Ex: Contour Drawing
This was harder than I imagined, but not in the way I expected. Rather than struggling with a realistic likeness, the thing I struggled most with was only drawing the contour, not the rest of the object. I must be used to drawing the other bits of the object as well as the outside.
Getting everything to meet up, where it should be was difficult, especially with not being able to take the pen off the paper. I also found my hand got in the way.
Looking back at the sheets I’m not sure there was a great deal of improvement through the seven sheets and 26 drawings. The early ones seem as good. Not sure what that says about how I did the exercise.
The hardest thing was really getting everything in place while just drawing the outline, such as the spout lined up with the top of the handle, while the top and bottom of the spout and handles lined up with each other.
Ex: Blind Contour Drawing
It felt like the pressure was off in this exercise. Because I couldn’t see what I was drawing, I wasn’t worrying about whether it was all lined up or a true likeness. As a result I enjoyed this more than the ordinary contour drawing exercise.
I started each of the drawings in a different place on the object to see if it would change the outcome, but looking at the sheet they all look like replicas of the same object; which is good.
I wonder what would have happened if I hadn’t drawn the object 26 times already? Would this have affected the blind drawing? I think probably. I was more comfortable drawing the object as I had been looking at it for so long.
Ex Blind Contour Drawing
Reflection on Contour Drawing
I enjoyed drawing the blind drawing more, but probably because it felt like the pressure was off.
It doesn’t seem like there is much different between the two exercises as representation of the teapot, which I worry about what it says about my observational drawing skills!
How much will I use this type of drawing? Not sure, much. It seemed alien to be just concentrating on the outline, but I understand this was about observational skills mostly.