“Caption: “D-11 just never could fit into the J Group.”


The other day I picked up a copy of “Eyes of the Nation: A Visual History of the United States” from the library. Illustrated with images from the collection of the Library of Congress, I have found it to be a gold mine of visual drawing fodder.

These tiny drawings (each face is smaller than a dime) were made with my Sharpie from an engraving “apparently designed” by Paul Revere called “A View of the Obelisk”, 1766. The faces in the book are even smaller… about one centimeter…

So, the assignment: Find some forefathers and draw them, but draw very tiny. The clunkier the drawing tool and the tinier your drawing, the better. (For an extra challenge, take off your glasses, or don’t use your reading glasses, and try to capture the look of the forefather that way.)

Then, for fun, enlarge them on a photocopier. This one fills an entire 8.5×11 piece of paper:


What are “Assignments”? They are mini tutorials of drawing exercises I do myself. I hope you will try some of them… drawing is a blast!!! Here are some past “Assignments”

Assignment #82: Layered Blinds

Assignment #13: Get a Stack of Books: Draw

Assignment #16: Blind Contour Giraffes

Assignment #22 – Go to the Library

Assignment #56 – Draw Cats in Bed