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Quick sketch drawing practices with blind contour technique and a touch of fashion art illustration

teacher avatar Melissa Conde, Artist, illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Material for class


    • 3.

      Warm up practice


    • 4.

      Gathering inspiration


    • 5.

      Blind contour whats that about


    • 6.

      Blind contour a simple object


    • 7.



    • 8.

      Sketch Ink over pencil


    • 9.

      Advanced quick sketch


    • 10.

      Fashion illustration blind sketch


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    • 12.

      Uploading your project


    • 13.

      Class Project


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About This Class

level up your drawing skills.

This is a sketch and drawing class with  a few tips and exercises to enhance your artistic skills and activate your creativity.

We´ll start by trying out our materials and warm up by making some marks with all of them.

after that we´ll have a quick over view about blind contour drawing and move on to drawing simple objects like a water bottle or a mug 

Blind contour drawing is a drawing technique used by artists to improve their observational skills and create expressive, uninhibited sketches. It involves drawing a subject without looking at the paper while maintaining an unbroken line, hence the term "blind" contour. The purpose of this exercise is to encourage the artist to focus solely on the subject's outlines and details, rather than the final result, leading to more accurate and intuitive depictions.

Here's how the blind contour drawing technique works:

Choose a Subject: Select an object or a person as your subject. Anything can be used, such as a still life arrangement, a potted plant, a picture an image or even a friend posing for you.

Prepare Your Drawing Tools: Use a pen, pencil, or any drawing tool that allows you to make continuous lines without lifting it off the paper. The line should be continuous and unbroken, even if it becomes messy.

Position Yourself: Sit or stand comfortably in front of the subject, ensuring that you have a clear view of its outlines and details.

Begin Drawing: Before you start drawing, take a moment to concentrate on the subject and mentally map out its contours. Once you're ready, place your drawing tool on the paper and begin drawing the outlines of the subject. Crucially, keep your eyes focused on the subject and avoid looking at the paper while drawing.

Don't Lift Your Pen: As you draw, follow the edges and details of the subject without lifting your pen or looking down at your drawing. This is what makes it "blind."

Embrace Imperfections: Expect the drawing to look messy and distorted. Blind contour drawings often appear abstract and distorted because of the continuous line and lack of visual feedback. This is perfectly normal and part of the process.

Know When to Stop: Once you feel like you've captured enough of the subject or completed your contour drawing exercise, you can stop and look at the finished result.

The goal of blind contour drawing is not to create a finished masterpiece but to refine your observational skills, hand-eye coordination, and drawing technique. It helps artists become more in tune with their subjects and improves their ability to translate what they see onto paper. Additionally, blind contour drawing can be a fun and meditative exercise, as it allows artists to let go of perfectionism and embrace the imperfections in their art.

following to gathering inspiration online or from magazines even pictures you have from back in the day.

now you are ready to start making blind contour fashion illustration sketches (low expectations on these ones) with the images we have pre selected earlyer.

after making a few of those we go on to our class project which is to combine blind contour as the base of or art work and finish it up with mixed media details

this is a class to relax and have some fun letting go of perfection while training our eyes and hands to work together.

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Melissa Conde

Artist, illustrator


A warm welcome to you!My corner of the art world where creativity, watercolors, fashion illustration, and botanical drawing I believe in the power of art to inspire and uplift !Whether you dream of illustrating , creating stunning botanical artwork, or simply wish to explore the world of Drawing Sketching Doodling in Ink and/or watercolors, here's your gateway to unlock your artistic potential.Jump in any of my classes today, and let your artistic journey flourish.

