Manual Portfolio
Dream House

This is my final project for my first and only drawing class. It is a representation of a rough draft of my dream house. It is drawn in two point perspective. I did this out of my head without a model, or photographs to look off of. A weakpoint I feel is the grass in front, as well as the perspective on the incline grade that the driveway is supposed to be on. Other than that I feel very happy with this work and feel that it is my best yet.

Study of 6 Types of Light

This was an assignment to demonstrate our understanding of highlight, light, shadow, core shadow, reflected light, and cast shadow, and how these contribute to creating the illusion of three-dimensionality. It is also to practice three different styles of shading: stippling, cross-hatching, and scribbling.

Stippled Sphere

This is a close-up of the stippled sphere from the previously mentioned excercise. It is to show detail.

Cross-hatched Sphere

Detail of the cross-hatched shpere.

Scribbled Sphere

Detail of the scribbled sphere.


This was a 2 hour in-class still life that helped me to feel confident that I could actually make something look three-dimensional. Although it is not finished I include it here becuase it represents a high point to me.

Destroy a Square, Reassemble a Square

This is an activity in my first and only design composition class in which we are to take two four by four inch squares and cut them up as we pleased and in one half arrange the pieces into a composition that does not resemble a square, while in the other half rearrange the pieces into a composition that looks as if it could easily be pushed back into a square.

Destroy a Square

Detail of "Destroy a Square."

Reassemble a Square

Detail of "Reassemble a Square."


This is a piece from my composition class that uses values and shape in a non-objective composition to make visual descriptions. I chose to attempt to convey placid.

Line Exercise

This is a composition exercise to> demonstrate an understanding of asymmetry and emphasis. Using three repeating line styles, with similar components, create unity and rhythm in a vertical composition, a horizontal composition, and a diagonal composition.

Vertical Line Exercise

Detail of the "Vertical Line Exercise."

Horizontal Line Exercise

Detail of the "Horizontal Line Exercise."

Diagonal Line Exercise

Detail of the "Diagonal Line Exercise."


This was the first exercise in my composition class. We were to use all of our materials in order to create a non-objective composition.


This was a 2 hour in-class drawing exercise done later in the term, just for practice applying what we had learned.


This was a composition assignment. The goal was to use nine or more values in order to show depth. My subject was the Columbia River Gorge, however, the painting was done from memory.

Calla Lilly

This in-class charcoal exercise was to help in our ability to "see as an artist sees." We were given a blurred image and asked to draw what we saw and slowly the image was sharpened. Then when it was clear we were asked to turn our work upside down and then we finally saw what we were drawing- a calla lilly.

After a Rain

This is a charcoal drawing that was not a school assignment.


This is a motif project from composition class. The assgnment was to draw an asymmetrical, non-objective shape in a 2 inch square, cut that shape into a stencil and then copy it onto a final paper and color in the positive and negative spaces randomly in order to porduce the final work.

Fishing Reel

This is a drawing from early on in my first drawing class that I felt turned out well.

Final Still Life

This is the last still life from my drawing class. I tried to implement the Mondrian grid to attain the proper spacing and proportion of objects.

Landscape Design

This is a rough draft of a yard design for a friend. They did not want to spend a whole lot of money on grading, paving, and a lot of plants. They just wanted to plant some nice plants, create walkways, and flower beds, and a garden space. This is my first formal attempt to draw a plan and it is not complete. I simply include it to show that although I do not have a formal eduacation in designing, it is how I think. I take into consideration the angle of the sun, direction on prevailing wind, erosion on slopes, soil conditions, frost pockets, visual lines, living spaces, and all other aspects that I can think of that go into creating a lasting, functional, sustainable, easily maintained, and appealing design.

Perspective Studies 1

This is the first of a set of studies that I chose to include in my portfolio in order to display my understanding of perspective drawing. They are interspersed throughout the presentation.

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