It’s time for contour drawing! I need you to hunt around your living space for some interesting items to draw and bring them to class today. If you haven’t yet finished line drawing lesson 1, lesson 2, and lesson 3 from the Foundations Course, I encourage you to go back and check those out before you tackle this class.

Below, and at the Supplemental Materials page, are a two pictures. The first is full of examples of what kind of objects make good contour drawings for our lesson. These include things with simpler outlines and with a variety of straight, angled, and curved edges. The second picture is of a plastic coral, which would be an incredibly difficult contour drawing subject for a beginner due to its many long, narrow, protruding elements and exclusively organic shape.

These objects would make good subjects for your contour drawing
This plastic coral would be very difficult to attempt as a contour drawing

Here are some of my contour drawings:

Please make sure you have these supplies:

  • a pencil
  • a small stack of paper
  • 3 or more different items to draw

Your optional materials are:

  • an eraser
  • a pencil sharpener
  • a file folder or paperclip for organization

Practice, practice, practice!