Members of Neuro Creatives, a support group for people living with neurological conditions, took part in a drawing activity called 'blind contouring' drawing this February.
Contour drawing means to draw something in a continuous line - ‘contour’ is French for outline or shape. Blind Contour Drawing is made from a continuous line to find outline and shape, but without looking down at your paper. It's simple and fun way to get started with drawing that focuses on intuition. It helps to bring focus to observation skills rather than memory, and can help to develop hand/eye coordination.
Everyone who took part thought it was a great way to kick off Neuro Creatives sessions and reported that they thoroughly enjoyed the activity. Below are some images sent in by those who attended:
Take part in blind contouring at home
Start by using a drawing media of your choice – this could be pen, pencil, charcoal etc. When choosing what to draw, consider starting to work with something natural such as flowers or foliage in a vase, or fruit in a bowl.
- Tape your paper down, A4 paper is good or larger
- Using one continuous line, draw what you see and resist the urge to look at your paper! Look at the shapes you see and slowly follow the outline and the forms without breaking your line
- Focus your attention on what you are seeing rather than what you think you’re seeing
- Trust that what you see will translate to the paper. If you meet the edge of the paper move back. It can be helpful to hold your pen/pencil loosely from the top
- When you feel you are finished then stop and see what you have created, how does it look? How was it to draw without looking? Is it what you expected?
- Have a go at doing another, maybe change media or draw the item from a different angle
- Now work some more into your drawing to develop it – you may like to define an area or certain forms, shade parts, add pattern or add some colour with paint
The idea for this activity is to explore and have fun. Your end result will not likely be an exact representation of what you’re drawing, but it will capture its essence and be a starting point to develop further.
We'd love to see your finished artworks. Please feel free to share yours on Instagram tagging @brainandspine and using the hashtag #neurocreatives.