Sketchbook Assignments: You must do two sketches every week. I will check these every Friday. Below is a list of several sketchbook assignments. There are some extra ones, but you must have at least 72 sketches total (two per week).
1. Drawing of a plant
2. Two Hands: Blind contour (do not look at paper). Concentrate on your subject.
Make the drawings overlap each other at some points.
3. Two Feet: Modified contour (you may occasionally look at the paper).
Make the drawings overlap each other slightly.
4. Shoes: Find a very old shoe and draw it from an interesting and exaggerated angle.
5. Number: Draw your luck number and then keep drawing it over and over – Johns
6. Bunch of Keys: Group with a lot of variety and do a macro drawing of them.
Give them dimension and focus on the sharp lines of the cuts.
7. Toothbrush & Toothpaste: Show the difference in textures and the angles of the toothbrush vs.
the bulbous shape of the tube. Best if toothpaste is almost empty.
What happens to lettering on a curved surface?
8. Inside a Drawer: Make a line drawing of the contents of a partially open drawer.
The junk drawer in a kitchen would work well. Think Composition!
9. Egg Beater: Line drawing using techniques involved in drawing negative space.
10. Knotted Fabric: Tie a knot in a sock or dishtowel, striped is best.
Focus on the variation of line and shade to give the wrinkles form.
11. Coat Hanging on the Corner of a Chair: Try to show the effects of gravity.
Think composition and exaggerate value in the folds, especially at top.
12. Clouds: Pick a day when the clouds are dramatic. Use expressive lines.
Show movement and drama without closing in any shapes.
13. Hub Caps & Tires: Draw them so that they are elliptical and show any reflection.
14. Street Signs & Lights: Draw a street sign as if it was an analytic botanical.
Write notes as to location, height and color. Think Durer.
15. Lamp Posts and Telephone Poles: Focus on negative space, then go in w/ detail.
16. Lettuce or Cabbage Leaf: Look for the growth pattern, draw at ¾ view.
17. Three packages of Food: Make them overlap, focus on texture and text.
Can you see the form of the food, is it pictured or named? Include shadows.
18. Corner of a Room: Include a partial piece of furniture and use variation of line.
Lay on the floor so that a piece of furniture is highly foreshortened.
19. Front of Your House: ¾ view
20. Glass of water with a spoon in it: Focus on distortion caused by the water on the spoon.
Don’t forget that the glass has dimension and distortion occurs on all edges.
21. View of a Room from a Mirror: Show something as you do not usually see it.
22. Machinery: Magnify a part that moves, try to show how it moves.
23. Eyes: Draw 6 while either looking in a mirror or at someone’s eye. Different angles.
24. Noses; Draw 6 while either looking at your own or someone else. Different angles.
25. Mouths: Draw 6 from observation, 4 of them open and showing teeth. Different angles.
26. Animal: Draw from observation using gestural, simple and expressive lines.
27. TV Shows: Draw gestures for 5 minutes of the show or 3 commercials.
Go in and add detail from memory after the show has ended.
28. Movie: From memory draw your favorite scene.
29. Logos: Glue or draw 10 logos that you think are exceptional in your sketchbook.
Write down your analysis of why they are successful and why they appeal to you.
30. Illustration: Take a few lines from a poem or song and illustrate it.
Include only 1-3 words of the text.
31. Balance: Cut out 12 or more words from the newspaper or magazine.
Arrange ½ into an Asymmetrical composition and ½ into a Symmetrical one.
32. Overlapping Forms: Draw 5 overlapping forms from an extreme view.
Shade them in an exaggerated fashion so that the furthest is in sfumato.
33. Repeated Motif: Use a shape and repeat it so that it could be used for textile design.
34. Fast Food/ Take Out: Choose your favorite and draw it so the viewer understands
just how tasty it is. Include text and packaging – think composition.
35. Ants-Eye View: Draw something as if you were the ant. Extremely exaggerated.
36. Birds-Eye View: Draw something from an aerial perspective. Think fisheye lense.
Your drawing must be imagined from at least roof height. Don’t get on the roof.
37. Reflections: Draw the images that you see reflected in a chrome appliance.
38. Fantasy: Draw a dream or “somewhere over the rainbow” scene with you in it.
39. Old Masters: Choose an artist from the Renaissance and draw a study in their manner.
40. Composition: Choose an image and crop it close. Draw it using only stippling.
Draw it using cross-hatching. Do not outline the forms in any way.
41. Photo: Recreate a photograph using only + marks or a continuous line to render.
42. Plumbing: Draw the underneath of a sink, a showerhead or an outside spigot.
Draw using crisp lines and then draw no more than ¼ of it in extreme detail.
