Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain – chapter 6

Chapter summary

Bypassing the symbol-system of the verbal brain requires work and directed study. The last chapter inverted the subject, this chapter features pure contour drawing.

Exercise 7
Pure Contour Drawing

More pure contour drawing of crumpled paper or flowers Pure contour drawing is an effective way of freeing up the visual brain that because it involves the close examination of large amounts of data that can’t be classified or sorted. It’s the first step in the perception of edges.

Exercise 8/9
Drawing Your Hand on the picture plane/Settng a Ground

The picture plane is analogous to Speed’s ‘flat colours on the retina’ – a two dimensional representation of a  three dimensional scene. The modified contour drawing is designed to introduce the concept and to convince novice artists that realistic drawing really isn’t that hard.