One of the problems blind drawing presents is the re-placement of the tip of the pen after drawing a contour. It takes a good deal of skill to complete an outline in which the starting point coincides with the end point. Even if one accomplishes this, lifting the pen point from the drawing surface removes any point of reference. The inner contours of the figure may not fit within the outer silhouette. This is one of the reasons that I peeked when I drew the figure below.
I drew the head of this figure without looking. The contour came out pretty good. The rest of the drawing is a combination of blind drawing and regular sketching.
I began a series of blind drawings. This is a technique whereby one does not look at the paper when sketching the subject. I try to use my eye to trace the contour of the figure I am drawing whilst moving my pen point across the paper. The hope is to link the eye movement with the motion of the pen point. I find that my eye always skips forward. I have to work to slow down my gaze.
I was trying to do two sketches in the picture below. I ran out of time.
Sometimes I work in the morning. I sketched this company of men. It was the first time I’d seen them together.
Sampling of cafe denizens.
Intimidation? Possibly. I am always wary of someone protesting my sketching, particularly when I’m sitting directly across from them. No one has every said a thing. This woman was so pretty that maybe I didn’t want to stare. I did her an injustice.
I don’t know how many times I’ve started to sketch when another person interrupted the line of sight between my subject and me. Rather than start again, I usually try to draw the second subject, overlapping with the original one. This is harder than it looks; contour lines of the background figure are a source of confusion.
There were a lot of faces and figures that interested me in this sketching session.
These two were deep in conversation.
Yes, this man’s hair really was that high! I captured his slough too.