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!

13 thoughts on “Thumbnail Drawings

  1. These drawings are great! That’s what I love about art classes, they make you do things you’d never think of on your own (at least I wouldn’t…) Makes me want to go back to school!

  2. these turned out great- i especially like the leaf.
    so, did you totally think about quilting the whole time you were drawing these? as i read the post i was thinking “this is the same way i (would, if i ever took the time) break down a shape if i wanted to make it into a quilt block.” 🙂

  3. How beautiful! Great idea to share with the kids on how something that looks complex is just a shape 🙂 thanks for sharing, yours are wonderful.

  4. I had no idea you were so talented. It reminds me of when I was shocked that you needed glasses. What the heck kind of a Mother do you have. At least she made sure you have a nice shaped head!!!

  5. I so agree about the comparison to quilt square designing. I’m working on a fly as quilt square now (yes, the kind you swat at pic-nicks!) for a very summery quilt. Boy, do I wish I had your talent!!

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