43. Egg in Carton: Use value to show the smooth texture of the egg and rough cardboard.
44. Milk Carton or Condiment Container: Show the form and show texture.
45. What I did today: Make a diagram or floorplan to show how your day was divided.
Fill the rooms with representative objects
46. Old Hat: Use varying thickness of line and implied line to give it character.
47. Garbage: Draw an open garbage or recycling receptacle. Show that it is holding things.
48. Paper Towel or Napkin: Crumple it up and use value to show creases & shadows.
49. Hand Holding Something: Use contour lines to show that the hand is holding an object.
50. Person in a Chair: Use negative space to render someone sitting in chair.
51. Close up image of Popcorn: Make it look larger than life
52. Draw with an eraser: Cover the page with graphite or charcoal and erase light areas
53. Warped: This one is up to you to interpret.
54. Light & Object: A single object from different views with strong light source
55. Homework: Your school books stacked up on your desk or in your locker
56. Collection: What do you collect? Do a drawing collage of whatever they are.
57. Chess: Draw a chess set as though you were looking through the eyes of a pawn
58. Notes: Take an exam or notes you no longer need. Glue a page in and draw over it
59. Familiar Object: Draw 4 close-up views of a familiar object.
Zoom in so far that you wouldn’t recognize it if you didn’t know what it was.
60. Person talking on a Phone: Are they involved in the conversation?
61. Closet: Lots of lines and overlapping forms in a closet. Is it cluttered or neat?
Zoom in and make sure that you are drawing from an interesting point of view.
62. Looking Out: Look out a window and draw the scene, including the window.
63. Tree: Focus on its structure as an object.
64. Kitchen Stove: Draw from an extreme angle. Set up a still life with pots.
Focus on forms and make sure to get the burner covers and knobs in.
65. Pile of Shoes: There will be a lot of overlap, show the different lines and shoe laces.
66. Draw a Blind Contour Portrait of a Family Member: While drawing ask them to tell
you a story. Write the story behind the drawing and go back into the drawing.
67. 2 Details & 1 Contour: Set up a 3 piece still life. Do a contour drawing using value
on only two object and the background. Leave one object contour only – focal point.
68. Bag of Chips: Show the dimension and texture of the chips. Show overlap and depth.
69. 2 Versions: Draw a copy of an artwork that you admire. Then do a second version of the
same work of art, but make it your own.
70. Favorite Photo: Draw 2 versions of your favorite photograph. One realistic, one abstract.
71. Birds: Draw a real bird – as much texture as you can. Then draw an abstract version.
72. Make sure that the abstract is recognizable as a bird.
73. Newspaper: Cut out a newspaper article with an image. Glue it in your sketchbook.
Draw and write your reaction to the article over it. Rauschenberg & Saunders
74. Remembering a Landscape: Draw a landscape from memory.
75. Alive: Draw something that is alive and then paint the same subject.
76. Your Room: Draw a scene in your room with dramatic lighting – chiaroscuro
77. Intersections & Overlap: Draw a colorful design with intersections of lines and
78. Unguarded: Draw someone in an unguarded moment from observation. Make sure to use a sense
of mood. Use pencil and color pencil. Hans Holbein, daVinci
79. Illuminated Manuscript: Create a page that mimics an illuminated manuscript, but the text is your
favorite song or a letter that someone wrote to you.
80. Non-Objective: 1 non-objective and 1 asymmetrical composition using points of concentration
(areas where there are objects grouped more tightly) for focal point.
81. Non-Drawing Tool: Drawing or painting using only non-art materials and non-art
82. mark-making instruments. Example: “Draw” with coffee using a stick.
83. Ball-Point Pen: Create a drawing using two different colors of ball-point pens.
84. Art Nouveau: Create a page based on art nouveau techniques of line.
85. Off Hand: Draw objects of choice using the hand you don’t usually use or foot.
86. Collared Shirt on a Hanger: Get all of the details, overlapping lines and stitching in.
87. Solid turning into Liquid: Get creative and don’t draw ice melting.
88. Man & Machine Combined: Not Iron Man or a Transformer – Get creative!
89. Still Life composition that reflects you as an individual.
90. A realistic self-portrait
91. An abstract self-portrait
92. Hide an image within an image
93. Landscape from direct observation
94. Texture out of realistic context
95. Water bottles with colored water still life – white paper behind if too difficult
96. Metamorphosis from Natural to Synthetic
97. Objects floating on Water
98. Human & insect combined
99. Architecture from direct observation
100. Object being sucked into or through something
101. Human Figure from direct observation
102. Zoom in: Divide the space into 3 areas. Draw the same object, person or scene in each,
but zoom in more in each of the separate spaces.
103. Cubist Trace: Trace an object over and over until it covers the pages.
Go in and add depth and rhythm by shading in some areas.
104. Spools of Thread: Draw a grouping with overlap or repetition
105. Dishes: Draw dishes in the sink after a meal, include portions of the sink