaged without feeling overwhelmed. 

Most of the course consists of Scott's screen-captured HD quality videos (with subtitles in English, French & Spanish) that you watch and then practice what is explained on your own—either on paper or using a drawing program (Scott uses a free iOS app which he explains how to use in the course).

You can ask questions and comment using the course's built-in discussion groups in most chapters. 

Each paid course comes with scheduled group coaching webinars (using zoom.us) every few months where students can interact with Scott in live chat. Enrolled students will periodically receive emails with weekend webinar dates. If you miss one, catch the next webinar when it is scheduled.

The Viewport and the Drawing Board

When you draw by hand, the precision of your drawing is constrained by the sharpness of your pencil, the paper’s tooth, the steadiness, angle and pressure of your hands, the lighting in the room, your visual acuity and many other factors.

Each line or arc lays down a cascade of graphite penetrating into the paper’s surface, restructuring its cellulose; each arc leaves a tiny hole where the point of the compass once stood. Faint construction lines, indentations, erasures and so on give us clues about the process in which handmade drawings were drawn.

Mistakes are part of the process and are nothing to be afraid of, but they sometimes mean you have to start over and draw again. The drawing board is like a stage—each performance is unique. Like performance art, drawings made on the drawing board have a precious, never-to-be-repeated quality.

The drawing compass is humankind's first scientific instrument

There is no more immediate way to experience the sacredness of geometry than to draw by hand. Immersing yourself in this beautiful ancient tradition is definitely not to be missed in this lifetime. Attend one of my events and be initiated yourself.

In contrast, Q lets you draw literally a million times more precisely than is possible by hand and Q has none of our manual idiosyncrasies. When you draw in Q, your drawing is recorded as a mathematical representation with 8 digits of precision. This math can be easily interchanged with others via DXF files.

No matter how far you zoom in or out in the viewport, the lines you draw in Q will always have a single-pixel width. Drawing complex, accurate forms is trivial in Q. What you draw can instantly be erased, hidden, revealed, moved, copied, arrayed, rotated, scaled, stretched, lengthened, trimmed, extended, snapped to other geometry and much more. In addition, you can bring Q’s DXF files into other programs where you can decorate them with pixel-based images, gradients, effects, etc.

I highly recommend experiencing the both the viewport in Q and the drawing board because each methodology has distinct qualities that work together to enhance your overall experience of geometry.

In my opinion, the best way to experience the drawing board is to take my Sacred Geometry: Comprehensive and Transformative Course. There you can learn to draw by hand from first principles, or use the free iOS app, Euclidea: Sketches, which I use in that course for drawing on an iPad with an Apple Pencil.

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