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