Starting Week 6 with Day 1 of The Art & Science of Drawing. Week 6 is all about contours, so let's dive in.

contour /ˈkɒntʊə/
an outline representing or bounding the shape or form of something

Three kinds of contours

  • outer-contour lines
  • inner-contour lines
  • cross-contour lines

Blind and semi-blind contour drawing

These exercise are not a strategy for good drawing, they are simple a strategy to increase your hand-eye coordination!

Blind contour drawing

  • choose a subject (for example, your hand)
  • put your drawing instrument (ballpoint pen, pencil, …) on paper
  • start tracing with your eyes the contour of your subject and record it with your drawing instrument
  • tracing should be slow, both with your eyes and on the paper
  • record every bump, nook or cranny you see
  • do not look at what you're drawing

Partially blind contour drawing

  • draw like in the blind contour drawing
  • however:
    • take every opportunity to follow the contour line inside the subject
    • once you come to an end, look at the drawing to find the point on your drawing where you dove inside
    • put the drawing instrument on that point and once again start drawing blindly

Why blind/semi-blind contour drawings?

  • they force you to observe all the details of the contour
  • they increase your hand-eye coordination

The assignment

  • do a minimum of 30 minutes of blind contour drawing
    • you may only look at your subject, not at your drawing
    • make one continuous line that records the details of the outside contour
  • do a minimum of 30 minutes of partially blind overlapping contour drawing
    • take every opportunity to follow contours inside the form until they end
    • only look at your drawing to place your pen back on the outside contour

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