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 […]

Rectilinear Beginnings

Looking from left to right, one sees parallel lines and right-angle corners. As we get into the white field, the black horizontal line turns into a blue/white interface and starts to sag. In the blue field, there is a white dot and a larger black one. One could say that the right hand side of […]

The Space Between Analog and Digital

I wrote the paper below as part of an assignment for a class I took in the late 1990s. It relates to a recent visual post (Analog and Digital Realms) as well as to the original mission of this blog (which was to autism from my perspective as a sibling of an autistic brother). In […]