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Contour Line Drawing - focus on three

Will be used for a flipped classroom idea.

Brett Schwieder

on 7 September 2017

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Transcript of Contour Line Drawing - focus on three

Pure / Blind Contour Drawing
Start with combining the Pure contour drawing with the blind. In other words you will be drawing the very outside edge without looking at what you are drawing, only the object/picture. Think of creating a silhouette of your object. Do not look at what is inside but only the details that create the object.
Importance of contour drawing:
Contour drawing is an essential technique in the field of art because it is a strong foundation for any drawing or painting; it can potentially modify a subjects’ form through variation within the lines. Its objective is to capture the life, action, or expression of the subject.
What does Contour Mean?
Contour is the edge - an outline that defines a form or shape. Or in other words, contour describes the outermost edges of a form or shape, as well as the dramatic changes of planes within the form.
Types of contour drawings:
Modified Contour Drawing
Contour lines
Drawing with Lines

Modified Contour:
drawing the edges of the shapes with in the object.

• capture the edges and details that we often overlook. It makes the object look more three dimensional.

• develop good hand-eye coordination which is key when learning to draw. With regular practice, modified contour drawing exercises will help train your hand to follow your eye's movements.

• develop the right brain muscles, help it become more assertive and aware of the observable,

• balance the left brain's tendency to standardize, generalize, and simplify everything, which creates stereotypical ways of seeing and drawing.
For some of the other whys, contour drawings...
Blind Contour:
drawing an object using observation without looking at your paper while drawing the object.
Pure contour:
the very outline of the object, nothing drawn on the inside.
Variable Contour:
Vary the width of the contour line to give emphasis and weight to the line. It gives the illusion of the line having more.
Cross Contour:
Follows the "landscape" of the form. Think of an ant crawling across the object or a topographic map. You would draw lines that would follow along the form. Variable lines make it look even more exciting.
We are now going to look inside the object but focus on breaking the object into shapes.
There are 4 rules to remember:
1. Inside out

2. Solid lines

3. No erasing

4. No shading
Start at a focal point within the object and work to the outside. It is easier to get the small things right as you go then the big picture and cramming things into it.
This is to help you work quickly and keep things neat and clean. It can also force some to become more confident in there decision making.
This is also to help you work quickly since time is not spent fussing over erasing and redoing shapes. It can also build confidence for some and teach that you cannot always erase a mistake. Sometimes one must find a way to make it look like it wasn't a mistake.
This too is to speed up the drawing of the object. Once the object is drawn and the drawing exercise is over, it can be shaded, painted, or used in any manner that will increase it's artistic nature.
Be prepared for a quiz on the material given.
Blind Contour line drawing
Shape - Anything that you can draw a line around and connect. Every value can be put into a shape.
Find the contour or edge of your shape and draw it. As the shapes are put together a whole picture is created. In many ways you will be creating a paint by number type effect.
As stated before, drawing an object using observation without looking at your paper while drawing the object.
Think of it a one continuous line
There are many Contour drawings but we will be focusing on only three. You will be doing those three next time in class
It is not always easy but is fun to do especial when you try to do your friends or family members faces.
First attempt. Started on left and went to right side. I got to big on the right side.

Second attempt. Started on left and went to right side. I did better on the right side but still a little off.
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