Today we worked on contour and blind contour drawing.
Assignment: Draw a shoe without looking. Try to keep your pen on the paper as much as possible. Take your time!
Assignment: Pick an object to draw, something fairly complex but not overwhelming: an egg beater, a coffee pot, a stuffed toad, a head of broccoli.
Run your eyes slowly around the edges of the object and copy the line down. When you have that outside contour recorded, draw the larger shapes within. Then draw the details inside. Keep going until you have drawn all of the shapes you see. Use your alphabet and take your time.
Assignment: Turn the object to a fresh angle and get ready to draw it again, on the same page as the last drawing. This time look for landmarks. Notice where things protrude and intersect. Notice how things on one side line up with the other. Use these landmarks to help define your proportions and relationships.
Assignment: Time for a third perspective on your subject. Turn it again and do a new drawing, still on the same page. By now you're getting to know this subject pretty well. Apply that learning to this fresh perspective. Look for new landmarks, angles, curves. Notice how your drawing has evolved.
Assignment: Draw a variety of contour drawing of your pet from different angles on the same page. If you don’t have a pet handy, use a friend’s pet as a model or a wild animal (bird, squirrel, etc).