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Full Contour Drawing. Extending your Observation Skills. Full Contour Vs. 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.

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Full Contour Drawing

Extending your Observation Skills


Full contour vs blind contour

Full Contour Vs. 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
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 observation

Correct your drawing with Observation

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 right!


Foreshortening overlapping
Foreshortening& 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 yourworkby positioning some objects behind others.


What to do
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 necessary.

  • Erase mistakes.


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