Red Cabbage Observational Drawings

The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things: of shoes and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages and kings. - Lewis Carroll


This week's mini-projects will be about organic curved lines and contours, aqua underwater colours and textured layers. We start Module Four with an observation drawing mini-project of the humble red cabbage. These drawings will be used as reference later for the other mini-projects and collage assignment this week.


Your model is a red cabbage. This object is important since it is like a giant fingerprint with contrasting colours, each one unique and easy to obtain. Today we will be making observational drawings in fine line marker or dip pen, as well as the Inktense pencil.

Start by slicing the cabbage. Have a look at the folds and lines and draw what you see. It need not be a perfect replica of the original, the importance is in creating lines that are in response to the what you see in the cabbage. Once you have created the cross section drawing, make smaller drawings of particular parts of this cross section that you notice. Make some of these studies in the Inktense or aquarelle pencil as well.


Making simple line drawings based on the designs found in a cabbage is a good way to prepare for this week's collage project. Keep it simple, use your sketchbook and draw what you see.

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