Now and then, the pen tip is not where the blind drawer thinks. The result in this case is the erroneous location of various facial features.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
I drew this using a combination of blind and ‘normal’ drawing techniques. The distortion in the girl’s shoulder emphasizes her relaxed attitude. I’m sure that the blind sketching method is responsible for that.
This is an example of the drawings I do without looking at the paper. I have described drawing a family gathering such as this, as akin to drawing a landscape. The outline is virtually the same as a skyline. In most of my ‘blind drawings’, I peek a little bit, to get my bearings. In […]
I carefully outlined the two left-most figures and added some internal features. I drew the mustache on the next figure very quickly, along with the rest of the face. As for the fourth person, I drew him with tentative strokes, a totally different technique than I used for the first two portraits.
My sketching was proceeding nicely. I had reached the right balance of blind and non-blind sketching for the first three figures (starting at the left-hand side of the paper). For some reason, my sketch of the final character got out of control. I think it was that person’s sharp features. Drawn blind, they contributed to […]
This is a sketch of a reclining man turned into a figure with distorted features. The distortions were unintentional (if not unconscious) since they were not directed by the eye.
Here are a couple of characters. The blind drawing technique allows my hand to have its say in expressing myself.