Saturday, August 13, 2005

contour drawing

Originally uploaded by leap-of-faith.
On thursday I started an evening class - "Elements of Design" at the local Polytechnic. I was expecting to be taught the 'rules' of design - but she has shaken us by teaching us more through loosening us up by having some fun, and getting us to get rid of our inner critic!!
Well she had us doing contour drawings - that involves very slow (i.e. intense concentration on what you are seeing) drawing the outside (countours) of on object with your eyes on the object 99% of the time - that is you can look at the object but not at what you are drawing. Needless to say this means a not very accurate drawing and a lot of mental energy to kill that critic that says what you have done is not very good!.

It does however put feeling and freedom into your drawing which she is trying to teach us to do.


Blogger Ste.pha.nie said...

You are sharing some very important information, the lesson is big, applicable in life, even. I remember doing lots of these contour drawings my first few year in college. Thanks for the reminder :)

2:17 PM  
Blogger Karoda said...

I do not have any natural or cultivated drawing skills, but when I do sketch objects, I've always liked my sketches better when I keep my eye on the object...not having any formal classes, I never knew it had a name. If I start looking down at the page, I just know I will start erasing. But thanks for the information. It makes perfect sense.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous TatjanaA said...

I, too learned this in an art course, and was surprised at how representative my drawings were. It really does amaze.

12:50 PM  

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