Category Archives: 2 Contour drawing

Project 1.2 Drawing blind

I have never tried tracking my eye with the pencil and can see what a valuable technique this is. I have drawn blind before and found the outcome pleasing due to the unexpected. When I have done this exercise before I attached card to the top of the pencil. Drawing on my lap this time under the table meant I was drawing more closely to the object so I felt more connected to it. This approach created a surprising sense of the connection with the object.

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Project 1.2 Contour drawing from memory

Drawing from memory was less enjoyable than the minute spent observing the colander. Perhaps this was because of my fondness for family history, which I have traced, as this object connects me to another century and family members who I will never meet. As I studied the surface I wondered how many meals had been prepared with it and what my great, great grandmother’s kitchen looked like. For still life going forward I will try to choose objects with which I have a connection so I can again channel this type of connection as it makes the exercise more enjoyable.

Project 1.2 Contour drawing

I chose my great, great grandmother’s colander as I like the whimsy of having such a ‘low’ family heirloom and muted grey is an interesting finish.

I had tried contour drawing on a drawing short course I did last year. I disliked it now as much as I did then. It seemed an unnatural and unsatisfying way to draw. I don’t understand how not lifting the pencil off the page adds anything to improving your observational skills. This feels like a constrained and false approach which left me frustrated.

The blind contour drawing I had also done beforeĀ  and enjoyed it due to its freer, more expressive nature. Interesting I was more accurate in places then with the earlier contour drawing exercise.