Contour Line | Blind Contour | Architectural Drawing

Contour Line | Blind Contour

The simplest and earliest method of drawing was “Delineation”. Its most pure form is the Contour Line.

Three major types of Contours:

  1. Blind Contour
  2. Negative/Positive Contour
  3. Cross Contour

This is the line demarcating of “What is” and “What is not”. It is a boundary between what is perceived – seen – called. The positive shapes, and the space surrounding the perceived object called the “Negative shape”.


Blind Contour - Hand
Blind Contour - Hand

The contour line is a deceptively difficult line to draw well and a well drawn contour line rests upon sensitive and detailed persuasive information.

It is a line which has not only to express the edges of the figure but also suggest what conceals behind it.

This exercise has to make use of line in all its possibilities:

  • Even and Variable
  • Thick/Thin
  • Light/Dark

And adjust the pressure on the pencil so as to suggest the three dimensional quality of the object. The source of light is a major consideration.

Here’s the Exercise:

Draw your hand wrist to your fingers with a contour line. Observe and draw all the minute details. Try not to lift your pencil from the paper. Go in a continuous stroke. The images will give you an idea of the blind contour of a hand wrist to the fingers.


Blind Contour
Blind Contour
  • Still Life
  • Flora Fauna
  • Outdoor Sketching

Do not look at your drawing and go slow…..



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