Blind drawing


Blind contour drawing is a drawing technique in which the drawer only looks at the object while drawing, not at the paper. It is a technique used a lot by drawing teachers for art students to warm up and loose the common fear of drawing. It trains the hand and the eye to work as a team and also encourages to look more closely at our environment that surrounds us everyday. The technique was introduced by Kimon Nicolaïdes, Betty Edwards further popularized it in her book The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

“Edwards suggests that pure contour drawing creates a shift from left mode to right mode thinking. The left mode of the brain rejects meticulous, complex perception of spatial and relational information, consequently permitting the right brain to take over. Blind contour drawing may not produce a good drawing; however it helps students to draw more realistically, rather than relying on their memorized drawing symbols.”
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_contour_drawing)

Further reading:
Edwards, Betty. The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1999
Nicolaïdes, Kimon. The Natural Way to Draw: A Working Plan for Art Study. Boston: Houghton Mifflin company, 1941

Image: Our office from outside, drawn blindly | April 2012

Advertisements

Your thoughts?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: