Day 10: Blind Contour Self Portrait
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Hey everyone, this is Ryan Putnam with 28 to Make and right now we're gonna do a cool exercise, a blind contour self-portrait. These are really fun. First, you'll need a piece of paper. It can be pretty small, you could go big too, I went pretty big in this one, but it's fun to start off with a smaller piece. You can use anything to make a mark, colored pencil is what I used, use a Sharpie, a pen, whatever you're most comfortable with. And to start this one, go sit in front of a mirror, look in the mirror, and then put your pencil on your paper, and then start to draw your face without lifting your pencil and without looking at your paper. It's kinda hard at the first, but really try hard not to look at your paper and not to pick up the pencil. When you're done, you'll come up with some crazy looking kinda self-portrait. This is one of me, of course. And they're really funny and really fun. This is a bigger one I did. It's fun to try this with different type of ...
media, again I used this big thick brush and some ink. This one is a little different because it's a little hard not to see this because it's so big 'cause it's in your peripheral vision. But again, try to experiment with different kind of media, and this is a great exercise to take yourself away from what you actually think the content looks like compared to what it actually looks like. You are very much focused on what it is you're looking at compared to what you think it looks like when you're drawing it. You could even use landscapes if you want or different objects or different portraits of other people. Super interested to see your guys' self-portraits (upbeat music) in this blind contour context. Share it you know with 28 to Make and let's see whatchu got. (quick upbeat music)