With enough practice, blind contour drawing can help you sharpen your visual sense and observation skill. You
will be able to overcome the stereotypical ways of seeing a subject matter, while at the same time improve your
Even if your art style is heavily leaned into cartoon as compared to realism, for example, this method can still
help to improve your overall artistic ability. Furthermore, it is simple enough to be learned by almost anyone with
decent eyesight, and can be a fun de-stressing activity that can be carried out anywhere you go.
Despite the name, you do not have to close your eyes while drawing. Start to learn blind contour drawing by
focusing your sight and attention to an object, trace its line with your eyes, and draw it without as much as a
glance at the paper while your pen moves.
Naturally, that second part is enough to send people into objections. “But how can I accurately draw something
if I cannot see my progress?” they cried. And that is the point exactly. As the name suggest, you are suppose to
draw the contours of an object while training your hand to follow your eyes.
The accuracy of the details does not matter much because the aim is not to produce a perfect drawing in the
first place. Simply take your time to follow the outline of the object slowly with your eyes, while running the pen
at the same pace.
Typically, blind contour drawings have an eccentric and almost abstract look to it, unlike normal drawings. And
it is perfectly fine. You should have a good, critical look at the final product to make an estimate of how good
your eye-to-hand coordination is. Having said that, it would not automatically mean that you coordination is bad
just because the lines are quirky and sprawled all over the paper.
Have a few practice sessions daily so you can keep track of your progress. Better yet, compile all of your
practices over a period of time, and see how much you have improved within that time.
You can vary your drawing sessions
by picking unfamiliar objects as your practice target. This will make sure that you do not have a specific shape
etched to your memory, thus improving your concentration.
If you prefer familiar, everyday objects, try to invert it or look at the object from a new perspective. Most
importantly, make sure the object is interesting enough to hold your attention for a period of time, yet easy
enough to practice on without over stressing yourself.
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