Assignment # 3 – Drawing contour line with 3D materials


Lines are everything when drawing. They define space and clarify aesthetics. With this in mind, line contour drawings allow artists to view the world through a simplified, clarified lense. Specifically, with portrait contour drawings, a line may imply a feature such as an eye or mouth because our brain views a shift in color or tone as a line, or rather we can simplify it to a line.

Because our project required that we work with both pencil, yarn, wire, and cardboard, our lines took on many forms and dimensions. Pencil obviously being the easiest and most intuitive to use, lines on this portrait are more precise and maintain aesthetics throughout. The yarn came in second place in terms of ease, resulting in very fluid, lines that also enhance aesthetics. Wire and cardboard are tied—in my oppinion—because of their difficulty to bend and control. The finished product is on that maintains a similar silhouette, but shows some force applied to shape the portrait.

Line drawing on tracing paper


Cardboard and yarn portrait

Cardboard and wire

Wire detail

Cardboard and wire

Cardboard detail


Working with materials such as wire and yarn, which are already wound up and ready to use, are much more difficult to control compared to a pencil, which can be added or redacted with ease. Instead of adding line whenever I pleased, these two mediums forced me to think about my long-term plans on each line and the goal that each one went towards. Lastly, maintaining shape is much more difficult with the 3D materials because they constantly want to return to their state in packaging—either spooled, curled, or straightened. A line from pencil will do whatever I want with ease.

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