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1. Hello!: Welcome everyone. I am delighted to have you here today. My name is Melissa Conde, and I will be your guide through this exciting journey of artistic expression. In this class, we will practice drawing warm up exercises and have a quick view over blind contour drawing. And discover how this approach can enhance our district skills. We will practice drawing, letting go of preconceived notions of what a subject should look like. Instead, we will train our eyes and hands to work together without the expectation of the final result, we're going to have FUN. And the best part of this class is that you can use whatever media you have available at your reach with over 20 years of experience with painting and drawing, you can find out more about me and my profile. Don't forget to follow 2. Material for class: This is what you will need to take this class. Any kind of markers, pencils, colored pencils, brushes, paint, whatever you like or have. Take a look around the house and gather everything together. Literally any kind of paper, sketch book, scrap paper, print sheet paper. And let's set up our workspace. You will need a table. Try to find calming place, quiet, gathering or material, and bringing a beverage. Whatever you like. Can sketch from my phone, sometimes from my notebook. And even from a picture I printed or something I found on a magazine such as this. I will see you there in a minute. 3. Warm up practice: In this video, we are going to make some warm-up exercises. Let's get started. Now if you're paper in front of you and all the material you gathered, we will start by making simple marks and have a pencil, and I'm going to make small straight lines trying to keep them the same size. And whatever comes to my mind, circles, just trying to be precise. At the same time. Learning it loose, trying to just explore the pencil. And being silly because that's fine. Here I have a brush, pencil, brush, pen. Make leaf, like eyes, circles, whatever comes to mind. Okay. On the other side of this pen I have thin ink pen. I'm just trying them out. So when I go to actually draw something, I know what each one will do and have to be testing it. Here I have a pink one. I'm going to make a few lips, just a couple of bumps like a heart shape. And one in the middle. I already start feeling a little looser with my hands. Here I have a blue one. With this one, I'm going to make different shapes and just whatever. Here. This one is skin tone marker. But it's kinda dry, so I'm going to put that aside. That one is not going in. Here's another brush pen and trying to make a straight line with their and then peep, peep, peep, peep, peep, peep, peep it. Finally, a black marker. We're just making gestural strokes. At the same time trying to make a circle on the negative space. Just have. See you in the next video. 4. Gathering inspiration: Gathering inspiration. In this video, we're going to gather a few images. If you have a few magazines, I happen to have a couple of old Vogue magazines. And just take a look around the house if you can find some, because it's nice to have it in your hands to draw from. But you can absolutely like this one. I'm going to draw it, this one. Choose a few. And you can also use an image from the, from an internet search. Just to go to Pinterest or Google, whatever. Just go to Type photograph and you see a clear photograph poses, and save a few. For body pictures. Challenges, health. Choose the one difficult, 1.1 simple. And sometimes you think it's going to be good and then the difficult one is even better. Anyways, get a face and a couple of faces and set up your workspace. And you can absolutely draw from your notebook as well. 5. Blind contour whats that about: Blind contour drawing is a great exercise for all skills and levels of artists. It helps to develop hand-eye coordination and promote an understanding of shapes and proportions. Make sure you have a clear eyesight of your subject. And without lifting your pen or pencil from the paper, keep your eyes focused solely on the subject. Do not look at the drawing surface at all during the process. Begin by any point on the subject's outlines or silhouette. Slowly trace the contours of the subject with your eyes. Following the edges and curve is as closely as possible. Step two, I like to take a good look at it again and try to make the details such as eyes and lips or shapes. The result drawing will likely be a distorted one since it's almost impossible to draw precisely without looking at the paper. Embrace this Imperfections as they are a natural part of the process. Once you feel you have captured the entire outline, you can move on to some details. If you feel that you are done, you can stop. It's okay if the drawing looks messy or unfinished. That is a typical blind contour drawing. Select an object, a potted plant, a picture, an image, or even a friend posing for you, can serve as a still life arrangement. The goal here is to refine observational skills, hand-eye coordination and drawing technique 6. Blind contour a simple object: Now that we have warmed up a little, Let's set up our space to draw something simple that we have at our hands reach. In this case, I will draw this bottle of perfume bottle. And I have here my sketch paper. My materials are a couple of markers. And I'm going to start. I will draw the bottle that I chose, placed right in front of me and my hands will do exactly what my eyes are doing. Looking at the lines of the outline of the object, whatever my eyes are doing, my hand is doing. The important thing is not to look at the paper and always have your eyes on the audit. Your hand will be wherever your eyes are doing. Let me show you again from another angle. It's good to draw the same object two or three times at least. So you can notice the difference and it will enhance your confidence as well. 7. pencil_sketch : Hey, in this class, I will use my image from my phone. So you can see, can be done. And I will give myself just a couple of minutes to draw. I am using a pencil this time. And I have placed the phone on the right side of my sketch paper. And the phone keeps going on. I just touch it and it comes back a little bit of pressure to make it quick. Again. Let's start with the pencil. So maybe you can feel a little bit freer and draw freely because it's not a pen. So I get first the outline and then I start looking at the details and you see how loose I leave my hand. Really just obeying what my eyes see. And just keep going around the face. I will admit sometimes I cheat a glance at the paper because I really want to get the face right. The rest, I'm not so worried, but you will see why in our class project. Once I get the face and the eyes right place, the rest is really more expressive and not that important to me. And we're done here. 8. Sketch Ink over pencil : This video, I will not be using blind contour drawing. I have our sketch here ready with the proportions and all made with blind contour, which I think are more accurate. And now I want to give it that Fashion Art, Fashion Illustration, artsy look by looking at the image and then looking at my previous base drawing made with the pencil. And I'm going with the ink pen, just drawing over it and adjusting what I think looks better for my taste. So this is a combination of the blind contour, which again, I'm going to say by experienced that the proportions and the pose, the body positioning. I have tried a lot of times. And the blind contour just gives