Three-Quarters Profile

Blind drawing (i.e., drawing without looking at the paper) works very well for ‘outside’ contours. That is, with practice, one can get very good at rendering skylines, landscape horizons and outlines of people’s faces. However in the case below, I tried drawing a face in three-quarters profile. This means contours inside the outline must be […]

Overlapping People

When drawing more than one person using the blind contour drawing technique,* concentrating on the each person separately can result in the capture of gesture and position. Placing the pen point appropriately for the second figure can set up intimacy between the two subjects.  The overlap is not important.   *Drawing without looking at the […]

Waiting Room Rush

As I’ve mentioned before, sketching people in waiting rooms is fraught with hazards. One is the prospect that the person you select as a subject will become aware, and protest being drawn. Another is that the person you are drawing will get up and leave before you finish.  This is what happened in the sketch […]

Triangle Bright Spot in Flatland Night

I was thinking about the figures in Flatland. What actually determines a shape? Is it a line? A line is by itself, is infinitely thin. A shape is not defined by a line, it has an edge, a divider between inside and outside. I don’t think the residents of Flatland would confuse a bright spot […]

Watercolor Portrait Over Blind Drawing

I wanted to see what would happen if I superimposed a regular, studied sketch on a blind drawing of the same portrait subject. I used a photograph of my father as the model on which to experiment. My choice of subject holds emotional content, as my dad passed away a while ago and I still […]