Activity Industry Sector
Arts, Media & Entertainment

Activity Originally Created By: Mike Morris

Guided Practice

Part of Lesson Plan: Clean Up/Trace Back for Scan Ready Artwork

Activity Overview / Details


1) Pass out photocopy of character line drawing to students along with two blank sheets of paper

2) Place the photocopy of character on light table or table surface.

3) Place blank sheet over the character, and using your red pencil analyze and draw the characters underlying basic shapes, forms, volumes only. (Rough)

4) Using blue pencil draw the single lines that will define the character. Remember to define and close off shapes. Do not fill or shade areas as this is a line drawing only. These areas will be filled and painted later once the drawing is scanned into the computer. (Refined)

5) Place the third blank page over the rough/refined red/blue drawing and now use the dagger stroke to create the final trace back. This should be the clean final drawing. There should be little to no erasing visible on this drawing. Avoid blips where strokes overlap. There should be no gaps or breaks in the lines. All areas to be filled should be closed off as shapes. (Clean Up/Trace back)

During this working time the teacher should be circulating, checking roughs and trace backs, and the execution of dagger strokes. Make verbal reminders about things to pay attention to and be aware of  like no gaps or breaks in lines where you will later desire to be able to fill areas with color, and use of consistent line weight and quality.


Materials / Resource

  • Superhero for Tracing of Basic Volumes and Underlying Forms Superhero for Tracing of Basic Volumes and Underlying Forms [ Download ] Handout for students to use to analyze for basic forms/volumes
  • Forms/Volumes in Red Forms/Volumes in Red [ Download ] Example of tracing analysis of basic forms/volumes in red pencil
  • Basic Forms in Red/Committed Lines in Blue Basic Forms in Red/Committed Lines in Blue [ Download ] Example of next step where student has added committed lines for character are defined in blue pencil
  • Graphite Traceback w/ Dagger Stroke Graphite Traceback w/ Dagger Stroke [ Download ] Example of how a final traceback using dagger stroke in graphite should look. Note that no areas are filled and shaded. All shapes and areas are closed off with solid lines. No gaps or holes. This drawing would now be ready for scanning. This is the method to be used in future productions