Sketchbook Drawing Assignments Value

You will be assigned certain sketchbook assignments, but you have the freedom to make the assignment more interesting to you.For example if you are assigned to focus on reflective surfaces one week, you might choose #6, #37, #64 or #88.  When drawing remember to use the entire page spread and both sides of the paper.

1.Plant Drawing:Three Drawings of a Plant

i.Contour

ii.Shaded rendering

iii.Magnify/enlarge a section

2.Three 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.Multiple frame sequential drawing

101.Object being sucked into or through something

102.Composition in which Movement is the primary focus

103.Human Figure from direct observation

104.Solid turning into a liquid

105.Zoom, zoom, zoom:Divide the space into 3 areas.Draw the same object, person or scene in each, 

         but zoom in exponentially in each of the separate spaces.

106.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.

107.Spools of Thread:Draw a grouping with overlap or repetition

108.Dishes:Draw dishes in the sink after a meal, include portions of the sink

109.Dishwasher:Draw the dishes or utensils in the dishwasher.Clean or dirty, your choice.

You can view many artist sketchbooks on-line through museum or personal websites.When you visit a museum, they will often be on display.There are even Smart Phone apps that will show you sketchbook pages.I recommend looking at Leonardo daVinci’s as an exemplar.

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Sketchbook Assignment 5:  Halloween/Autumn Drawing

This is a drawing from imagination assignment.
Students are able to choose their media for the drawing.
Grading will be based on time and effort put into the drawing (minimum of 50 minutes).

Sketchbook Assignment 6:  Doodle for Google!

Sketchbook Assignment 10 :

Twenty "artist" signatures.
Any medium.
Variety... twenty DIFFERENT signatures:
  • TEN experiments in types of font, handwriting, size, shape, etc.
  • TEN experiments in logos, symbols, initials, etc.
Search for uniqueness that carries the weight of a recognizable "brand" (you!).
Circle three that are your favorite or that you might actually use on your art.

DUE Friday, December 4th

Sketchbook Assignment 11:  Present Bow

Draw a Christmas bow from observation.
Colored pencil on black paper.
Paper can then get taped into your sketchbook.
Considerations:
  • Begin with contour
  • Value:  highlights and shadows
  • Gradation:  smooth transition between values
  • Texture:  creating a shiny illusion

Due Tuesday, December 15th


Sketchbook Assignment 12:  Compass Composition

Begin layout of composition by using a pencil and compass
  • use the compass to create overlapping circles of various sizes
  • use the whole page--some circles should go off the page
  • use a sharpie marker to color in shapes created by the overlapping circles
  • consider composition:  balance of positive and negative space, balance of "busy" and "restful"
Due Friday, January 8th

Sketchbook Assignment 13:  Key Value Study

  • Divide your sketchbook page into six, 3" x 3" squares
  • In each square, draw a different section of a key.  You may use different keys.
  • Work from observation.
  • Use graphite/pencil.
  • Shade in each square (using a full range of value) in such a way that you create contrast between the squares (See examples).
  • Due Friday, January 15th--Last sketchbook assignment of the semester!

Sketchbook Assignment 14:  Mandala

Mandalas are radial designs, often using repetitive, geometric patterns starting from a central dot and working outward.
  • Your mandala may be black and white, or you may add color.
  • Craftsmanship is important:  neat and careful work.
Due Wednesday, January 27th!

Sketchbook Assignment 15:  World inside a Lightbulb!

Due Thursday, February 4th!

Sketchbook Assignment 16:  What is in you heart?

Sketchbook Assignment 17:  Painted Value Scales:  
​Tints and Shades

  • Draw two 7" value scales either in your sketchbook or on a separate scrap of paper.
  • Divide value scale into 1" sections
  • Designate one value scale for tints and one for shades
  • Strive to make each section a different value!

Sketchbook Assignment 18:  Dry Brushed Sphere!

In this exercise, students will experiment with the dry brushing technique.
Trace around something circular.
Paint the circle a flat color.
Add highlights and shadows using the dry brush technique so that the circle begins to take on the illusion of a sphere.

Sketchbook Assignment 19:  Non-objective Mini Paintings

Choose a color scheme for each mini-painting. 
Experiment with color, shape, line and texture.
These paintings should be non-objective: no attempted to create anything recognizable!  The focus is on art elements and overall composition.
Possible color schemes:
  • monochromatic
  • analogous
  • complementary
  • split complementary
  • double complementary
  • triadic

Sketchbook Assignment 20: Snapchat Selfie!

Take a selfie and alter yourself using a snapchat app or other photo editing filter/app/program.
Draw and embellish using your own choice of medium/media!

Sketchbook Assignment 21:  Hand Holding an Object!

Draw from observation:  your own hand!
Start with a contour line drawing.
Shade:  use a full range of value to help describe form.
Don't forget to use the eraser as a drawing tool!

