Artists/Art Works That Reflect Contour Drawing Techniques:
To make a contour drawing you draw only the edges or outlines of the shapes you see. There is no shading.
- Choose a point on the subject you are observing and place your pencil on your paper. For example’s sake, let’s say that you are drawing a teacup. As you look at the point on the cup imagine that your pencil touching the paper is actually your finger touching the observed point on the cup.
- Begin tracing the outlines of the cup with your eye. Move very slowly and observe carefully. Now, try to get your eye and your hand working in tandem. As your eye follows the curve of the handle, imagine your finger tracing the same path as your pencil moves along the paper. If your eye moves in a curve to the left, your pencil should move in a curve to the left. If your eye stops moving or looks away, your pencil should stop moving or come off of the paper. Never move your pencil unless your eyes are moving along the contours of the cup.
- Contour drawing relies as much on your sense of touch as on your ability to see. The line quality of your drawings will be more convincing and sensitive if you can convince yourself that you are actually touching the surface of your observed subject as you move your pencil across your paper (in tandem with your eyes of course). Your eyes may follow a curve deep into a fold in which case you may press harder on your pencil. Then your eyes may move lightly across a soft and expose edge, prompting you to lighten your touch as you imagine the way that surface might feel.
- Move slowly. This exercise is more about sensitive observation than about finishing a piece.