Always wanted to learn how to draw?

Have you ever tried blind contour drawing? Creative play this week is about working from the “right” side of your brain.

Find a piece of paper and something to draw with. This will take about 10 minutes.

Place your non-dominant hand, for me it is my left, on the table.  Starting at your wrist begin to slowly draw your hand without looking at your paper or letting your drawing instrument (a.k.a your pencil) lift from your paper.  You might want to secure your paper to the table with a bit of tape or a paper weight.  Now, before you begin, ask yourself, “Is there any possible way that what you draw will actually look like your hand?” The answer, probably not.  But if you take it slow, notice all the lines in your fingers, on your palm, in the joints and knuckles, you will begin to relax and actually start to draw what you see as opposed to what you think you see (or what your “hurry up get this over with” rational left brain is telling you).

blind contour drawing

Interested in learning more about drawing?  I highly recommend “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards.  It is a classic and is full of really amazing exercises that will move you along quickly.  Incidentally, even though I paint abstract, this switch over in my brain is where I go and want to be when I’m in the “flow,” so learning about being in this space is kind of magic.

Enjoy and share your “handy” work with us.