Contours

An organized line is not a crime.
Organizational Lines helps you establish angles and locations of objects within the drawing. These lines extend beyond the objects and are invisible, like virtual scaffolds. Organizational lines are achieved by using ones drawing tool (usu. a pencil or pen) as a straight edge. Locking the elbow and holding the tool perpendicular to the eye, the artist rotates the tool until it lines up with the angle of an object to be drawn. The artist then transfers that angle to the paper in a long, light stroke. This is continued until the angles on most objects are recorded. The artist can also use the straight sides of the paper to assist in placement.

In-class studio part A: Organizational Still-life

Contour Line
A contour line drawing is confident.  In a contour line drawing, you follow the contours of the object carefully outlining and delineating interior features using only line- no shading. This is a slow drawing that calls for concentration and focus to sync the eye and the hand and draw only what the eye sees in a very small space before moving to the next small space. This can be done blind (you do not look at your paper when drawing), continuous (your drawing utensil never lifts from the page) and/or cross contour (your eye travels across the surface and records the topography).

Line drawing

In-class Studio Part B:
Blind Contours
Sweet, Sour, Poisoned, Fake or Perfect? Using an expressive contour line, redefine an object given to you.

Big Assignment 2: Overlapping Contours on Vellum.

Sweet Illness (2009) by Moisés Mahiques - layered line drawing project

Moises Mahiques

NEXT WEEK: CHECK IN ON ASSIGNMENT 1 AND 2.  BRING THEM IN.

 

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