Drawing without ever looking at the paper is a humbling but liberating endeavor. I have started a new sketchbook (which means I now have four going simultaneously) and have been blind contouring exclusively -- just looking at things, people (Nora, notably!) and focusing on the subject, not the drawing. I have already covered pages -- and here are a few. They've all been done in a couple of minutes -- since I don't know yet how to make a blind contour drawing last. Pilot V5 pen.
I usually draw dogs with a pencil, just to convey the softness better. But I also like tackling a drawing knowing there is no erasing possible, that whatever mistake was made, it remains. I noticed as I was cross-hatching the ear, that I had not done something like this is a while. Pigma Micron 05 in Moleskine. Original Weimaraner by 8 Tea West on Flickr.
I have drawn a couple of mediocrities (my former choice of
noun was “atrocities” and it just sounded as though I was pathetically fishing
for reassurance) lately.And
because I don’t have enough shame nor enough material to post, I am owning up
to them. One is a scary
blind contour drawing of Nora, who was playing with a rattle, and the other is
– yet again, for the nth time – one of my old Birkenstocks lying there by the
bed one evening.When Nora is
older and leafs through her big Moleskine “babylogue”, hopefully she will not
hold too much of a grudge, as my
blind contour drawings of her have been disturbingly freakish.
I attempted to photoshop the gutter out on both drawings,
hence the strange fuzziness at spots.