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Experimental Drawing Lesson - Double Image Drawing

Inspired by Bruce Thompson

Guidelines for Stereo Drawings


Working from direct observation of two separate still life arrangements. In the studio, I set up two still lifes to draw from direct observation (see Figure 1). The idea is to draw one drawing directly on top of the other. In the sample below, the artist drew the still life on the right first (Figure 2). Then the artist drew the second still life directly on top of the first (Figure 3). It is best to draw the second drawing in a different color. It will make it easier to keep track of where you are in the second drawing and lessen the confusion of drawing on top of the first drawing.


After you have both contour line drawings on top of each other, use the intersecting shapes to create the composition with various tones, patterns, textures, and gradations.

Materials: HB to 6B graphite woodless pencils and graphite sticks, 18 x 24 quality drawing paper.


Figure 1


Figure 2 Contour drawing of still life on the right.


Figure 3 The second contour drawing is in green over the first.


Figure 4 Double still life drawing

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