There is an amazing artist, Ivy Newport, that I take on-line classes from and follow regularly on FaceBook. I am in awe of her talent along with her persona. I've learned lots from her!
For a while now, Ivy tells us she has been starting her drawings/paintings with a contour drawing, one continual drawing without lifting the pencil. Here's the kicker... using her non-dominant hand.
I believe she surprised herself with the results and found this practice to be valuable. She says that she starts most of her paintings this way now.
I had my super-artist cape on Saturday and thought, "If Ivy can do it maybe I can, too." I was willing to give if my full effort. I smudged my studio with Palos Santos, said my intention prayer, and put my headphones on to listen to mellow music. Stood up to my easel with pencil in hand, took a deep breath, and off I went. I finished this drawing within 2-3 minutes. The big challenge was to not lift the pencil.
Yep - she's a little wonky. Which is to be expected.
Most of the placements look good.
It was freeing to not spend so much time on the beginning sketch which is what I find myself doing.
This just may be a technique I implement for the future.
I switched to my dominant hand and the extra fun part began as I got out my
charcoal + chalk pastels + pan pastels.
Here is the finished piece.