Free Drawing!


Complete 4 additional quick sketches of people or other characters in your life. I encourage you place all four on the same page in your sketchbook. Prioritize trying to capture your subject’s mood/aura/personality in the moment.


Free Drawing! Use it to draw something that sparks your interest.



Complete an additional portrait.


Create a still life  by draping 3 pieces of clothing over a chair, lamp (turned off), or other object. It is your choice whether to draw on white or black paper. Record the folds and drape of the clothes through recording of highlights (if working on black paper) or through the recording of shadows (if working on white paper).


Complete one more high contrast drawing on black paper. Remember to only draw the light and what it is shining upon. Allow the black of the paper to represent the darks of the drawing. You may choose an image from class or find one on your own. Try googling “high contrast black and white photography.”


Happy Valentine’s Day! This is a free drawing day. Use it to draw something that sparks your interest.


Choose a large object with architectural and organic shapes to draw (such as an ornate chair). Set up your composition so that the chair nearly fills your viewfinder. I recommend viewing it from a 45 degree angle to practice perspective. Chose a medium-sized negative space to use as a Basic Unit–for example, a space between the slats of a chair back or a space between rungs.  Record your Basic Unit on your viewfinder. Use this visual record as a unit of measure. The very first thing you should draw on your page is the Basic Unit. Continue to draw the chair using all three skills of perception–the accurate seeing of edges, spaces, and relationships.  Pick-up your view finder any time you need to use your Basic Unit to measure an aspect of the chair you are drawing.


Look out the window and select a simple tree barren of its leaves (not difficult to do this time of year). Draw the spaces between each group of branches on the part of the tree that you can see. Focus on the spaces. Once the positive and negative spaces have been established, study the positive and negative spaces created inside the established outline of the image (highlights and shadows).  Record them as well. You may choose to use your viewfinder to aid in this exercise.



Use your viewfinder and dry erase marker to capture the corner of your apartment/bedroom OR an interesting object/composition.  They key is to work with something requiring flattening to be captured on the 2 Dimensional plane. Transfer the lines form your view finder into your sketch book. Finish your perspective drawing with highlight and shadow.


Complete at least one additional Upside-Down Drawing.


You are going to do a very careful pencil drawing of your shoe. As you complete this drawing notice your brain’s reaction to this task.  Refrain from allowing your Left Hemisphere to label the parts of your object. Instead, concentrate on the shapes of the details and the relationships between them. Try to forget about the shoe…the heel…the shoelace and instead record things such as the the shapes lines make as they intersect with each other and the edges of your object.  Make some notes on the back of your drawing recording any internal conflict you may or may not have experienced.


Divide a page in  your sketch book in half.  On the left side, draw from memory an object from your kitchen, bedroom or bathroom that you interact with regularly. Try to create the drawing in 1:1 scale with as much detail as possible. Now, fetch the object and draw it again on the right side of your page. (alongside your attempt from memory). Notice the differences between the two drawings.  Take some notes evaluating the successes and shortcomings of each drawing.