Contour Drawing of Your Hand While Looking

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Now, take a stab at that drawing while looking. Hands as a drawing subject are usually avoided, but you can actually get a decent drawing if you do just as much looking and relating of one line to another as you did in the first exercise.

1. Change your seated position so you can rest your other hand on the table.

2. Take another good look at your hand and the lines in your palm.

3. Pick a place and a line on your hand to start with.

4. Pick a place on your paper to place your pencil and begin your drawing.

5. Make the same careful observations about your hand as before.

How far does the first line go? In what direction? Does it curve? Which way?

When does it meet another line? Then what happens?

6. Draw what you see, not what you think you see.

7. Work slowly and carefully until you have gone all around your hand and recorded all the lines that you can see.

Your drawing should have all the sensitivity that you put into the making of it. If you did a drawing of your hand before you began these exercises, take it out and compare the two. Your experience drawing without looking (and sending Old Lefty off again) should have helped with the second drawing of your hand while looking. The more you practice really seeing and drawing what you see rather than what you think you see, the better your drawings will be.

Here are some student contour drawings, done while looking, for you to ponder.

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