You are about to be set adrift on a desert island and are only allowed to take with you three of your most precious belongings. What immediately comes to mind? Think about what things are really special to you and things that define who you are.
Some things are precious because they have been handed down through generations, while others hold emotional attachment for you alone. For this activity we will be creating a type of self-portrait by drawing three objects that are important to us. Draw a composition of three objects that are important to you using contour line. Do not draw pets or people or a landscape/outdoor scene. If you want to include pets, people, or place think of an object that might represent it (dog collar, cat toy, Grandma's teapot, souvenir, seashell etc)
This activity can be done on a drawing app or on drawing paper with pencil or ink.
1. Begin by selecting three objects that are important to you. These should be things that represent different aspects of you. It is ideal to draw them from life- but if you don't have them in front of you, you could take or find a reference photo.
2. Create a plan for how you want to show these objects on the page by creating three thumbnail sketches. These are quick and small sketches that allow you to organize your artwork before you begin.
You may want to consider some of these arrangements.
3. Select the sketch that you think is the best arrangement. Draw each object separately on the page using contour line. Think about the placement of the objects on the page. It is okay if the objects are not to scale- you may want to draw a smaller object as if it is bigger to show detail.
Begin by drawing in pencil- or something that you can erase.
4. Once you have drawn each object with contour lines, consider adding texture and value using marks.
Contour Line: A Contour Lineis a line that defines the edge or the outline of an object. A contour line does not use shading.
Value: Value in art is essentially how light or dark something is on a scale of white to black (with white being the highest value and black being the lowest value).
This activity is adapted from the book Just Draw It by Sam Piyasena & Beverly Philp.