Drawing Challenge Week 5: Blind Contour Drawing

Blind Contour Drawing is a drawing exercise, where the artist draws the contour of a subject without looking at the page.

This exercise is popular in almost every drawing class that I have taken and with artists observing the world around them.  The challenge of this exercise is not the specifics of the drawing, but focusing on what is in front of you. This is an exercise is seeing.

While this exercise is often used as a warm up for longer drawing sessions, the challenge this week is to focus on seeing and creating a Blind Contour Drawing. Try to sit for as long as possible (think 30+ minutes if you can) and focus on the details in front of you. Don’t worry how your drawing looks in the end, all of ours are going to look weird.  

Helpful Tip: Use pen so that you are not tempted to erase and ‘fix’ your drawing(s).

Another Suggestion: Try doing this technique (the whole Blind Contour Drawing thing) as often as possible. Do it every day if you have the chance. Do it as a warm up (5 min) before starting work each day. Do it before beginning to work on another piece of art, so that you see the details that may otherwise be overlooked.

Please feel free to join us! All are welcome. Please follow these simple steps to send in your drawings and participate.


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So this is a thing that happened…. I included a picture of what I was attempting to draw. I know its a good thing for me to do, but I have little patience with myself for these exercises!




Unlike my cousin, I love these exercises. I find them peaceful and relaxing (I know, I’m weird). It helps me to focus and see things more clearly. And I recently started a new sketchbook, so that’s exciting. – STKerr

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