A good friend, Deborah Hansen, sent me a drawing of her cat, which had been prompted by my post, Look or See. Rather than a pencil sketch, Deborah employed her iPad to make her drawing. She uses the Procreate app on her iPad for much of her work, and as she said, "I decided to cover the existing design with a solid layer and used the eraser tool for the contour drawing. Using the eraser shows what is underneath the solid color." I'm going to have to try this technique. Great way to get a scratchboard effect!
Deborah does beautiful work in many media. Take a look at her wonderful website at http://deborah-hansen.squarespace.com
One last example of contour drawing shows how this technique develops the character of a line. These chairs seem a little quirky, don't they?
Contour drawing is a fun way to learn to draw. It does take some patience because you need to make yourself draw slowly as you absorb the shape of the object that you are drawing. You only look at the paper when you turn a corner and you never take your pencil off the paper.
With contour drawing, you become aware of all the details of an object. You are practicing 'seeing.'
Try it and send me your results!