On contour line drawing

I really like this article on contour drawing, one of my favourite modes of drawing!

The Drawing Page

One of the great things about teaching is that you never cease to learn. As an artist, I can choose to focus on the drawing and painting processes I enjoy the most. As an instructor however, I teach for specific course outcomes and encourage my students to gain a better understanding of the broad scope of drawing.

Over the years, I have grown to love the contour line drawing process. This is an approach in which the artist slowly records the inner and outer edges of an observed subject with a pure deliberate line. Many drawings by David Hockney, Henry Matisse, Egon Schiele, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres and Ellsworth Kelly, are great examples of contour line drawings (as you can see in this link to an article about Kelly’s plant studies) http://www.gardendesign.com/ideas/art-botany-ellsworth-kellys-plant-drawings.

It is the end of the second week of Fall quarter, and we have been working on contour line drawings from complex still lives in my Drawing I class…

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