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You must do two sketches every week. Pick from the list below and mark off ones you have done.

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

                  overlapping shapes

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