Drawing Lesson - Large-scale Drawing Of
Small Objects

Create large-scale drawings from the direct observation of small but complex objects, such as: nail clippers, clothespin, a popped kernel of corn, pin, jack, stud earring w/back, etc. For this drawing problem use a full range of values and gradations to create the illusion of volume and texture. You may also create value with line and crosshatching (you may want to sharpen your charcoal for sharp line quality). Study the shadows, mid-tones, and highlights of the object to see how they reveal the volume and nature of form.  Your drawings of the object should be as large as possible filling or going beyond the edges of the paper (cropping).  The object in your drawing should not only look oversized it should feel monumental as if it were a massive sculpture that you could work in and around.


Drawing Problem 1

3 Quick blow-up drawings: Working from a small but complex object create 3 contour line drawings as a warm up and to familiarize yourself with the object and the scale it needs to be drawn at to fill the page.

Media and Support: Charcoal and 18 x 24 Newsprint paper.

 

Drawing Problem 2

Now that you have formulized yourself with the object you can now do a new drawing of the small object in more de at monumental scale. Working from the same object create a drawing in the following way: Create a middle value ground by covering your paper with charcoal blending it to a flat even middle tone with a chamois cloth and then, 'pulling out' the lights with your gum eraser and 'pushing back' the darks with your compressed charcoal. This drawing is to fill the page and even go beyond the edges.

Media and Support: Charcoal, Compressed Charcoal, Gum Eraser and 18 x 24 Quality Drawing Paper.

 

Drawing Problem 3

The next drawing should be a blow-up/ monumental scale drawing working from the same object to create a drawing in the following way: Using the middle value gray drawing paper, 'pulling out' the lights with your white crayon and 'pushing back' the darks with black crayon. This drawing is to fill the page and even go beyond the edges.

Media and Support: Conte Crayons Black, White and Gray, Pink Eraser, Eraser Stick and 18 x 24 Gray Drawing Paper.

 

Example of large scale drawing form a small object for this lesson.

Large Scale Drawing Pop 1 Edward A. Burke Pop Corn Drawing 01    18 x 24    Conte Crayons    by Edward Burke

Pop Corn Drawing 02 Ed Burke
Pop Corn Drawing 01    18 x 24    Conte Crayons    by Edward Burke

 

Examples of students' large scale/ monumental object drawings

Student Large Scale Drawing - Instructor Ed Burke Chris Meyer

Student Large Scale Drawing from Experimental Drawing Class Michael Pizzuti

Pop Corn Drawing WCC Drawing Class
Alyssa O’Grady

Examples of Artists large scale and monumental object drawings

Jo Cook and James Whitman collaborative drawing
A sample of the over 100 collaborative drawings exhibited by Jo Cook and James Whitman at “Access Artist Run Center” in Vancouver, Canada in 2003.
Julie Meese

Large Scale Drawing Edward Burke
Penelope Dullaghan Tissue Drawin

Small objects made monumental in drawings
Claes Oldenburg Floating Three-Way Plug, 1976, Collection of Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.