Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Blind Contour Drawing

Pick up a pencil or pen
or if you feel abandonment
coursing through your hands
select a brush. Now without
staring at your sketchbook,
without checking for place marks,
without wanting to seek a similarity,
look hard at the other and begin to draw
the person across the room. Think
of your drawing tool as a hand
caressing each in and out. Don't
worry about where each eye is placed,
or whether the mouth is caught open
or whether it's in a grimace
or the lips don't meet.
Simply allow your hand to learn
another's face, the way your eyes meet.
When you're done, lift your pencil
and look. Be captivated.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or grimace.

May 13, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, okay, I'll try it. But on my iPad. I've not purchased paper yet—that purchase would make this feel too serious.

May 13, 2012  

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