Past Drawing Prompts

Current Prompt

Wednesday April 8th & Thursday April 9th
This is a reproduction cast of the left eye from Michelangelo’s David sculpture. Once again, look for the actual shapes of the shadows and highlights. Draw the shapes, not the eye. Use your preferred shading technique to create the values in the photo. 

As always, click on the image here to get an embiggened version. Include a photo of today’s drawing with your daily email to me. 

Past Daily Drawing Prompts

Thursday March 26 & Friday March 27

Monday April 6th & Tuesday  April 7th
Today’s image is a circa 1797 value composition that British painter JMW Turner created for his drawing students. Select a section of the image to draw today. Focus on seeing the shapes Turner created that immediately translate as bridge, building, river, etc. Create a value scale using some form of shading – hatching, crosshatching, gradient fill, etc. As always, click on the image here to get an embiggened version.

When Turner died, the contents of his studio were given as a bequest to the state. They’re currently housed in the Tate museum. This image is from the Tate’s online collection. Include a photo of today’s drawing with your daily email to me. 

Past Daily Drawing Prompts

Thursday March 26 & Friday March 27

Arrange a still life using 1 toy from around the house. Look for as many shapes as you can find. Draw the shapes that make up this object. If time permits, establish a value system using hatching. You are welcome to use my photo for your drawing; click on it for a larger version. Include a photo of today’s drawing with your daily email to me.

Tuesday March 24 & Wednesday March 25

Tuesday March 24 & Wednesday March 25
Arrange a still life using 1 ball and a strong light source – early sunlight through a window, as here, or a flashlight. Look for as many shapes as you can find in the ball and its shadow. Note that there is reflected light lessening the shadow in the bottom left. Note the highlights from both the sun and the overhead lights. Just draw the shapes that make up this object. You may shade in some way if you are inclined, but today’s goal is to just look for shapes and to draw those shapes in relation to one another. You are welcome to use my photo for your drawing; click on it for a larger version. Include a photo of today’s drawing with your daily email to me. 

Thursday March 19 & Friday March 20

Thursday March 19 & Friday March 20
Arrange a still life of 1 glass or cup, 1 fork, and 1 knife. Once arranged, try a blind contour drawing. To do this, place pencil to paper, then keep your eyes on your still life while your hand draws. No peeking. Your eyes and pencil/pen should be in the same place at the same time. This drawing will look like a hot mess. If it doesn’t, you are likely doing something wrong. Include a photo of today’s drawing with your daily email to me. 

Blind contour