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.
When I see a pose that I like, I try replicating it on paper. I did the sketch below quickly, but not blindly.
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.
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’.
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.
You may see hints of portraits in the jumble below. It arose from a number of false starts.
I’m getting better at drawing without looking.
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.
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.
Blind Drawing of Two Ladies at Coffee
Pen and Ink Sketch
10″x8″ 111# Moleskin Journal
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.