Fruit: Cross Contour Line Drawing


The purpose of cross contour line drawing is to give you a better understanding of three-dimensional form. It trains you to closely observe the surface area of an object so that you can make your drawings appear more vivid.  

What you need

  • pencil & eraser
  • sketchpad 
  • coloured paper
  • subject matter (whole fruits and vegetables)

What you do

  1. For this exercise our subject will be whole fruits and vegetables. Choose one and make an outline drawing of it. Look intently it to capture it's shape and form.
  2. Draw contour lines in a horizontal or vertical direction over your subject. Closely observe the surface area to capture it's subtle curvatures.
  3. Now draw contour lines in a perpendicular direction to the first set of contour lines that you have drawn. The intersecting lines should form squares on the surface area of the object.  It should resemble a computer generated wireframe model.
  4. Look over your drawing to see if you have accurately captured the shape of your object. 
  5. Draw another contour line drawing with a different fruit.