How Drawing Blind Teaches You How to See
Today I worked on blind contour drawings of my hand. In a blind contour drawing, you make the drawing with one continuous line and don’t look down at the page as you draw.
Detail of Hand Drawing
I didn’t realize that the purpose of a blind contour drawing is to train your eye to really look at your subject and absorb every detail. I enjoyed being able to go slow and focus intently on one thing at a time. You also get a little surprise looking at your drawing when you’re done.
There’s a long tradition of artists that practice blind contour drawing. I just found the work of Allison Kunath – who spent seven years making blind contour portraits. She uses a Micron pen and I love seeing what parts of the face she focused on while she drew. She also mentions how being blind releases you from the pressure of making it look perfect.
What I Learned Today
Hands are made of individual sections – not just fingers.
Drawing joints, knuckles, and palm lines make hands look more real.
Nail shapes change based on your viewing angle.
What I’ll Try Tomorrow
Start with a 3 x 5 minute blind contour drawings to warm up.
Work on another set of 3 x 15 minute contour drawings.
Finish with 1 x 30 minute continuous line drawing.
Use a Micron Pen – don’t worry about mistakes.