Sketchbook Assignment #22:  Watercolor Techniques

Practice a minimum of eight different watercolor techniques on the strips of watercolor paper provided in class.
These should be non-objective studies.
Possible techniques (See Weebly page:  Art I, Watercolor Techniques for more information):
  • wet on wet
  • wet on dry
  • salt
  • rice
  • rubbing alcohol
  • plastic wrap
  • stencil
  • dry-brush
  • wax resist

Sketchbook Assignment #23:  6 "Drawings in the Round"

Draw 6 circles in your sketchbook.
Create a drawing within the circle boundaries.
Challenge yourself with the idea or concept of the drawing.  For example, don't draw obvious round things:  apple, basketball etc...

Sketchbook Assignment #24:  Crumpled Paper!

This is an observational drawing.  You must draw by looking at an actual piece of paper, not a photo of one.
  • Partially crumple up a piece of paper and decide what angle you are going to work with.
  • Lay out your composition by "clocking angles" you see in the paper still life.
  • Shade the drawing using a FULL range of value, making sure to make your darks, DARK!
  • Over exaggerate highlights and shadows so that you create contrast in your drawing.
  • Eliminate most lines from your drawing, using value to define the form.

Sketchbook Assignment #25:  "Slice of Heaven"

This is a drawing from imagination assignment.
Draw your version of what you consider to be "a slice of heaven".
You may choose your media:  graphite, colored pencil, ink, watercolor, mixed, etc...
The main objective of this assignment is individual creativity.

Hand holding an object!

Draw and shade a hand holding an object as realistically as possible.

Sketchbook Assignment 1:  
​Value Scale

Students will create a graphite value scale using a full range of value and intentional surface texture.

Student Examples

Sketchbook Assignment 2: Personal logo

Students were asked to think about at least three interests or aspects of their personality and incorporate them into a drawing.  Two important considerations of this assignment are:  
  • creating a cohesive, dynamic composition
  • using a full range of value 

Student Examples

Sketchbook Assignment 3:
​Facial Features


This sketchbook assignment gives students practice drawing facial features.  With this 15 point assignment, each student will work from reference photos and will draw one eye, one nose and one mouth.  Drawings should be as realistic as possible and should show a full range of value.

Student Examples

Sketchbook Assignment 4:
​Keyhole

This is a drawing from imagination assignment.  Students were asked to use their imagination and draw what they think they might see if they looked through a keyhole.  There is no "right" or "wrong" way to approach this assignment.  Grades will be based on effort, imaginative solutions and demonstrating an understanding of how to use a full range of value in a graphite drawing.
Students are asked to imagine what they think the future will look like using font and imagery to spell out the letters G-O-O-G-L-E.
Students may choose media (art materials).
First draft due:  Thursday, Nov. 17th

​https://doodles.google.com/d4g/

Sketchbook Assignment:  Pop can

This is a drawing from observation assignment.  Students are working on drawing what they see--in this case, a pop can sitting right in front of them.  Students will start off laying out the form of the can using directional and contour lines.  They will then add detail and shade using a full range of value.

Sketchbook Assignment 6:
​Phobias

Go to this link: PHOBIAS
Create an interpretation or representation of a phobia. Have fun or be scary! 
Fill a page of your sketchbook. Render shading and detail. (May use color.)
Minimum of 50 minutes spent on drawing. 
Write the name of the phobia on your drawing.

Due Friday, November 6th. 

Student Examples

Sketchbook Assignment 
Food Observation
​Due Tuesday, Nov. 29th

Observational drawing of food item(s) or food wrapper.

TEXTURE is very important in this assignment because texture will be the real "selling point" for the convincing realism of the drawing.
Spend a minimum of 50 minutes on drawing.
Render realistically - color or graphite shading.

DUE Friday, November 13th.

Sketchbook Assignment 9:
Magazine "Springboard"

Start with a cut-out image or pattern from a magazine.
Complete an imaginary drawing based off of that magazine cut-out.

Try to think creatively about your cut-out : such as a surreal environment, unusual combination, or creative interpretation.
For example, if you cut out a banana... I want you to draw something less obvious than a monkey holding the banana. Unless that monkey is radioactive and the banana is his crime-fighting weapon...

Render. Spend a minimum of 50 minutes on assignment.
Full page.
DUE Friday, December 4th

Internet examples:

Students examples:

  • Draw an imaginary world inside a light bulb.  
  • Use graphite or colored pencil.

Draw a human heart and embellish it with imagery related to what is in your heart (what you hold close to you/what is important to you).

Students may choose their media.
Possibilities:  
  • graphite 
  • ink
  • colored pencil
  • collage, watercolor
  • mixed media

Due Friday, February 12
A tint is a color + white
A shade is a color + black
Complementary:  Colors across from one another on the color wheel.                            
Monochromatic:  One color + black and white
Triadic:  Colors equally spaced from one another on the color wheel.  In this case--secondary colors.

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