blind contour exercise 1

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What Is Blind Contour?

The Blind Contour video will show you the basic approach needed to complete Exercise #1. Though a small potted plant is used as the subject matter, you have the option of drawing one of your hands instead. Drawing one’s hand is a relatively common subject for the assignment. A true blind contour drawing means you do not look at the paper or you do not lift your pencil up once you start. It should be a continuous line that follows the exterior outlines of the object’s shape. Lastly, the final rendering of the object may look distorted and out of scale/proportion. It is not meant to look realistic. You are working on improving your eye-hand coordination by seeing and feeling all the nuances of how outlines describe shapes.

Cheap Joe’s 2 Minute Art Tip – Blind Contour Drawing (March 27, 2018):Cheap Joe’s 2 Minute Art Tip – Blind Contour Drawing (Links to an external site.)
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Materials/Supplies

  • 18” x 24” Newsprint Pad/Drawing Board
  • 2B Drawing Pencil
  • Eraser (white plastic or kneaded)
  • Pencil Sharpener

Instructions

  • Remove one sheet of paper from your newsprint pad.
    • Be careful not to tear the paper unevenly as you remove it from the pad.
    • The sheets are attached to the pads with an adhesive binding that can make it difficult to pull the sheets off cleanly. I suggest pulling the sheet slowly and carefully from the adhesive binding.
  • Attach one sheet to your drawing board for the first exercise and follow the instructions below to create a sheet of Blind Contour drawing.
  • Create two Blind Contour drawings of either one of your hands in different positions or a potted plant on one sheet of paper.
    • Draw at least two different views of the object(s) you choose
    • Try to render them life-size, whether it’s a small plant or your hand.
    • Both drawings should be on one side of the newsprint paper (do not use the back.)
    • It is ok if parts of the two drawings overlap.
    • Draw for 1-2 minutes without lifting the pencil or looking at the paper

Submission Instructions

  • Take a photo of the drawing with an 18-inch ruler
    • The ruler should be next to the outside of any side of your painting with the numbers visible. Do not place the ruler within the artwork.
  • Upload and Submit the photo to the assignment
    • Click on Attach
    • Click on Choose File
    • Locate and Open your photo

Rubric

Exercise 01 Blind Contour

Exercise 01 Blind Contour

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeBlind Contour of 2 objectsDo a blind contour drawing of two different small objects on one sheet of 18″ x 24″ newsprint paper.

4 pts

Full Marks

Completed blind contour drawing of two different small objects on one sheet of 18″ x 24″ newsprint paper.

3 pts

Partial Marks

Completed a blind contour drawing of two different small objects on one sheet of newsprint paper, but the paper wasn’t 18″ x 24″.

2 pts

Half Marks

Only completed a blind contour drawing of one object on 18″ x 24″ newsprint paper.

1 pts

Partial Half Marks

Completed a blind contour drawing of only one small object and the newsprint paper wasn’t 18″ x 24.”

0 pts

No Marks

Didn’t complete the assignment.

4 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDraw without lookingDo not look at the paper while you draw. The drawing of the object will look distorted and out of proportion but that is ok.

4 pts

Full Marks

Did not look at the paper while drawing. The drawing of the object looks distorted and out of proportion.

2 pts

Half Marks

Completed the drawing but looked at the paper. The drawing of the object doesn’t look distorted and/or out of proportion.

0 pts

No Marks

Didn’t complete the assignment.

4 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePhotograph of ArtworkThe artwork is photographed correctly:
—Not keystoned.
—All the 18-inch ruler (metal, wood, or plastic not a tape measure) numbers are legible, and the ruler is lying on the outside edge of the artwork, not on top.
—The lighting on the artwork is even.
—The background behind the artwork is neutral.

2 pts

Full Marks 4 of 4

All four criteria were met.

1.5 pts

3 of 4

Three of the four criteria were met.

1 pts

2 of 4

Two of the four criteria were met.

0.5 pts

1 of 4

One of the four criteria were met.

0 pts

No Marks

The drawing didn’t meet any of the criteria.

2 pts

Total Points: 10

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