Thumbnail Drawings

We are in the midst of the Spring semester for my design class.  I turned in my line collage a couple weeks ago (I was so relieved to see I earned the full points), and since then, we moved on to designing with shapes.

Our next project was learning how to design with shapes.  Our teacher gave us three photos with instructions to draw eight thumbnails of each photo using only geometric shapes. No literal drawing allowed.  Squares. Rectangles. Circles. Ovals.  Triangles.

I received a photo of a rooster, so I starting drawing with triangles:

rooster thumbnails

After choosing one design, and experimenting with filling in the shapes with texture, we had to enlarge that drawing 300% and transfer it to a white illustrator board.  The next step was to fill in the larger drawing with black Higgins waterproof black ink.  Here is the enlarged rooster shape drawing I turned in:

Rooster Shape Drawing

The second photo I received was of a Gerber daisy flower, so I started drawing with ovals, circles and more triangles:

daisy thumbnails

Here is the enlarged daisy shape drawing I turned in:

final daisy shape drawing

Finally, I received a photo of a maple leaf, and I started drawing with ovals, triangles and diamonds:

leaf thumbnails

Here is the enlarged leaf shape drawing I turned in:final leaf shape drawing

This was a grand think-outside-the-box exercise for me, and I am happy with how each of my drawings turned out.  Everyone has such a unique perspective, so I am curious to see what other students came up with. This is the beginning of my art and design education, and I am excited to be in the midst of it!

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