Drawing Collections: Illustrating Stories through Taxonomies

Kate Bingaman-Burt, Illustrator & Educator

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8 Lessons (47m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:18
    • 2. Assignment

      1:44
    • 3. Identifying Your Collections

      5:22
    • 4. Drawing Collection #1: Things I Am Throwing Away

      9:58
    • 5. Digitizing Collection #1

      10:36
    • 6. Drawing Collection #2: Buttons

      6:46
    • 7. Digitizing & Coloring Collection #2

      8:26
    • 8. Wrapping Up & More Exercises

      2:03
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Project Description

Illustrate a collection that tells the story of you.

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ASSIGNMENT

Have a collection? Eager to start? Your assignment is to pull out a favorite group of objects and illustrate them to tell a story. Consider favorite t-shirts, foods you eat everyday, places you've been, or even items in your medicine cabinet. Choose simple objects that say something about you when grouped together. 

If you're feeling stuck, a great starting point is your own wallet! Open up your bag or purse, and consider those everyday items you collect and consume. Which ones tell the story of you?

I'd encourage you to explore this project as many times as you'd like. Simple objects tell interesting stories about the people who own them. There are no limits. Enjoy!

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DELIVERABLE

Upload your final illustration to the project gallery. A finished project includes:

  • Collection description (how does it tell the story of you?)
  • Analog line drawing or sketch (before digitizing)
  • Final illustration

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RESOURCES

A few of my favorite books on collections:

Check out my first Skillshare class and turn your collection illustrations into a zine!

If you enjoyed this, you might also enjoy these other Skillshare classes:

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Image courtesy of Kate Bingaman-Burt

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