WHAT IS CONTOUR LINE?
A contour is the line which defines a form or edge - an outline. Contour drawing is the place where most beginners start, following the visible edges of a shape. The contour describes the outermost edges of a form, as well as dramatic changes of plane within the form. Put simply, a contour line drawing is an "outline drawing," that uses no shading.
A contour drawing is done when the artist looks intently at the EDGES of an object, but rarely looks at the paper while the pencil moves. The goal of contour drawing is to make a line that is authentic and true to what you are actually seeing, and to train your hand to copy your eye's movement.
There are several different types of contour line drawings:
Why Do we do these?
It is a classic drawing exercise to:
HOW TO DO IT:
1. CONTINUOUS CONTOUR
Your Face Using a Mirror - You can look at the paper and the mirror to draw your face, but you will only draw one continuous line. Do not pick up your pen or marker until you are done.
2. BLIND CONTOUR
Your Face Using a Mirror - You will only look at the mirror. You will not look at the paper. You can pick up your pen or marker, but you should do everything possible to not look at the paper.
3. MODIFIED CONTOUR
Your Face Using a Mirror - You can look at your paper. You can pick up your pen. You should try to draw an accurate representation of you. Do not shade.
4. Vase Face Drawing
5. Monster Vase Face Drawing
6. UPSIDE DOWN CONTOUR drawing exercise
7. MODIFIED CONTOUR of hand holding scissors
8. Cross Contour Hand Holding Scissors
9. MODIFIED CONTOUR Still Life - 8 Images of your choosing