Full Contour Drawing

Full Contour Drawing
Extending your Observation Skills
Full Contour
Blind Contour
Just like blind contour drawing, full
contour drawing builds your
observational skills.
In blind contour, you observe and
record. In full contour you observe,
record, critique, & correct.
This adds the thinking about your work
back into the drawing.
Self Critique
The first new step is a self critique.
You start your full contour drawing
the same as a blind contour.
The new step is to stop every inch or
so and look at the drawing.
Compare the 2-D line you drew to
the actual implied line/contour of
your object.
If the mark on the paper appears
correct, observe the object, and
continue the line.
Correct your
drawing with
The corrections should take place before you
erase the mistake.
Corrections should be done while observing the
object being drawn. Do not look at the paper
when making a correction.
When a correction is complete, erase the lines
that were in error.
It’s OK if it takes a few corrections to get a line
& Overlapping:
Although these two concepts are not
unique to contour drawing, we will be
dealing with them during this drawing.
Foreshortening is a technique used to
create the illusion of an object receding
strongly into the distance or background.
Overlapping is when parts of an object are
hidden from sight by another, closer object.
Overlapping techniques add depth to your
work by positioning some objects behind
What to Do?
•No looking down when
your pencil is drawing!
•No “sketchy” lines.
•Try to observe every detail
and record it.
•Stop every inch or so to self
critique your work.
•Make corrections as
•Erase mistakes.

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