Contour Line Drawing

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cross-contour line drawing vocab and assignment simple objects, hand drawing portrait

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Cross- Contour Line Drawing:

Cross- Contour Line Drawing Contour Lines: the outline of the object’s edges (as opposed to shading or modeling) Cross-Contour Lines: parallel lines that run across the surface of an object

Cross contour drawing:

Cross contour drawing A cross contour drawing contains parallel lines that run across the surface of an object (or radiate from a central point), such as those that appear on a topographical map or a digital wireframe. The lines can run at any appropriate angle (sometimes at multiple angles) and may continue across objects and into the background. Cross contour drawings typically follow the rules of perspective, with lines drawn closer together in the distance and further apart in the foreground. In this type of drawing, the illusion of three-dimensional volume is created entirely with line.

Reasons we do this exercise:

Reasons we do this exercise Drawing form can be done with very little lines Cross contours are used when cross hatching Helps us describe form This is an excellent way to gain familiarity with the volumes and three-dimensional forms in your project, producing analytical cross contour drawings that are suitable for sketchbooks or early preparatory sheets.

Cross Contour Line Practice: Simple Objects:

Cross Contour Line Practice: Simple Objects Use a simple object and draw it 5 times Object should be a piece of fruit or a shell for example Draw the object at different angles Make them the size so the 5 fill the page Parts that are further away are smaller and lighter Closer pieces are darker and thicker Use a pencil and an eraser

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Examples

Cross Contour Practice: Hand Drawings:

Cross Contour Practice: Hand Drawings Use your right or left hand (depending on your writing hand) Find a position that is easy for your hand to remain in for 10 minutes Lightly draw the cross contour lines of your hand position Try this as many times until your hand is represented in a 3-D way

Cross contour Hand drawings:

Cross contour Hand drawings

Cross Contour Portrait:

Cross Contour Portrait Pick 5 portraits out of the magazines Use 3 of them to practice on and draw the contour lines on their faces Now pick out your favorite of the last 2 and begin drawing/copying the face into your sketchbook Make very light marks, because there will need to be a lot of detail in the cheeks, the nose and the lips After the face is complete, add a cool background of geometric lines Use varied weight (line thickness) by repeatedly tracing over the contour lines to show volume (Different thickness in pen help show 3-D form) If there is time, go over the drawing in sharpie to make the drawing look more like a finished piece

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