Jessica Russo Scherr

Art Education

Medium: Pencil (Advanced option in charcoal or watercolor)


Your assignment: Create a pencil drawing of cloth draped over something. Capture the different values.


* Include a bit of the surrounding environment so the chairs do not look like they are flying in space.


* You should make sure to shade the negative shape to create contrasts with the cloth.

* Set the cloth up somewhere where it will be untouched for at least 1 1/2 hours while you work.

* Use a solid cloth


To really understand this assignment, check out the drawings and studies of cloth by Albrecht Durer and Leonardo DaVinci.


Notice how the Leonardo DaVinci drawing really conveys the sense of the forms underneath the cloth.

Cloth Fabric

Just about every example is from a former student of mine.  Many thanks to them for all of their time and dedication.

How to earn a good grade on your homework

Follow the criteria presented in class and on the website.

Homework  assignments will take between 1 and 3 hours to complete.

All homework should be completed in your journal unless specified otherwise (not printer paper).

Fill the A4 Page of your journal.

Include a background when applicable.

Shade using a full range of values using a drawing pencil unless specified otherwise.

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