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Sketchbook Assignments – Quarter 3

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Here are your sketchbook assignments for Quarter 3 – Please keep in mind that because of my illness earlier this quarter and because we have both February and Spring break in Quarter 3, the sketchbooks will be a bit closer together than they have been in past quarters.



Sketchbook Assignment – Foreshortening

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This weekend, you should be sketching someone so as to illustrate foreshortening.  Have someone lay down or recline on a couch or a reclining chair.  Then you need to draw their body in perspective.  This sketchbook also requires full use of values, so no line drawings will be accepted!  Below are a few examples from past years:

Below is a video of how to draw 2-point perspective. This week’s sketchbook assignment is just like the last one:

  1. Draw the house from real life
  2. You NEED to shade the drawing – this is about values as much as it is about perspective
  3. Make sure you are facing the house on a corner, so that both sides of the house are “going away” from you.



And here is a few examples of how your drawing could look:

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Your sketchbook assignment for next week is a 1-point perspective drawing of your house. You should look at your house so that the front is flat and facing you, but you can still see some of at least one side of your house. This will likely mean that you have to stand slightly off-center, and a bit further away from your house so that you can see the walls that are moving away from you.

As I state in the directions (on the sketchbook handout that I gave you at the beginning of the quarter), if it’s too cold to stay outside and draw from real life, then you can take a picture of your house and draw from that. HOWEVER, you must print the picture out on a full-size piece of paper – do NOT try and draw it from your little iPhone screen (even if you have a big phone) – you will not be able to see enough detail and your sketch will be lacking.

Below is a video on how 1-point perspective works. I plan on doing a demonstration of this on Monday, but if you want to do your sketchbook this weekend, this will be pretty close to what we’re going to do on Monday. The biggest thing to keep in mind is that 1 point perspective means that the front wall of the house is facing you flat and square-on. If you are standing too far to the corner of your house, then you will be moving into 2-point perspective, and that’s a completely different set of rules.



Also, here are some examples of buildings drawing in 1-point perspective. Note how the front wall of the house is flat and facing the viewer. This is essential when drawing in 1-point perspective! Also, some of these examples don’t have any shading at all – Remember – you must shade your sketches so the objects have the appearance of a 3-dimensional form!


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Here are some examples of your sketchbook assignment that is due next week!  If you want my advice, stay away from metal/glass objects so that you don’t have to deal with the reflections.


Sketchbook #1 – Old Shoes

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Here are some examples for next weeks Sketchbook Assignment. Remember, it’s due on TUESDAY!, because of the holiday weekend! Also, you need to have BOTH SHOES in the drawing. Not just one. But you can – and should – have them overlapping.

Sketchbook Assignments for Quarter 2

Below is a copy of the Sketchbook Assignments for Quarter 2. Remember to read the descriptions and check back here for examples before you start drawing!

Sketchbook Assignment: Old Toys

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This upcoming Wednesday you have another sketchbook due!  The assignment is to draw two old toys.  Below I have included a few examples – pay close attention to how the drawings are shaded.  You want to give your drawing a full range of values, much like the value scales we did last week.  Also, please remember to get yourself a nice 2B pencil (or softer!) to do these sketches with.  They’re pretty common pencils, and I cannot over emphasize how much easier they will make your assignment.  Using the wrong pencil when drawing is like trying to run a race in flip-flops – your not going to do well no matter how good you are!

Note that some of these examples only have one object in them: You need to have two toys in your drawing.  

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The first sketchbook assignment is a pretty simple one.  You are to draw an object using cross-contour lines.  Do not draw a simple object that has no interior detail, like an iPhone or a tissue box, for example. First off, it will be harder to make a good drawing of something like that, and secondly you won’t really get good practice in drawing lines.  Knowing how to use lines to define an object and define its space is a very important design skill, so while this is a decently simple assignment, take it seriously, please!

Sketchbook Assignments for Quarter 1

Linked below is the handout I gave in class today: All of the sketchbook assignments for Quarter 1. Remember, I will post examples for each one the weekend before it is due. And while the sketchbook is due on Wednesday, I highly recommend that you do not wait until Tuesday to attempt the assignment – do them over the weekend and save yourself a lot of trouble.