Contour of a simple object
This exercise was to draw the outside edge or contour of an object at first without the inner lines or negative spaces and then adding them. The object was meant to be drawn in one continuous line.
It was very tempting to draw what you actually see rather than an exact contour as the outline itself looks distorted with the shadows and extra details. On the last image I decided to turn the jug around to see if it made any difference to the look of my drawing or in how I drew it. I found that it made me focus more and concentrate harder on the actual lines as I’m used to seeing the object placed in the right-handed position.
Blind contour drawing
We had 5 minutes to draw the same object without looking down at the paper at all.
I really enjoyed this task as it felt very freeing to work without constantly looking at and therefore critiquing the piece your working on. I think both drawings have a good general shape of the object. I thought I was working much larger and especially with the second, I thought I’d drawn the jug in various sizes, but apart from one, they’re all very similar in both size and shape.
The resulting images from both of the above tasks are very different The blind one being a lot looser. I preferred this way of drawing and the final effect. It shows that overlapping imperfect or unfinished images produces enough detail for the eye to work out what’s missing.
If the contour drawing was used as a base and then the blind contour drawn over the top, this could give an interesting final image, like a blurred effect.
The idea of creating art through parts of images rather than the whole object or giving a distorted picture is very similar to the Cubist style. See further research here: Cubism
Drawing from memory
Using an A3 sheet of paper, I had one minute to study a colander then five minutes to draw from memory. I found that having a time restriction was a useful exercise as I normally take a long time trying to get the initial shapes and proportions down on the page. As you can see the shape is off here, I thing the view point should have been lower, but it was a useful exercise to try and get it done quicker. I think using charcoal would have been quicker than graphite pencil.
Using the same object, this time with the sketchbook under the table the idea was to follow the object with your eyes and move the pencil/pen in tune with your eye movements. Again, there was a five minute restriction. Having done the above exercise of this already made it easier than I originally thought, although I spent more time observing the shadows and where the light was hitting rather than just the shape. I actually thought I’d filled the whole page as it felt like my arm movements were quite large. This way of working has been explored and studied by the artist Claude Heath. For more research click here: Blind drawing