Dislocated Faces

Distractions can be the source of dislocations and distortions in blind contour drawings. In the following example, I began the figure on the left just below the ear, but ended a distance away from the starting point. In the second figure, you might notice a rough curve inside it. I repositioned the pen (with the […]

Lady Drawn Too Short

I sketched the lady below immediately after the sketch from yesterday. Somehow the odd spirit of that drawing transferred to the one below. My blind drawings of profiles seem to be better than the ones I compose while sketching normally.  I started this one too low on the page and decided to continue the fiction by […]

Two Girl Outlines with Some Inner Detail

I concentrated on the outlines of these two women. I do get sidetracked while drawing some sketches. For example, I start on a shoe and follow its edge along the outside of the leg; then I go back and noodle with the inner edge. I do this sometimes, section by section. In the sketch below, […]

Man, Whose Portrait Reminds Me of Alien, the Movie

When I’m drawing blind (that is, without looking at my sketchpad surface), figures often get distorted. Below is an example of a portrait with face parts, proportionate within themselves, but not properly assembled into a whole. The overall effect of this portrait reminds me of the alien character in the movie Alien.

Post-Christmas Lego Build

Will, my grandson, got a 12,000 piece Lego set; seemed like 12,000. There were at least a dozen small cellophane packets with different parts inside. Will’s dad had the unenviable task of inventorying the parts as Will did his job as a 5-year old: undoing what his dad was doing. The sketch below is the […]

In Line (Drawn Totally Blind)

I was looking directly at the customers in line as I drew them. But the line was moving so fast that I ended up completing one figure with the body parts of another. That is, when a person moved up in line to the cashier and another took his place, I finished the first figure […]