Contour drawing is an observational drawing technique that helps to develop perceptual skills and hand-eye coordination. Students who practice observational contour drawing, learn to observe and recognize relationships and accurate proportions that would normally be overlooked during the drawing process. Contour drawings also force students to slow down, visualize, and create more confident flowing lines.
Ideally, students should begin from the perimeter and work their way into the drawing using cross contour lines to imply form. Selecting an area of focus and working in the details using different grayscale tonal variations can also help to imply depth and tension to a contour drawing.
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