part one:

Create a Framing Window.
You will use this for perspective, proportion & composition.
You may use string or thread to make the intersecting vertical & horizontal lines, or you may draw with grease pencil upon clear acetate & affix this behind the frame.

The squares created should be equal in size, one square inch.
Make the opening of the window 10" tall & 6" wide.
After you have made the framing window, make a stand for it that you can place down to hold it in place.      
I recommend foam-core, but you may use any sturdy material.


Remember Neatness.


part two:

Frame an interior composition in your room (or elsewhere) to draw, but include an open window or a mirror in your reflected view.
Make sure you have overlapping planes/objects in your composition.
Draw this interior scene with window (also draw what is outside the window) by looking through your framing window.

Make corresponding squares on your paper.
Each square should be 2" on the paper, making your drawing 20" x 12" (or 12" x 20").
The squares should be drawn lightly, or use a light blue colored pencil.
Use 2 or 3 varieties of wooden or mechanical pencils.

Make sure there is a reflection in your mirror or a view in the window: no blank views or dark night views.

This picture illustrates how I want various planes depicted: one in front of the other.
Notice the coat in front of the mirror in front of the dresser in front of the bed in front of the wall.
This is the type of layered composition I want you to employ.

Also notice the various textures in this drawing: smooth, rough, furry, etc.

Make sure you draw your grid lines very light, so they are hard to see and easy to erase, later.
As I mentioned, a light blue pencil may be useful to draw the grid, but make sure it is a type that is easy to erase!

Next week you must bring in the completed viewfinder and the beginning stage of your drawing.
The drawing must have a completed composition and the texture should be begun.