Module 2.1

Introduction to Contour Drawing

Contour lines serve as the foundation for constructing diverse types of artworks, and are the base on which all drawing styles and techniques are built. Contour drawing abilities are beneficial for whatever future artistic goals students may have.

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2.1.B1

Introduction to Contour Drawing, Second Edition
By Brenda Hoddinott

10 Week Drawing Course for Beginners: Contour lines are the foundation on which all drawing styles and techniques are built. Wherever the shared edges of spaces or forms meet, contour lines are created. When contour lines come together to create shapes, everything you can see or imagine can become a contour drawing. Advancing your contour drawing abilities is beneficial to whatever art aspirations you may have.

About the Author

Brenda Hoddinott

Author of Drawing for Dummies, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Drawing People, Drawing Book 1: Getting Started, and owner of Drawspace.com

Individual Lessons


FREE 2.1.R01

LESSON PLAN TOPIC 2.1
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.A1

Draw from One Point to Another
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.A2

Draw Lines that Meet at an Angle
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.A3

Draw Horizontal and Vertical Lines
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.A4

Draw Diagonal Lines
By Brenda Hoddinott

FREE 2.1.A5

Blind Contour Drawing
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.A6

Draw Simple and Compound Curved Lines
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.A7

Draw Shapes with a Long Curved Line
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.A8

Draw Lines Inside Squares
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.A9

Draw Shapes Inside Squares
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.A11

Draw Shapes with Perpendicular Lines
By Brenda Hoddinott

FREE 2.1.A12

Draw a Circle Freehand
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.A13

Shape Up Straight Lines
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.A14

Create Six Contour Drawings
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.A15

Draw a Caveperson
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.A16

Line Up Shapes and Lines
By Brenda Hoddinott

FREE 2.1.A17

Draw Keiko, a Manga Baby
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.A18

Draw Kasumi, a Manga Girl
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.A19

Draw Kensuke, a Manga Boy
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.A20

Sketch a Simple Scene
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.A21

Sketch a Still Life Object
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.A22

Use a Manikin to Sketch a Figure
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.A23

Draw Your Hand Proportionately Correct
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.A24

Sketch Figures from Life
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.A25

Draw a Cartoon Merbaby
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.A26

Draw a Cartoon Alligator
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.A27

Outline Fur Around Contours
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.A28

Contour Kayla Koala Notabear
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.A29

Contour Furry Fluppy Puppy
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.A30

Draw Spot the Frog
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.R1

Checking Out Contour Lines
By Brenda Hoddinott

FREE 2.1.R2

Drawing with Feathered and Continuous Lines
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.R3

Practicing Skills within Guidelines
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.R4

Identifying Straight Lines
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.R5

Contouring From Traditional to Digital
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.R6

Identifying Curved Lines
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.R7

Sizing Up the Proportions of a Shape
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.R8

How to Render Contour Drawings
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.R9

Sizing Up a Drawing Subject
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.R10

Capturing Your World in a Sketchbook
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.R11

How to Sketch Figures from Life
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.R12

How to Draw a Human Hand
By Brenda Hoddinott

2.1.R13

How to Contour Long and Short Fur
By Brenda Hoddinott