wk1: Contour Drawing

Hello class,

If you are not drawing at least 15 minutes a day, you are doing yourself a disservice. Carry a small drawing pad and a pencil or pen with you everywhere. Draw with intention, decide what your goal is at the beginning, .i.e. a quick blind contour. Remember contour drawings are not outlines, you draw around an object, giving it depth. Focus on lines that describe the object you are drawing.  No quick sketchy marks.  If you are having trouble with this, try a continuous line drawing (pencil is never picked up).

Well most people find their first attempts at contour drawing exhausting and often uninspiring, just give it a chance.  Contour is not about the final product but training yourself to see in detail.  Remember to hold (stop drawing well you glance at your page) and only draw when your eyes are on the subject. It takes a bit of practice but will feel natural soon enough.  Here are some ideas for your journal drawings this week.

  • blind contour
  • continuous line
  • cross contour

Tutorial on how to do continuous line drawing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t_evhNwAjo

Contour drawings help you to develop your own style and get away from having stiff boring drawings.  The more you do them, the faster you will be able to draw but in the beginning try to draw very slowly, so that you are observing and not summarizing what you are seeing.

I have started a pinterest page for the course.  Check it out, if you are looking for some inspiration.  https://www.pinterest.com/drawingIAT208/