2. Blind Self-portrait

In my first official drawing class today we studied “contour”, otherwise known as lines or a silhouette. With sharpies, we did a few simple drawings of a stuffed elephant, iron, blender, and a unique light up dragon. Seems easy enough, right? Although the objects were not complex, the catch was that we had no more than three minutes to draw each one, and we had to do it blindly (without looking at our paper). We learned to examine each object individually, and transfer the image we were seeing to provide our hand’s movement. The professor described our drawings as jigsaw puzzles before they were completed. I liked that. His homework for us was to look in the mirror and draw a blind self-portrait of ourself in less than three minutes.

It’s not too shabby for not looking at the paper and doing it in about two minutes. The one thing I really notice is the freckle right of my nose I tried to draw ended up right of my lips.

I think this was an excellent assignment and has motivated me to do an actual self-portriat which I’ll post at a later date. Maybe this will inspire you to do a (blind) self-portriat! I’d love to see them.

I typically don’t take pictures of myself, but these first two posts I’ve done both have me in them…strange.