Deanna Williamson, Shinar, 8" x 11", ballpoint pen and watercolor, 2016
Deanna Williamson, Shinar, 8″ x 11″, ballpoint pen and watercolor, 2016

This is another sketch-book prompt that can yield endless ideas. The process is similar to the add-on drawing except that you work from photos instead of taking subject matter from your surroundings. Just collect a bunch of interesting pictures out of old magazines and put them in a folder to take along with your sketch book. Here’s the process for creating a composite:

  1. Choose a photo from the folder and draw something from it anywhere on the sketchbook page. (Feel free to leave out details you don’t want.)
  2. Choose another photo and add that into your drawing.
  3. Keep adding things until you fill your space.
  4. Let some things touch or overlap.
  5. Finish with color, pattern or shading. Or leave it as it is.

The objects you compile into a drawing may or may not be related subject matter. In my composite above, I was using mostly landscape elements when I got the idea to turn the drawing into a Tower of Babel scene.  To do that, I needed to get rid of some Grand Canyon rock formations I’d drawn in the background. Since I was working in pen, I couldn’t erase them, so I used a craft knife to cut them out and wound up cutting out the whole sky as well.  (It was really hard cutting around all those tiny branches!) I replaced the sky by gluing the drawing onto a colorful watercolor wash. (It was very difficult to glue down all those tiny branches!) Then I colored the river to reflect the sky and create a unified effect. Finally, I added the kitty in the lower left corner as a nod to my cat loving friends.

If you’re not familiar with the story of Babel, here’s a good article about it.



D.Williamson, Super Hero Ethos, 27" x 17", latchhooked rug made of recyled t-shirts
D.Williamson, Super Hero Ethos, 27″ x 17″, latch-hooked rug made of recycled t-shirts

I designed this rug for my grandson whose room is decorated with super hero comic figures. It’s made of t-shirts cut into strips and latch-hooked onto regular rug canvas.  If you like recycling, this is a perfect way to use up some old shirts.