Intro to Contour


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Intro to Contour

  1. 1. Thursday, March 22, 2012Agenda:1)Review Right and Left Brain Thinking2) What is contour drawing?3) Contour slideshow/youtube4) Looking at objects5)Blind contour drawings
  2. 2. Right and Left Brain Thinking Review• Your brain cannot focus on more than one thing at a time.• Left brain thinking is logical, rational, analytical, objective and looks at parts.• Right brain thinking is random, intuitive, holistic and subjective.• We use both modes of thinking all the time, together and independently andwe use each mode to interpret the other mode.• We can train our brains to see from a right brained perspective.• Your logical mind (left brain) will not accurately portray an object on paperbecause it will assign a label to the object and attach a restrictive image ofsaid object in your mind. Fortunately, your visual mind will see the very samesubject as a series of shapes, lines, dark shading and light shading thatintersect in ways and combine to create the whole.
  3. 3. Contour drawing: An outline drawing that represents theContour edge of a form. Contour lines: Lines that define the edges, ridges, or outline of a shape or form. Blind contour drawing: The artist slowly draws each bump and curve of the edges of an object without looking at the paper.
  4. 4. Contour Map: What do thelines tell us? The line that goes across an object, hinting at the form, is called a cross- contour. The first thing we do when beginning to draw is contour drawing, which is another name for drawing the outline. With contour drawing, we are focusing on the edges - the outside of an object or the line made by a fold or pattern.
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  6. 6. Now let’s look and see.•Pick out an object in this room.•Follow the surfaces of that object with your eyes.•Imagine tracing a pencil over the surfaces of the object.Blind Contour DrawingBlind contour drawing is an exercise in concentrating on the contours of an object and to avoidlooking at the paper. The paper plate blinds can help you with this. You should not look at yourdrawing until you are finished.To create your blind contour drawing, imaging that the point of your pencil is actually travellingalong the contours of your object. Slowly move your pencil on the paper, inch by inch, over thelandscape of your object paying close attention to changes in direction and surface details.Assignment #1Your hand. Don’t lift your pencil from the paper. Blind contour drawing will help you to observemore closely the structure of your hand and will make you more sensitive to detail. You will alsocapture proportions and develop a connection between your hand and the parts of your brainthat help you to see the whole image of your subject.
  7. 7. Remember that blind contour drawings will often appear distorted.Assignment #2Your classmates. You will create blind contour drawings of your classmates. Find a partner.Take turns do blind contour portraits of one another. You will have 5-10 minutes for eachdrawing.Remember, don’t look at the paper and don’t lift your pencil from the paper until you arefinished.Here are some more examples: