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Art Tip of the Day

Updated on September 9, 2012

Blind Contour Drawing

Blind Contour Drawing

Eye/hand coordination is very important in drawing. This little technique can help you develop your skills in this area. It's fun and easy and doesn't take a lot of fancy art supplies.

Blind contour drawing is simply creating a single line drawing without looking at your hand but rather using your eyes to follow the shape of the object and its details. Let your hand do what your eye is doing. You won't be looking at the paper or your hand and you won't lift the pen from the paper for the entire drawing. You won't be doing any shading or extensive detail work. Simply a contour line drawing.

To create a blind contour drawing you simply need a ball point pen, a piece of paper (printer paper will do) and a subject. Your subject can be a person, an object in nature or something in your living room. Start out with one object.

Select your object and have your pen and paper ready. Use a drawing board or a table. A table is good for this as it can help you to resist the temptation to 'peek'.

When you have your object selected, get ready to draw. Put the pen point down on the paper and then trace the object with your eyes making your hand 'follow' the same path. All the lines will be connected as it will be one long, continuous line.

On important note! Take your time. This is meant to be a slow process. Don't worry about what it is looking at. This is simply a technique that will help you to develop your hand/eye coordination. Move slowly. As your eyes move slowly up the edge of the object, so should your hand be 'tracing' what you are seeing. Also, do not lift the pen from the paper during the entire process.

Date your work so that you can track your progress.

You will not create a masterpiece doing this, then again you just might. At any rate, it is practice and you will develop important skills for drawing while having fun. I personally enjoy it and I hope you will give it a try. Remember, no matter how much you might be tempted to, don't lift the pen from the paper and don't peek!

Art on!

Fun Tip

This is something that is fun to do at baby showers or hostess parties. You'll need pencils and a sheet of paper (memo pad size) for each person, a door prize and a judge. Select an object and place it where everyone can see it. The guests are then informed that they must place the paper on top of their heads and using the pencil, draw the object. The judge checks the drawings and selects the person with the closest rendition of the object as the winner.

This little game using blind contour drawing is also fun at kids parties and great for family fun too! Enjoy!


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    • Teri Helton profile image

      Teri Helton Ott 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Thank you for your comments, leroy64, RTalloni and Robie! I am refreshing my art techniques and this is one I intend to practice too!

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      Robie Benve 5 years ago from Ohio

      I've heard about this before, but I never practice it. Thanks for reminding me of blind drawing, I'll definitely try. Ciao! :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Interesting technique to practice. Thanks for posting this info on developing eye/hand coordination.

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      Brian L. Powell 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas (Oak Cliff)

      This is a great technique. I do this every now and then. It's also a great warm up for those of us that sometimes need a little time to get started.