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Divided Drawing

An exercise that demonstrates the different traits of contrasting art mediums.

This lesson was presented to my students aged 9 to 15. The above example was completed by the 15 year old student.

Have courage and maximize the potential of each medium.

There are two methods to tackle this project. You can split your reference image in half, then sketch and paint each side separately. Or you may choose to create the full picture in two different mediums side by side, as shown above with the peacock.

To start, you need to find an excellent reference photo. You can select a photo you've captured of your pet, use a calendar image featuring a beautiful animal, or conduct a quick online search on one of my preferred free image platforms such as

Divided Drawings

Supply List:

Feel free to substitute for items you don't have.

  • Drawing board or clean, flat table surface

  • Two separate mediums of your choice, great options are charcoal, pen & ink, watercolor*, oil pastel, acrylic paint*, markers, colored pencil.

  • 18" x 24" paper.

  • Your reference image

  • pencil and eraser for sketching *If you're using a paint medium, I recommend taping your paper down to your work surface so it does not buckle from moisture.


Give yourself an 1-2 hours for this project. Or work on it over multiple days.

  1. Fold your paper in half, hot dog style (with a vertically dividing line) or measure and draw a line to show the middle of the page.

  2. If you are right handed, I suggest beginning with the left side of the page. Complete that drawing first before moving on to the right. And vice versa for lefties.

  3. Try various techniques with your mediums of choice, to really push them to their individual limits.

  4. Sit back and admire your work!

It is fun to pair a colorful side with a monochrome one. I would love to see what you create! Share your results in the comments.

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