Memory Drawing Prompt 52

Article by Darren Rousar.

This is the final prompt in the Memory Drawing Prompt series. If you don’t know what that means, give this article a read first.

Like last week, this week’s Memory Drawing Prompt image is something from real life that you’ll create on your own. Unlike last week, feel free to try something more complex. However, as before keep it lit by a single light source.

You can use pencil, charcoal, or pen for this week’s Prompts. You can also use the same paper as you did for the previous Prompts: cut or ruled into 3″ x 4 3/4″ rectangles (one rectangle per attempt).

Since your source is more complicated, this week the timer is set for 120 seconds.

The process is similar to that for the other Prompts:

  1. Start the timer.
  2. Direct your attention to your source.
  3. Close one eye to flatten your view of the scene.
  4. Pay attention to the overall outline first.
  5. Then observe how the shadow pattern interacts with the outline.
  6. When the beep sounds, turn away from the source and commence drawing from your memory.
  7. Take a long as necessary to do your memory drawing, but do not take a peek at your source.
  8. Checking your results is simply a matter of comparing your drawing to the scene.

On the following days, feel free to use the same setup or reposition the objects and/or lighting.

Be sure to have your audio on and its volume audible.
If you’re ready, let’s begin.


Finally, I hope you enjoyed a full year of Memory Drawing Prompts and that your visual memory improved. Going forward, why not resolve to spend the next 52 weeks doing memory drawings from real life scenes on your own?

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