Monday, April 5, 2010

Blind contour drawing

This is a fun exercise. It loosens the drawing "muscles" and it helps let go of expectations about the end result. After all, when one draws without looking, one cannot be expected to "produce" likeness, right?

This is one attempt at blind contour drawing of, you guessed maybe, myself! After all, Frida Kahlo said “I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.”

 The backgound is a failed attempt at transfering a magazine image. I did not glue it properly and I did not wait for the matte medium to dry, so the paper peeled off and "produced" a bunch of figurines behind the focal point. Even to the right I "see" a group of people. Sometimes it seems I am a gypsy reading coffee grounds...