Week 2

Week 2 :

Tuesday, September 4

Bring your three drawings: 1. Portrait from memory 2. Self portrait 3. Your hand


  • There are two forces at work in our brain that we need to be aware of: 1. Intellect 2. Perception.
  • Our intellect takes all the information from our senses and makes meaning, symbols, language, models, understanding, logic etc.
  • Perception is the information and sensations that come to us from the world through our senses. This information doesn't necessarily have to make sense or have meaning.
  • When drawing from observation we need to learn how to let perception (visual perception in this case) tell us what marks to make on the paper. The problem is our intellect can be very dominant and will try to take over. It will try to tell us, "that is a nose and this is how you draw a nose" even if the nose we are looking at doesn't match the symbol of a nose that our intellect gives to us.
  • In this class our strategy will be to try and trick our intellect into thinking that it doesn't understand what we are asking it to do, so it will let our perception take over and show us what do draw.
  • Drawing something upside down is one way we can trick our intellect. I saw in class today that most of you were able to successfuly copy a very complicated drawing using this technique. So we are headed in the right direction.

You can download a PDF of this image HERE.

Make sure you bring an expo-marker with you to class on Thursday. Any non-permananent fine-tipped black pen will work. The kind you use on a white dry-erase board. You will also need to bring your 8" x 10" piece of glass or plastic,  your black view-finders (already cut out), your black clips and the rest of your usual drawing supplies.

Many of you didn't have bond (computer) paper with you today - you should always have a small stack of bond paper with you in class.

Thursday, September 6

Bring all your drawing supplies with you to class (including a stack of bond paper).

Make sure you have your glass or plexi-glass ("picture-plane") marked with a line down the vertical center and another line down the horizontal center in permanent black marker.

Cut out your view-finders before you get to class. The instructions for cutting the view finder are posted above.


  • Perception of edges. Edges are where two things come together. This shared edge is called a "contour" line.
  • In class we did a "blind contour" drawing of the wrinkles in our hand. In a blind contour drawing you only look at the object you are drawing and never at the drawing you are making. This exercise helps us to focus on letting our eyes tell us what marks to make and not our memory or intellect.
  • A "picture plane" is both a physical object like our piece of glass and a mental construct. In this class we use the piece of glass to help our mind understand what it is supposed to be doing - flattening space onto a two dimensional plane. This is just a temporary tool to help us learn. Eventually we will be able to draw from our mental "picture plan".
  • We used our non-permanent black marker to make a contour drawing of our hand that was sitting behind the glass. We closed one eye to help us see from only one perspective.
  • After using our graphite to tone the paper, measuring our the bounding box and marking the horizontal and verticle center lines we copied the contour drawing we did on the glass to our drawing paper.
  • We will continue this drawing and our discussion about edges next Tuesday, so bring the drawing we started in class today with you on Tuesday. (along with ALL your other supplies).
  • HOMEWORK: choose one of the line drawings below or find a similar one online and print it out. Make an exact copy of this drawing upside-down just like we did with the Picasso drawing in class. Make sure your sourcs drawing is around 8.5 x 11 inches. You will turn in BOTH your source image and your copy to me on Tuesday.

SKETCHBOOK ASSIGNMENT: Choose one of the following images or find a similar 8.5 x 11 inch line drawing online. Print it out and draw an exact copy upside-down like we did with the Picasso drawing in class. Turn in both the printout and your drawing to me next Tuesday. 

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