Using graphite, draw a series of (5 or more) studies of a coffee mug. Try to have a single light source and draw the mug from various points of view (i.e. turn the mug) using different drawing techniques (contour, gesture, cross-contour, light and volume, etc.) One of your drawings must be a negative space study. Drawing times will vary between 1-3 min. for gesture, 5-15 for contour, 30+ min. for light and volume (i.e. shading). The drawing above illustrates a light and volume study in the upper left, negative space study on the right, cross-contour in the lower left and another light and volume study in the lower right.

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