Today I was thinking about the process of warming up and practicing drawing to develop hand-eye coordination. I was going through a notebook full of art notes yesterday and ran across a blind contour drawing I did of something out of the blue while in the middle of my notes. I can’t even tell you what it was but the interest and energy of the line got me thinking why not have some fun and purposely develop a blind contour drawing into an abstract drawing/painting. I’m sure I am not the first to think of this but I had fun today anyhow.
Blind contour drawing is a method of drawing widely used by art teachers, where an artist draws the contour of a subject without looking at the paper.
The first drawing I did was in pencil on watercolor paper. The contour drawing itself turned out better without the watercolor. I think the watercolor was put on too stiffly. This was the first attempt.
This experiment was fun and next time I might try it on a larger scale. I think this is a great exercise not only to develop hand-eye coordination but also to let go of expectations of the finished product and loosen up a little. I would love to see the results if anyone else gives this a try.