Thursday, 17 September 2015

Finish This Book: Blind Contour Drawing

It's been a while since I shared my progress through my Finish This Book, mainly because although I've been carrying it around in my laptop bag, I've not opened it for a few weeks. Now I'm trying to get back on track with both it and my Wreck This Journal and hopefully I'll have more to share in the coming Thursdays.

The instructions on the BLIND CONTOUR DRAWING page explain that as an investigator it is important to be able to draw occasionally. You're told to find an object and draw its outline without looking at the paper or lifting your pencil from the page as well as to research 'blind contour drawing'.

As you can see from the photo, I had mixed results with this one, though I did improve after my research.

You're not aiming to create a true to life picture, it's just a simple outline. My last two that I did were the teddy bear and the top of the bookcase and (aside from the poor teddy bear's head) they're pretty accurate.

My research (good old told me:

It's a drawing exercise which involves drawing the outline of an object without looking at the paper. You should track the object's outline with your eyes and follow the movement with your hand. You should also aim to draw one long continuous line without lifting your pencil from the paper.
There are two different people who commented on blind contour drawing. Nicolaides suggested it improved one's drawings by using both sight and touch while Edwards argued it used the right side of your brain over the left.
Seems to improve drawings by getting your hand and eyes to work together, creates more realistic drawings because you learn to follow the actual lines not memorised symbols, you learn to see all the details.
It's often used as a drawing session warm up.

I did improve once I followed the instruction to closely follow the outline with your eyes as your hand traces it. I wish I had a photo of how the top of the bookcase looked at the time I did the above drawing because it is so close. Once I finished it I stopped because there was no way  could get any more accurate than that.

It's an interesting activity though I think you'd need to practice a great deal to see any improvement in your drawing ability.

Have you ever tried blind contour drawing?


  1. Nope, I've never done that. I've never done much drawing of any sort. I did not know this was a thing.

    1. It was interesting to try. I'm not wholly convinced on the actual point of it, but I imagine it would've been a fun warm up activity in art at school. We would've found it hilarious if we'd been asked to try drawing portraits of each other or something.


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