Project 3.2 (A)


Before you begin the grab bag instructions, please do the following:

  1. Create 1″ margins on all four sides of 11″x15″ Stonehenge paper very lightly with a pencil.
  2. Draw a horizon line, which should NOT be in the center of the page. Keep in mind that horizon line is always horizontal.
  3. Before you begin keep in mind that you will have to take a picture with the grab bag rule and your execution of that rule every time! Please DO NOT make any recognizable shapes like flower, star, heart etc. You may make geometric or organic/biomorphic shapes for this project.

Ready? Let’s begin!

Student example:


Repeat this process at least ten times. You may check in with me to see if you need to do more than 10. Do not forget to take pictures after each addition to your drawing.

When rendering your final design, you may add/ remove/ change size of shapes to get a cohesive composition. Please also use at least one of these when rendering your final design:

  • Blurring of one or more objects
  • Use atmospheric perspective element in at least one shape
  • Use figure ground relationship to shift the pattern in an area

So now that we have this artificial space, we will now try to break it into an unrealistic/ unexpected space that also shows movement. The objective of this project is to create an interesting composition without making it look like a ‘still life’ or a ‘landscape’. If it starts to look like it, problem-solve by shifting objects around, changing the scale or even orientation of shapes. Your work area should be 9”x13” at the end.

Your final composition must be rendered using black sharpie markers along with pencil. No color for this part. Add textures and value to achieve better results. Write all the techniques you have used in this project to create texture and value such as stippling, cross-hatching, cross-contour lines etc.

Here are few student examples from last semester:





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