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

Uneasy Man Standing While Reading a Book

When I see a pose that I like, I try replicating it on paper. I did the sketch below quickly, but not blindly.

Sketch: Pen and Ink - Uneasy Man Standing While Reading a Book

Uneasy Man Standing While Reading a Book
Pen and Ink Sketch
8″x10″ 111# Moleskin Journal

Sitting Man, Drawn Blind

I kept track of my strokes in this drawing. The drawing begins with the letter ‘A’, at the top of the man’s forehead; the pen point proceeded to point ‘B’. I lifted the pen and looked at the sketch as I re-positioned it, and marked it as point ‘C’. I continued in this manner until I finished.  I peeked at the paper when I shaded the back of the chair.

Sketch: Pen and Ink - Sitting Man, Drawn Blind

Sitting Man, Drawn Blind
Pen and Ink Sketch
10″x8″ 111# Moleskin Journal

Girl with Headphones Drawn Blind

I only looked at the paper after completing the first contour. I marked the starting and point of the main contour with the letter ‘A’, and the end point with ‘B’.

Sketch: Pen and Ink - Girl with Headphones Drawn Blind

Girl with Headphones Drawn Blind
Pen and Ink Sketch
8″x10″ 111# Moleskin Journal

Blind Drawing and Lapse in Concentration

In a blind drawing, one’s gaze follows the contour as the hand holding the pen attempts to limn those curves on paper. One must concentrate. The drawing below shows what happens when concentration fails. I drew the face of the left-most figure twice.

Sketch: Pen and Ink - Blind Drawing and Lack of Concentration

Blind Drawing and Lack of Concentration
Pen and Ink
10″x8″ 111# Moleskin Journal

Mother and Child

Again, this was a partial blind drawing. I captured the difference between the contours of an adult and those of a child. I provided the internal details and the motion of the child’s arm after completing the outline.

Sketch: Pen and Ink - Mother and Child

Mother and Child
Pen and Ink
5″x8″ 111# Moleskin Journal

Blind Drawing of Two Ladies at Coffee

The unembellished blind-drawn outline of a figure is much like that of a line that describes the contours of forested landscape. The outlines of the figures below were drawn without looking. I added interior details after the outlines were completed.

Sketch: Pen and Ink - Blind Drawing of Two Ladies at Coffee

Blind Drawing of Two Ladies at Coffee
Pen and Ink Sketch
10″x8″ 111# Moleskin Journal

Mostly-Blind Drawing of Man at Next Table

I was more successful drawing this piece blind (mostly). I followed the contour of the crease of the shirt on the man’s shoulder. I continued the shoulder line after placing the pen at the appropriate place, with the help of my vision. The fold of the binding separates the halves of the sketch and does not lend itself to the tip of a pen guided in blindness. Most of the outline was drawn without looking.

Sketch: Pen and Ink - Mostly-Blind Drawing of Man at Next Table

Mostly-Blind Drawing of Man at Next Table
Pen and Ink Sketch
10″x8″ 111# Moleskin Journal

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