it more realistic. And it's, it's crazy, but it's more proportional. When I do the blind contour for the outline, the shape of it. And then I can come and I can switch between markers. Like now I'm doing some shades. I like to vary the line you see on her hair. It's a thin line in here. I want to use a thicker one. I think it's more interesting to the eye. And she's starting to look more like the picture. Can never be as good as the picture. And that's not what we're trying to do here. I like the way this is coming. I love to do some lashes and shade on her neck. Really gives it the sensation that she's in the sun. Now I'm just overdoing it and I think it's ready. Yeah. Okay. I go back to the thinner ink pen to do a couple of details because sometimes I just don't know When to Stop. And if you ask yourself, if you if you have to stop, then it's probably time to stop. There it is 9. Advanced quick sketch : 0 K. Now if you're an advanced drawer or an artist, I will challenge you to make a one-minute drawing. Choosing something kinda hard like this image here. I'm going to do it real quick for you to see. And you can do the same, or you can choose one. That is step up for you. Give yourself 1 min on the clock. And you will get the most important features and shapes of the image. I'm sure. You will be surprised of what you can do. And then I'm going to finish up this drawing with a little bit of ink. I just love this part here. I'm going to go over with the brush and a little bit of ink. Feel free to use color if you like. I'm going to now go over with the tip of the brush and adjust whatever I want to use. Ceo made her arms larger there. And I am looking at the image now. This is not blind contour anymore. I am looking at it and I want to move her hand even though the pencil hand looks awesome. I think it can be here instead of there. And I'm going to emphasize whatever I think I like best. I don't want it to all be the same shape and color. So I'm leaving a lot of whitespace. And I think it's interesting for the eye to go around and see. One thing is painted, the ones not. He gives us more pleasure looking. So I am taking my time here before I did the drawing super quick and now I take a little bit longer to finish it. If you're a seasoned artist, you want to take it up an arch, you choose an image that is challenging for you. This one for me, it was a first and I did only this one. I didn't try making another one. So the drawing is the base of it. I didn't pencil. Now, without an eraser, you can adjust whatever you want. I love the drama of the black and white image. And I think this is coming out nicely. Hands are always difficult. For me. I don't play with it too much. Couple of lines here and there. And it's a hand trying to make a person back here. But I'm not going to waste too much time with that. Almost ready. Just more and more and more. Yes. So K the arm of the chair. I think. Got it pretty good. Don't T2. So if you go to this point, try something like this and posted in our class project session. See you there? 10. Fashion illustration blind sketch: In this video, we will draw directly with an ink pen on paper, a blind contour drawing of an image I chose randomly from a fashion magazine. Here I placed it on the left side of my sketching paper and I will draw as much as I can without looking at my paper and only to the image this time no pencil, just trade up ink pen. So let's get started. I will begin looking at the silhouette, the contour quickly. So I don't have to think much. I'm just going to go for it and draw what my eyes are seeing. Sometimes I'll cheat a little bit, just take a look at where the hair or the eyes are placed. So I can choose a starting point to put my ink pen on that. Just touch it and then I want look at it anymore or just coupon drawing as much as I can without looking. Little cheat just here and there. Try to do as the least you can. So we can have a real exercise and train our hands and brain and eyes to work together. And only by this way, you will elevate your drawing skills. It's okay if you wanna go over and over on the same line to adjust a few things. I don't mind the Harry lines, they I think gives a sensation of movement on the dry. I can like it, but it's your choice. Just feel free to explore some details and don't overthink it. I think we're pretty much done here. I will say this sketch to use it for our project. And on our project. Yeah 11. Congratulations!: Congratulations, you have reached the end of our drawing class. And I couldn't be more proud of you for gracing the blind contour drawing, which is not easy. And please do not hesitate in sharing your Art. At our project section of the class, Let's build a community where we lift each other up, like comment, follow each other, and learn with our mistakes. And he laugh at ourselves. Art is a never-ending journey. And I hope to see you in my other classes as well. By 12. Uploading your project: Okay, to upload your class project, you will come down here where it says Project and Resources here. And you will click on submit project. Here you will have project title, cover image, project description. The cover image you will upload by clicking here and choosing the photo of the image you want to be seen on your class project folder. And it's like a little cover image for your class project. You can crop it and then you can give it a name. Let's say here I'm just going to see blind contour Illustration. Down here. We will have the project description where you can write anything you want about your experience in the class, about the teacher, what your challenges were, and what you liked the most, whatever you want to share. About this class and your project. Right here, you will see under this image, little square where you will choose to upload more images. It will come up right where you stopped writing there. You can upload many images. You just click Enter, go back to image, and select another sketch or whatever you made in this class. When you're done, you can keep on going. When you're done, you go back up here and you will click Publish, and you're all set. I'll see you there. 13. Class Project: Follow these steps for your class projects. Step one, choose an image. Step to blind contour, sketch this image as you have trained in the previous lessons. It could be a person or an object. Just remember to stay loose and be quick. Don't worry too much, especially in this first layer of the artwork. Now that I have done sketching it, I am going to go ahead and move on to step three, which is highlighting the parts that I liked the most. So now, from now on, I'm not blind sketching anymore. Now I am looking at the image. And with watercolor, I am just going over parts and fixing whatever I would like to highlight. You don't have to be a painter. It's just touching the paint and going over these parts. You can use ink or whatever other media you would like. Don't worry too much. Remember this is about enhancing your drawing skills even though you might not understand it. Or notice, this will be training our eyes and your hands As you draw. 0, K. I think. I might want to add some other color. You can. I'm going to use ink to highlight a little bit more. And you can go as far as you like. I don't want to overdo it. So I'm just highlighting the eyes, the lips, and the hands, which was what I aimed for. The next video, you will see how you can upload your project in the project section of the class. I hope you have a good time and I will see you there. We're done here.