Try drawing a contour of a mug
Let's try a simple contour drawing first. We'll do a
simple shape like a mug. First, click on the mug to the
right and print the larger picture of the mug. Then once
you have your subject (the mug) we'll do the drawing.
The below instructions are also in a flash animation if
you click on the mug at the right.
Now, looking at the picture of the mug, draw the cup
part of the mug. Notice the top edge isn't very even -
the left corner seems to bow out a little more than the
right corner. Draw that unevenness as you draw the first
line. Then draw the two
sides of the cup and notice that the left side is a
sharper angle than the right side. Then draw the bottom
arc of the cup.
Now, the handle is gonna be a little
tricky. But the easiest way is to look at the negative
space on the inside of the handle and look at the shape
that the negative shape creates. It's sort of shaped
like the right half of a heart. So draw that line which
will be the INSIDE contour of the handle. Looking at the
mug, notice that inside contour of the handle is
about one third the way down the right side of the
cup. So start the line there - about a third of the
way down. As you draw this line, keep looking at the
mug and try to make the curve as wide as it is on
the mug. And bring the line in closer to the cup as
you get closer to the bottom of the "heart" shape.
Now we'll draw the outside contour of the handle.
Look again at the mug picture and mentally gauge
where you'll start the outside contour line. The
inside line started about one third of the way down
the side. The outside line will start about halfway
between the inside contour and the top of the cup.
(just slightly closer to the top, if you want to get
really picky about it) When drawing the outside
contour of the handle, try and keep the width of the
handle consistent, the two lines should be the same
distance apart from each other the whole length of
the handle. The outer contour line will join up with
the side of the cup just a little south of halfway
between the inner contour line and the bottom arc of
the drawn cup.
The last step will be to erase the two lines
between the handle and the cup. We want to erase
those lines because doing so will make the mug we
drew a single shape. It also eliminates any detail
in the interior of the mug. A shadow of the mug
would not have the delineation of the handle and
cup. And that's it! Now you have a contour drawing
of a mug.