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.”
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