MY NAME IN PERSPECTIVE – Measurement, Colour, Space

Students use twistable coloured pencils to create a drawing that includes their name in one-point perspective and a cartoon character that represents some aspect of themselves.

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MY NAME IN PERSPECTIVE – Measurement, Colour, Space


  • Crayola Twistable Coloured Pencils - 24 Count
  • Crayola Fine Line Markers - Black
  • Crayola Coloured Pencils
  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9"x 12")
  • Rulers
  • Pencils
  • Erasers


Step 1
  1. The width of the paper is 30.5 cm.
  2. Measure 2.7 cm in from the left side of the paper.
  3. Measure 2.8 cm in from the right side of the paper.
  4. The space in between these measurements is 25 cm.
  5. Count the number of letters in your name.
  6. Divide 25 by that number to get an equal number of spaces for your letters.
  7. Mark the spots.
  8. Draw vertical guidelines at each mark.
  9. Draw horizontal guidelines for the top, bottom and middle of the letters.
Step 2
  1. Measure .5 cm to the left of each guide line.
  2. Draw a new vertical guideline at this mark.
  3. This will create a space between each letter.
Step 3
  1. Lightly draw block letters inside each box.
Step 4
  1. Draw the horizon line close to the top of the paper.
  2. Mark the vanishing point near the middle on the horizon line.
  3. Decide how far back you want your letters to go.
  4. Draw a horizontal line at this spot.
  5. Line up your ruler from a corner of a letter to the vanishing point.
  6. Lightly draw a line along this line, stopping at the horizontal guideline.
  7. Repeat for every letter.
Step 5
  1. Line your ruler up so it is parallel to the side of the paper.
  2. Draw vertical lines from the far corners of the vertical parts of the letters.
Step 6
  1. Line up your ruler with the diagonal part of a letter.
  2. Draw a line for the end of the letter starting at the far corner and parallel to that diagonal line.
Step 7
  1. Imagine yourself as a cartoon character.
    - What aspects of yourself would it represent?
    - How would it show something about you?
    - What cartoon style of drawing would you use? Why?
  2. Make several sketches of yourself as that cartoon character.
  3. Choose the one you like best.
Step 8
  1. Trace the cartoon in front of your name.
  2. Place it so it is still possible to read the letters of your name.
  3. Erase all the guide lines.
  4. Use a black fine line marker to outline everything.
Step 9
  1. Use twistable coloured pencils to colour everything.
  2. Choose 3 different colours for the letters,
    - one light colour – use this where the light hits the letters the most
    - one medium colour – use this where the light hits the letters a little
    - one darker, contrasting colour – use this where the light casts a shadow
Illustrated Crayon Character