Drawing projects at home: Part 3

The final project in the series is a bit of a longer investigation. The artist ends up with a collection of references that they can use for lots of ideas in the future!

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Project 3: Textures!

A collection. (approx. 30 mins)

You’ll need: Pens or pencils – a selection of both, if you have them. A few sheets of paper and something to lean on, like a book.

Create a collection of texture drawings which will help you out in the future!

Do this: Walk around your home, looking out for different textures. Can you see anything soft? Shiny? Fluffy? Rough? Look for as many types as possible.

You could look in different rooms, inside cupboards, maybe go outside?

Draw some of the ones that are most different.

(If you need some ideas to start, how about – a furry toy, something wooden, a leaf?)

Tips: This is quite a challenging project. Here are some tips that might help:

  • Viewfinder (Top Tip) – You don’t have to draw the whole object, you might find it easier to focus on a small area of texture. If you want to do this you can use a viewfinder to help. (See below for how to make a viewfinder.*)
  • Marks – Think carefully about what type of marks you want to make. Is the texture light and feathery? Would you use long lines? Or maybe thick, heavy dobs? Try different pens and pencils if you have them.
  • Patterns – see if you can notice any repeating patterns.
  • Shine – If a surface is shiny and solid (like glass or plastic), you might just be trying to draw the light or shapes reflected in it.

When you’ve finished, keep your drawings together as samples for future reference. This is the beginning of your ‘textures’ collection that you can refer back to (and add to) at any time!

*How to make a viewfinder.

You’ll need: scissors and a piece of paper.

Do this: Fold a piece of paper in half and cut out a small rectangular shape on the folded edge. Open it up, and voila! Your piece of paper is now a viewfinder – hold the paper up to focus on a small area of an object.

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So there you have it! 3 drawing projects to get started with some adventures into drawing, using things that you might find at home.

Feel free to get in touch and let me know how you got on!

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