Monday, January 31, 2011

Project 2: Collage Drawing

Collage drawing

Project description:

Develop a collage drawing of observed forms using the techniques discussed in class. Possible subject matter may include still life, landscape, figure, and portrait.


To further understand non-conventional drawing techniques. To understand the connection between technique, material, concept, and expression.


Multi-toned paper (either purchased or made), rubber cement or glue stick, craft paper, scissors, pencils, illustration board.


The drawing should be 14” square minimum, no maximum, with a minimum 1” border. All values are to be suggested by the collaged toned paper.


  • Using a clip lamp or other strong light source (may be natural) light your subject in such a way that you are aware of clear planes of light and shadow.

  • Lay out your composition in light pencil lines on a neutral piece of paper or illustration board.

  • Use pieces of the toned paper to create areas of light and dark and suggest subtle gradations. How you create the paper shapes is entirely up to you. They may be torn, cut, identical, irregular, etc. They may be ANY kind of paper!

  • Only use black, white, and gradations of grey for this project. Craft paper is OK.

  • Glue pieces down as you go, making corrections by covering with additional pieces.
  • Try to create a believable quality of light.


  • Experiment with different techniques for creating the collage pieces. Paper may be all the same shape (cut from a hole puncher) or wildly irregular. Paper shapes could be created from a paper shredder. Think about how this tactile quality will affect the look and expressive possibilities of your drawing.

  • Consider the difference between hand-toned paper and purchased. Consider found value sources, but make every effort to keep all paper approximately the same texture.

  • Experiment with light directions; use as strong and dramatic a light source as possible.
  • Step back from your project FREQUENTLY.

  • Reflected light is almost ALWAYS darker than any plane being hit by the light source.
  • See the class blog for examples.

Due date:

Tuesday, February 15th.

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