Friday, September 11, 2009

Contour Drawings

Blind Contour and Modified Contour Drawings

BLIND Contour examples:

PURPOSE: To teach yourself how to REALLY look at your subject. This requires a slow observation.

How do you do it:
  • Keep your drawing tool (pencil, pen, crayon, etc.) on the paper at all times.
  • Do not lift off the paper
  • Move slowly
  • Do not look at your paper.
  • Keep your eyes fixed on your hand (or whatever you are drawing).
  • As you slowly follow the contour of your subject (the hand) with your eyes, your drawing tool will move along the paper at the same time.
  • You may look at your drawing only when you have finished.
  • Do not fix anything.
  • Expect a funny (bad?) drawing.

MODIFIED Contour Drawing

This is similar to the BLIND process except for the fact that you can now look at your drawing.

  • You still cannot lift your drawing tool.
  • You still should draw slowly.
  • You still need to look at your subject carefully.
  • Spend at least 5 minutes per drawing.

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