Partly Blind Drawing of Man Leaning on Chair

I have drawn this man before. He usually comes in with another guy, but I guess he wasn’t available for this portrait. In the sketch below, the outline of the man’s head resembles the real man, slightly. My version is more streamlined.

Sketch: Pen and Ink - Partly Blind Drawing of Man Leaning on Chair

Partly Blind Drawing of Man Leaning on Chair
Pen and Ink Sketch
10″x8″ 111# Moleskin Journal

Two Women Having Coffee, Drawn Blind

In my sketches, sometimes I express one figure more than another. This happened in the drawing below. My hand miscalculated the size of the larger lady’s right arm. Including the book she was reading offers her figure a focus; leaving out her eye turns down that offer. The other woman was a bit smaller and stiffer and seems to be drawn in a different style.

Sketch: Pen and Ink -Two Women Having Coffee, Drawn Blind

Two Women Having Coffee, Drawn Blind
Pen and Ink Sketch
10″x8″ 111# Moleskin Journal

Blind Drawing of Family Group

My first blind drawings (drawing without looking at the paper) were of landscapes: skylines, in particular. The sketch below reminds me very much of a skyline. I traced the outline of each figure in turn, without taking the pen from the paper.

Sketch: Pen and Ink -Blind Drawing of Family Group

Blind Drawing of Family Group
Pen and Ink Sketch
10″x8″ 111# Moleskin Journal

Blind Drawing Turned Homunculus

This is a sketch of a reclining man turned into a figure with distorted features. The distortions were unintentional (if not unconscious) since they were not directed by the eye.

Sketch: Pen and Ink -Blind Drawing Turned Homunculus

Blind Drawing Turned Homunculus
Pen and Ink Sketch
10″x8″ 111# Moleskin Journal

Readers – Blind Portraits

Here are a couple of characters. The blind drawing technique allows my hand to have its say in expressing myself.

Sketch: Pen and Ink - Readers - Blind Portraits

Readers – Blind Portraits
Pen and Ink
10″x8″ 111# Moleskin Journal

Explaining to the Michelin Girl

Taking a break from posting my blind drawings. Here is a cartoonish representation of two people chatting, one apparently wearing a down jacket, the other in a sweater.

Sketch: Pen and Ink - Explaining to the Michelin Girl

Explaining to the Michelin Girl
Pen and Ink
10″x8″ 111# Moleskin Journal

Partly Blind Drawing of Man with Pointy Chin

This sketch continues in the same vein as yesterday’s. It is the second of my small format, semi-blind drawings. The crease between the two pages of the notebook is the dividing line between the head and the face. I’m sure I wasn’t looking at the paper when I traced the contours of the face. I would never have intentionally made the man’s chin the way it currently appears. I will say however, the sketch bears a resemblance to the subject.

Sketch: Pen and Ink - Partly Blnd Drawing of Man with Pointy Chin

Partly Blind Drawing of Man with Pointy Chin
Pen and Ink
7″x5.5″ 111# Moleskin Journal

Small Format Blind Portrait of Reader

The smaller 3.5″x5.5″ Moleskin Journal fits more easily in any of my pockets. I only have one pair of trousers whose back pocket can fit the larger 5″x8″ journal. Therefore, with the new notebook, I can rotate my wardrobe that I wear to work. (Although no one has spoken to me about wearing the same pants every day.)

In the drawing below, I miscalculated the size of the body with relation to the paper. I purposely initiated the sketch of the head at a lower part of the body to fit it into the frame. I used a combination of blind drawing and normal drawing techniques.

Sketch: Pen and Ink - Small Format Blind Portrait of Reader

Small Format Blind Portrait of Reader
Pen and Ink Sketch
7″x5.5″ Moleskin Journal

Left-Handed, Blind Drawing of Young Girl

I got all the face parts in the right places. Somehow, the ‘young’ part got left out.

Sketch: Pen and Ink - Left-Handed, Blind Drawing of Young Girl

Left-Handed, Blind Drawing of Young Girl
Pen and Ink
5″x8″ 111# Moleskin Journal

Left-Handed Blind Portraits

I’m having a little trouble with my right hand. I can still draw, but I thought I might try drawing with my left hand. The results below are not too bad, although the portraits do not resemble the subjects.

Sketch: Pen and Ink - Left-Handed Blind Portraits

Left-Handed Blind Portraits
Pen and Ink
10″x8″ 111# Moleskin Journal

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