Muscle memory is the main idea of this lesson. We do things daily, complex actions, that our hands and feet have to execute perfectly. And our body needs to do these things without or conscious thought on the subject. Walking is a fairly complex act, but most of us do not actively think about our walking. Our muscles have been trained, over time, to work in the correct manner to help us go about our world. Walking is only one example of muscle memory, but there are tons of other activities we use it for, including but not limited to: sports, typing, and video games.
Drawing is also an activity which requires muscle memory. Early drawers often have issues because they spend most of their time looking at their drawing, and not their model. Professional artists, who have developed some skill and muscle memory, are able to spend more of their time looking at their model.
This exercise was our first try at helping to develop your muscle memory for drawing.
Set yourself up with pencil, paper, and you will be using your hand as a model. You will align yourself in such a way so that you can look at the modeling hand w/o being able to see your drawing. Using a continuous line (and no erasing or correcting) attempt to draw the pose your have placed your hand into. Try to be really aware of how far from your body your drawing hand has moved, how far to the right, etc. Trying to be aware of how the placement of your drawing hand feels will help you to create successful blind contour drawings.
You will need to draw a total of five blind contours. Afterwords, draw one more hand contour – but on this one you can look at your paper, correct, edit, etc.
This is a formative grade.