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.
I did most of this drawing without looking at the paper. The shape of the head on the man on the right was distorted by my unconscious mind, which chose to minimize its curvature in relation to the face. I modified the figure on the left by adding hair and an eye.
* Processing Christmas: Fifth in a series of drawings made during Christmas, revisited after Christmas. The fourth in the series may be found here. Back to normal resting state.
I like this guy. This sketch is a mixture of blind drawing and sighted drawing. The contour of the head was done in the ‘blind fashion’, trying to get my pen point to follow my eyes as I scanned the outline.
* Processing Christmas: Fourth in a series of drawings made during Christmas, revisited after Christmas. The third in the series may be found here. One might think I crowded the figure onto the right hand side of the page, but I was following my granddaughter’s outline (as best as I could), while she was napping, […]
* Processing Christmas: Third in a series of drawings made during Christmas, revisited after Christmas. The second in the series may be found here. Relaxing after seven hours as a passenger. A calming drink helps.
There’s not a lot of action in bookstore cafes. People are reading, writing, tutoring, tutoree-ing, or drinking coffee with a far away look in their eyes (which would have been squinting through the smoke, if smoking were allowed). The sketch below was informed by blind drawing, but I frequently adjusted my gaze between the subject […]
* Processing Christmas: Second in a series of drawings made during Christmas, revisited after Christmas. The first in the series may be found here. There was some amount of lethargy amongst those awaiting Santa. It was hard to be excited all the time.
I’m making some progress with blind drawing. I am getting better with longer contours. Head shapes are coming more naturally. I’m not quite sure what happened with the man’s glasses (his left lens – on the right side of the paper).. I must have begun on with the downward stroke on the right and come […]
I did a lot of drawing during the Christmas holiday. The process of preparing and sharing them will help me process that time with family. The sketch below shows some of us relaxing after Santa came and went.