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Blind contour drawing is a drawing exercise, where an artist draws the contour of a subject without looking at the paper. The student fixes their eyes on the outline of the model or object, then tracks the edge of the object with his or her eyes, while simultaneously drawing the contour very slowly, in a steady, continuous line without lifting the pencil or looking at the paper. (extract: Wikipedia)

 

What is ‘A Month of Duncan?

It’s a little #Longhaul project I completed in March (2015) to help fill the void after finishing my year long project #365CREATE.

(I have been feeling a little off centre since completing that particular goal).

Blind contour drawing is a technique I started exploring towards the end of #365CREATE (with hilarious results) and one I wanted to explore further.

  • Would my drawings become more accurate with daily practice?
  • Would my daily scribblings help broaden my perception of art?
  • Would my husband agree to sit for me every day for a month?

and would A Month of Duncan springboard into another project?

 

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Well, as you can see for yourself, Duncan agreed to sit for me. Amazingly, I only had to bribe him with cookies for the first few sittings.

Did my blind drawing skills improve? 

I am not convinced that they did. I think any perceived improvement in my drawings was down to my mood on the day, concentration levels, and working out that if you start with the eye you will get a recognisable result.

However, my ability to recognise the value in everything that I (and others) do and produce has improved. So much so that A Month of Duncan is going to be turned into a rubber stamp collection.

6 mini Duncan’s carved, I just have another 24 to go!

 

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