Advanced Art Lesson Plans

Cross Contour Drawing Project


This project focuses on:

  • rendering the surfaces and planes of the face
  • drawing the face by traveling across forms
  • creating a cross contour drawing that is descriptive of the three-dimensionality of the face
  • creating a rhythm of lines

Assignment: Draw a cross contour drawing of yourself in the mirror. Pay close attention to the surfaces that project outward and recede inward, such as eye sockets, cheekbones and nose, rather than edges that separate forms. With a slow, descriptive line, follow forms across the frace, paying close attention to the ups and downs of the surfaces. Emphasis is on expression the three dimensionality of the forms. A light sketch in pencil to indicate placement of features may be helful as a starting point.

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