An experimental lesson in blind drawing
Sometimes my drawing pupils have great difficulties in the comprehension of three-dimensionality.
Of course we always practice the tool set we do have for achieving three-dimensionality within a a two-dimensional drawing.
As there are e.g. shadow and light – of course – or in a pure line drawing (where we don’t block explicit shadow areas) the variation of line weights for modelling the object’s spatial dimensions. Which of course needs a lot of practice…
But interestingly at some point I realized that the difficulty was not only in applying that knowledge,
but generally to perceive an object’s three-dimensionality.
So I came up with the “Touch and Feel” drawing idea: I wanted them to experience an object`s three-dimensionality by not seeing – only by touching – it.
I gave them a plastic bag with an unknown object in it and told them to put their left hand into the bag to explore the item inside and meanwhile draw what they touched and felt.
Here are the results of the blind “Touch and Feel” Drawings – the models were little Cow Figurines (by Schleich)…
- Drawn as felt
- Drawn as seen