To make a drawing look realistic we must show our viewer everything about the object from the way the object looks to the way the object feels. To train our brain to focus on the specific details of objects students must unlearn the way that they typically draw. When children draw, they are usually free-drawing, creating the drawn images from their heads. This type of drawing often leaves out important details which cause the drawings to look less realistic.
In class we used blind contour and contour drawings, of shoes, as a way to re-train our brain to focus on the details of the objects we are drawing. Blind contour drawing, is a contour drawing, where the artist fixes their gaze on the outline of the object without looking down at their paper, drawing a slow, continuous line without lifting their pencil from the page. Both types of drawings are done to help train the students to focus their gaze on the object while they are drawing it.
While I observed the students drawing I noticed that they were focusing on what they were drawing and were focusing on including all of the details. Even the blind contour drawings looked somewhat like the shoes they were drawing. This week we will work on drawing contour and blind contour drawings of birds from images and models.