Student References

Examples of student work from past assignments:
Contour Pen, Patterns, 
Value, Positive-Negative, Thumbnails, Contour, Gesture

Color Patterns


Swatch Patterns: Flat decorative motifs. Later used as repeats and therefore patterns.

Pattern Man 1. Contour figure drawings completed in pen line by hand or through Illustrator prior to application of custom-made patterns in Illustrator. 2. Patterns applied in a variety of ways.

Sketchbook Swatch gathering examples:

(PART 3 of 3) Value: Two-dimensional/flat value transitions. Tonal placement without rendering. (mixed media)

(PART 2 of 3) Positive-Negative Drawing
Black background and white foreground are distributed equally. White silhouettes have shapes that are just as interesting as the black that frames them.

 (PART 1 of 3) Contour Drawing: (pen and ink) The planes do not include designs or text that can not be “felt”. It also does not include shading, cross-hatching, or patterns. Shadows and reflections can be “outlined.” The drawings can use fantasy elements, scale, value through line, perspective, movement, repetition and more.

Thumbnail sketchesSmall group of compositional drawings completed in your sketchbook. They are quick, gesture or sketchy studies of several versions of the same objects arranged in different compositions.


Contour Drawing (white on black): A contour is a line which defines a form, edge or an outline. The contour describes the outermost edges of a form, as well as dramatic changes of the plane within the form.


Gesture Drawing: A gesture drawing records what the subject is doing or the action of the pose. It is done quickly, without forethought or planning.

Student Drawings

Student Drawings