1. What is a contour line drawing?
2. What are the tools of space?
3. How can I create the illusion of depth with the tools of space?
Mastery Objective(s): The student will…
1. demonstrate his/her understanding of contour line drawing and the illusion of depth by using the Elements of Art, especially SPACE, to create a drawing within another drawing.
a line that defines an edge or form; the French word contour meaning, “outline.”
In contour line drawing the artist only draws the lines that follow the visible edges of a shape as well as those along the important interior shapes.
examples of drawings using contour line:
Ways to create the illusion of SPACE, which is also referred to as DEPTH…
STEP No. 1: SUBJECT MATTER
Choose your subject matter and upload any and all references on CANVAS.
You are choosing 2 different subject matters that relate to one another. One will be the object, person or animal for the contour line drawing. This needs to be something that typically would not have a scene or other objects, etc. in it (like a jar). Been there and done that in ‘World in a Jar’ Sketchbook!
For example, like above:
CHICKEN and FARM or something different:
ASTRONAUT and GALAXY/space scene
STEP No. 2: MEDIA
Choose the media you are going to use! You must use more than one medium and GRAPHITE is NOT an OPTION!
- sharpie or pigma micron pens lend well to contour line drawing, so my suggestion is either or both of those for the contour line drawing, then choose a different media for the inside! It could be…
- sharpie as well, but maybe you add watercolor
- prismacolor color pencil
- acrylic paint
- oil pastel
- marker (ask me about what kind and specific techniques)
STEP No. 3: CONTOUR LINE DRAWING
Begin and complete the ‘outside’ subject matter.
STEP No. 4: SPACE and DEPTH
Begin and complete the ‘inside’ subject matter. This is where you are demonstrating your understanding of the illusion of depth. The subject for this portion of the drawing will be easier with landscapes or scenes, however, there may be other ways to achieve the illusion of depth without a landscape.
STUDENT SAMPLES to come…