I know, I know, 'What the heck is contour drawing?' and 'Why is it so important?'. You can start by watching the video and then continue reading for a more in-depth explanation.
Okay, so, a contour drawing is a drawing that is primarily the outline of the subject that you are drawing. It gets complicated though because you can (and should) include details that are not strictly part of the outline of the subject. As I'm sure you noticed in my example.
My recommendations for doing contour drawings are these:
TODAYS’S LESSON: Using a continuous line draw your subject in as detailed a way as you can while looking at the subject MORE than your paper and pen.
HOMEWORK: Do 10 contour drawings!
Good luck my loves, and remember to drop me a line if you want to share your work or want some feedback!
Welcome to another Saturday edition of ARTminute!
So far the response to this project has been very encouraging and I hope that people will continue to watch and participate. If you’re new to my blog or YouTube channel I’ll let you in on what we’re up to here. The idea is that twice a week I release a very short video that is either a mini-lesson about some art/drawing technique or it’s a practical discussion about how to incorporate an art practice into your life. I will also likely include my ruminations on the creative process and ways to stay inspired.
Onwards! The lesson in Ep 03 was about the importance of ditching your eraser while sketching and the homework was to create 10 sketches without erasing even a single line. Find that video here, if you haven’t already seen it. Hopefully, there are some brave souls out there who actually did the drawing exercise! If you did I’d love to see what you came up with, you can tag me on Instagram and Facebook or send me an email!
ARTminute Ep. 04 “On Waiting for the Perfect Moment”
Hello, my lovelies!
I am super pleased with today's video lesson! It's the first video with actual advice about drawing. The subject today is sketching. Since these lessons are so short I really have to segment everything that I have to tell you, which means that we're really just scratching the surface and you'll have to stick with me every week to get more and more into each topic as it comes up.
Okay! Here's the thing about sketching, it's like warming up for a workout. You're often stiff, uncoordinated, and awkward. Which is exactly how your sketches will come out, especially if it's the first drawing you've done all day.