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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Traditional 'Blind' Contour

'Traditional Blind Contour' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) In a traditional 'blind' contour you look only at your subject and not down at the paper. However, you do often have a sense of the paper and where you are on the paper in your peripheral vision since your eyes are open. That's how this was done, and you can see that it's different than the previous 10 days when my eyes actually were closed, and the only clues I had to where I was on the paper came from feeling for the edges. In both cases, the drawing was left-handed and the painting right-handed.

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