Contour Line Drawing and More Charcoal

I thought abstract art would be the thing challenging me most in my drawing class, but I just hasn’t discovered all the weird ways to make at yet. On Monday, we did contour line drawings, which to me seem like one of the ugliest ways to render body parts, but here we are. We started with hands, doing dominant, opposite, and blind.

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Then my shoe.

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Inspiring, no? Yeah, me neither. Then self portraits, which I haven’t done since high school, and I discovered the same concept is true now as was then: if I like it it doesn’t look like me. In this one (I was wearing a hat, not a weird hairdo) I think I resemble Mary from Downton Abbey (albeit with a much larger snozz) more than myself.

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We did two more charcoal erasing drawings, one with a sky theme and one with a wall theme. We were supposed to do the sky abstract, but I’m having the worst time abstracting my concepts. Hopefully applying the term to mean “skies of other planets” helps with that. The spacesuit here is from the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, based on Buzz Aldrin’s. I did change the patch to a world instead of an American flag because I hope by the time we get this close to Jupiter, we will be more united as a planet.

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And for my wall drawing, I didn’t get very abstract at all, but I really like how it turned out. Ironically, there’s more sky in my wall drawing than in my sky drawing. This is an adobe pueblo on a Texas ranch.

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Some more pretty sky photos, because this is the best month.

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Finally, I experimented with contour line drawing on the bumpy bus, and I got more abstract than ever because I did it quick and sloppy:

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