Blind contour drawing: relax and let go of outcome  February 5, 2015

To practice blind contour drawing is to relax and let go.  It's not as simple as it sounds.  The natural desire to peek at the page while you are drawing is undeniable. However, with practice, you will find the letting go liberating; the focused drawing, soothing and relaxing.

The seated Budha I drew above looks very little as it should. This is proof that I was truly immersed in following the contours of the object. Before I knew it I was lost in line, relaxed and in the present moment.

I feel that “blind contour drawing” helps grounds us. I call it a daily practice of  “letting go”, another “thrive tool” that I would like to share with you.

It is best if you read all the instructions before beginning.

Step One

Gather your materials:  an A4 piece of paper or your drawing journal and a sharpened pencil or soft colored pencil. It is best if the pencil is 2B to 4B.  The higher the number in the B series of pencils, the softer the mark becomes.

Step Two

Select something to draw. It could be a doll,  a cabbage,  a crinkled piece of paper, or an old shoe. It is best if the object has some textured edges.

Step Three

Find a place where you can sit and draw for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Place the object in front of you. You can set a timer if you wish.

Step Four

Repeat this intention quietly to yourself:

My intention is to draw this object freely without looking at the paper”.

Step Five

Set your eyes on one point of the object and begin drawing what you see from that point on, on your paper. As your eyes move along the edges of the object, your hand will draw what you observe. It is as if your hand and eyes are working in unison. It is a continuous line that unravels very slowly.  The pencil does not lift off the paper. All the while, you will never once look down at your page.

FOCUS all your attention on what you see in front of you without attachment to outcome on the paper. LET GO and relax.

The process, not the result, is all-important; the journey rather than the destination.

You will find yourself relaxing as you meander about the page without concern for how the image will turn out.

If you do peek, you will interrupt the flow of line and focus, bringing you out of your relaxed state. Don't worry, it gets easier to let go.  Just try again. With time you will see how easy it is to simply OBSERVE and make a mark with childhood abandon.

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