This drawing assignment relates to this one, where I had you draw giraffes “blind,” without looking at your paper. Here’s today’s assignment:
- Find references of a chosen subject (in books, internet photos, live models) and do 4-8 blind contour drawings, layered on top of each other. Don’t worry, it will look like a big mess, believe me! (I used an ultra fine point Sharpie and white cover stock paper.)
- Now, while looking at your paper make the drawing into “something.” In the example above, I had drawn my cat while she was cleaning herself. Then I “saw” a man’s face in the lines, and so finished that drawing. It’s now a man holding a fox.
Here’s Step 1 from a second piece, using elephants as my original reference:
And here’s the finish (Step 2):
Since I had been drawing elephant trunks, heads and feet, it seemed natural to make an elephant. You can see that I made the start of an elephant face into the ear, and I added to the existing trunk, then towards the end felt I needed to add the shape even again, but bigger (the part I colored yellow).
Even though I was doing this drawing with this assignment in mind, I tried to reserve judgment and just have FUN! You should try to do the same (reserve judgment, have fun).
If you try this, I would love to see them!!
What are “Assignments”? They are mini tutorials of drawing exercises I do myself. I hope you will try some of them… Drawing is a Blast!!! Here are some past “Assignments”: