Assignment: In your sketchbook spend some time drawing a bicycle. And don’t look at any reference. Just draw what you remember a bike looks like.
This exercise was probably quite a revelation. It’s amazing how much we overlook, isn’t it? That’s a key problem we encounter when we start drawing — the difference between what we see and what we think we see.
In the project by Gianluca Gimini— he asked people to draw what they think a bike looks like, and then created 3-D models of what they would look like in reality. Check it out http://www.gianlucagimini.it/prototypes/velocipedia.html
Drawing is just a process of slowing down, observing carefully and copying each element, then the one next to it and so on. That’s what we did in the abstraction exercises on the first day, and now we have to apply that same process to drawing objects in front of us.
Next, you will be exploring "Blind Contour"
This exercise forces you to draw without looking at your page the whole time.
Your subject: your shoe. Ideally, one with some complexity, not a ballet slipper or a flip-flop. Set yourself up so you can see the shoe but not your page. Then start your engine and begin to drive your eyes around the contours of what you see while your pen tracks along.
Go slowly, go back and forth, and don’t worry about what marks you’re making. Wait to look until your journey is complete.
Assignment: Draw a shoe without looking. Try to keep your pen on the paper as much as possible. Take your time! Once you are done this choose 2 other complex objects to also do in blind contour.