It was a little different than I have done before: First of all, we had to do it in water-soluble PEN, not pencil (we used Tombow markers in sepia color). Second, while it's not strictly blind contour (where you aren't allowed to look away from your subject to the paper), it IS continual line contour. (On some of these, you'd think it WAS blind contour, judging from the proportions!) So we had to look at the object or objects, pick a starting point, and keep going, never lifting our pen from the paper, until we absolutely drew ourselves into a dead end and couldn't go any farther, and then we stopped. It was also TIMED contour drawing--three minutes for one item, six minutes for two, and nine minutes for three! Not much time... Here are a few examples of what I did today:
|Three-minute tongs. You can see how I got myself|
somewhere and couldn't get back...
|Six-minute bottle and lemon (sorry, the painting|
on the next page bled through).
After we did half a dozen of these, it was time to add watercolor. This one was a three-minute drawing, followed by six minutes for painting:
Our next lesson was "framing." All of these are meant for sketchbooks, not for walls--they are exercises. So since they're probably not ever going to be framed, why not introduce a graphic element to both contain the image and give it more interest? We experimented with boxes in portrait, landscape, square, and panorama shapes, and then drew in our choice with the Tombow. She encouraged us to use it not as a static box, but as part of the painting, allowing features of the painting to protrude through and, again, breaking some lines to give it more liveliness.
I was pretty pleased with this one, although the fact that it's a contour drawing means that proportions and elements in certain places are kind of wonky.