If you draw with your eyes closed, not only are the results fascinating, but you have a great excuse if they don’t turn out! I do the initial ink drawing blind, then I added colour or shading and text with my eyes open!
below are several galleries of different blind drawing projects.
Blind Barneys & Blind Billies
I made a set of artist trading cards of my schnauzer Billie, then when Barney came along, i did some larger portraits of him.
While visiting my parents in Mississippi in 2010, at the end of the day i would close my eyes and draw out some of the visual impressions of the day, then open my eyes and fill in the colour, and added the lettering. I did the drawings on scraps of recycled cardboard, and mailed them out as postcards to friends back home… waste not, want not!
Very briefly, I was taking part in an internet drawing club, with monthly theme prompts. These are the surreal results. The first two I digitally inverted, because I knew I wanted them on solid black (but didn’t have the patience to do that much inking!), so I was sure to colour them in the opposite palette for reversal.
Here is a series I made on Thanksgiving 2010, uncoloured, just capturing the day in small ways.
Another set of blind-drawn trading cards
Eyes Open Drawings
When I’m not making blind drawings, I make these sorts of drawings (yes, I consider collage a form of drawing, i guess.).
Sometimes I make a collage or two… here are some samples.
Fabric and Thread
Although these are animated, I also consider them drawings – but with fabric and thread. I plan on making an animated work about my mother using these techniques and more.
Paintings aren't drawings, are they? ... they kinda are, in my opinion anyway.
at the beginning of the pandemic i made a few drawings with paint – aka paintings! i’m not much of a painter, but by the fourth (purple/black) and fifth (yellow/blue) ones i did see some improvement… mostly because i started sketching studies after the first three… drawing from the models!
Here is a mish-mash of some old honest-to-goodness actual drawings, using pens, pencils, charcoal, pastels and sometimes markers!