Blind Contour Drawing

pablo-picasso-nude-1909 HI123 NUDE123 draw123 images-1 i look hot123 rightwrong123 lola123 rightwrongToday is the first post for Olivia’s Fashion School! As a fashion student I was taught that drawing, draping and cutting were essential if anyone wanted to be in the industry regardless if it was designing. Mastering these three skills will help develop a deeper understanding of a garment thus making you better at what you do.

Today I put together the basics of fashion illustration and that’s Blind Contour drawing. This is a method in which you draw the contour (outline) of a subject without looking at the paper. You may think what is the point of doing that, teach us something useful Olivia. I thought the very same thing my first few semesters but because of countless hours of doing this type of drawing I feel like I have mastered the body. You need to understand the body because that’s where the fashion is going to go on to. Let’s get started!


Supplies needed: Newsprint, (great paper to practice drawing and quite inexpensive), charcoal, kneaded eraser and a bulldog clip.


The correct way of holding a drawing tool and the the wrong way.

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Charcoal is good for beginners because getting different textures can simply be done by pressing it harder or rubbing it with your finger. A kneaded eraser can be molded like clay to get into specific areas that needs touching up and the best part is it can be cleaned by squishing it together (I often get carried away with it).


Now all you need is a model and NOT a work of art like the Picasso above. And this might be a little uncomfortable for some but it’s best to work with nude models, it the best way to understand the body. It’s quite easy to find one, google images!


Keeps your eyes focused on the model and start at the head and work your way around slowly without lifting the pencil. Get all those crevices, this isn’t meant to be perfect. Overlapping and oversize arms means your doing it correct. For this example I’m actually using a nude model but didn’t think it would be quite appropriate to post it on my blog but you get the idea.


Here is the final result, if it looks a little silly then you I didn’t cheat by looking down at your paper. I did it a second time to show that no two drawings are going to come out the same.


Here are a few more examples.

I hope you guys enjoyed the first post for Olivia’s Fashion School, which is going to be a regular every Tuesdays. Let me know what you think!


Olivia Aimes

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