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
- coloured paper
- subject matter (whole fruits and vegetables)
What you do
- 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.
- Draw contour lines in a horizontal or vertical direction over your subject. Closely observe the surface area to capture it's subtle curvatures.
- 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.
- Look over your drawing to see if you have accurately captured the shape of your object.
- Draw another contour line drawing with a different fruit.