Blind Contour Corner - 'Smoking Lady'

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So I Want To Start Something New ..

Called 'Blind Contour Corner'. Since I like drawing these Blind Contour Drawings, why not share them on a more regular basis. At least we can all get a kick out of them.. and hey! who doesn't need a good smile or laugh once in a while. I know I sure can use one daily :-D So here we goooooo-----> I am going to post at least once or twice per week a new blind contour drawing of something or someone I come across while muddling along on my daily routines. I will post them either shaded or not depending on my mood or which I thinks satisfies my artistic spirit. I may even make up some sort of quaky story to go with it if I get creative enough.

Today's Blind Contour Drawing - 'Smoking Lady' ..

It was absolutely beautiful out the other day. Temps were in the 70's and the breeze was blowing like a summers day. I was sitting in my car outside of a Taco Bell and glanced at the car down the way from mine. Parked a bit crooked and containing a lady dressed in pale white. She had her eyes lightly shut with a cigarette resting precariously between her lips. It was unlit as she appeared to be deep in thought, almost like a prayer was being given. Her lips slightly moving as the words were trying to form and escape from them. In her hand she kept a tight hold of a piece of paper, folded over and over and worn to shreds. As I would glance back several times I wondered what she was thinking and telling herself. I pondered what was written or not written on the folded paper damp with sweat. She never did light that cigarette before opening her eyes, starting the car, and driving off into the day. Soon the 'Smoking Lady' was gone from sight.

Finished Blind Contour Drawing ..

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Finished Blind Contour Drawing .. INVERTED (for fun!)

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She Gave Me Just Enough Time ..

To sketch my vision of her deep in thought. I created this blind contour drawing in about 5 strange minutes. I say strange, because she did not know I was sketching her. I tried not to look like that creepy guy sneaking a look at this interesting human behavior before my eyes. For all I know, someone was watching me as well. What a surreal thought. hmmmm. Now I feel bad. Oh Well.. The sketch came out pretty cool. The tools were pretty simple, a single Sharpie and a piece of paper. I am going to leave this one un-shaded but may get the hankering to add some shade later on down the line. For now the creation is complete!

'Smoking Lady' - With Border

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My art work incorporates a wide variety of subject matter, including landscape, seascape, cityscape, and still life images. My works are the product of a continuing process of exploration through which I seek to portray personal and visionary interpretations of my surroundings. My paintings are impressions of places and events from everyday life, an interpretation of my imagination, and personal responses to what I see and feel on a daily basis. More recently I have invested generous amounts of time into my landscape painting. I am surrounded by natural and man made beauty, which inherently presents itself in the tri-state area, and almost demands that I paint it.

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I really love what you have going on. I am one of those that likes the written word paired up like this. I use it as a tool with my photographs, but, it is more powerful here, in my opinion.

Without even looking at the words, I could tell it was an elderly lady and by the angle of the cigarette, a long-time smoker. I can look at this and inhale the scene.

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Thanks @dswigle!! I always get a kick out of what others feel after looking at my creations (whether good or bad). I am with you on the fact that words paired with our photos or art are an important factor in painting a bigger picture for those viewing them. In my opinion, for what it's worth, it's essential for blogging. I can google a word or phrase and look at pictures all day.. Here I want to read a little something about where the picture was taken, about the inspiration or just something completely random. It's refreshing and I SUPER APPRECIATE you taking the time to tell me this. It boosted my self esteem a little today :-D That's always a nice feeling! See you around soon!!

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It is always my pleasure!

I love it!!! I really like this kind of art, but is really difficult to me to try xD I love what you do.

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Awe.. thank you. I appreciate the kind words and compliments. It’s a great boost for the old confidence. Thank you for the resteem and support. I also saw you posted it in the resteem relay :-D I’m full of smiles.

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It was worth a resteem! I really love see this kind of art on steemit. Hope this post gets a lot of support :3

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:-) much thanks.

Love the idea of doing this regularly! 😍

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I have been looking for something to do regularly that may only take 15-20 minutes of my time when I am short on it. This may work out. I only have to find the time to post about them now. It's amazing how much time it takes to post. Thanks for supporting me!!!!

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I know! For all my regular posts I keep a template document, so I just need to change the fine details and add photos and pictures, but even so it takes time 😜

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It looks pretty cool! I have some ideas for messing it up next time if you know some digital editing...ink splats and custom background textures feel like something that will work well with art like these.

I actually never had the courage to draw something directly with a sharpie (or anything that does not allow me to erase or undo), maybe I'm just too timid for that haha.

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Yea sure! sounds like fun.. I have a digital app I use from time to time. Sounds like your mind works well like that. I use cheaper paper, so if it doesn't come out as a recognizable piece.. I toss and try again. Some of them look like nothing while others look cool.

Cool!
I love to hear the stories behind the picture, that is often what makes it for me.
Thanks for sharing!

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Glad you like the story and the drawing.. Makes my day to hear from those who appreciate the words and also take the time to read them :-) THANKS!!!!

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You're welcome! It was very creative idea and made for an interesting image!

What a great sketch. You're fabulous. 👍

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Why Thank you!! I appreciate the words of encouragement and the support @wonderwop. :-D

@bdmillergallery,

BD ... interesting. My first impression of the drawing was, "OK."

But after I read the backstory, the drawing became far more intriguing. I found myself studying it for clues ... What was she thinking? And what was on that paper?

I became ... engaged.

I have frequently recounted an insight I had decades ago: "If a picture is worth a thousand words, how come they need captions?" The combination of pictures and words is something I believe more visual artists ought to consider (I'm a poet ... so word-bias disclosure). :-)

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Hahaha. I hear ya. It looks like a terrible sketch, but pretty good for not looking until the end. One continuous line too! She was a character. I suppose the whole pice of paper could be very romantic or very sensible. Maybe the note of tragedy or that of a grocery list. If it was a grocery list.. I wonder what was on it. Lol. Guessing matches or a lighter since she never did light that cigarette. I can still see her lips ever so slightly forming words. I am glad you took a chance to click on the post to find out there were words as well. I am a firm believer in giving more. I believe it does help bring the viewer to a more personal level and give them a glimps into my wacky mind.

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Hehehehehe. Awesome!

These contour drawings are really interesting, Brad and I love how you write about the inspiration that prompted these into creation.... What do you use to make these drawings? I think they might look a bit more artistic if you use something with finer tip?

And I wonder what she was thinking..... hmmm... she never did light her cigarette? :O Maybe she's struggling to quit smoking???

If that was the case, she won that particular battle, maybe? Hahaha~

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I used what I had in my truck at the time. A standard Sharpie. I’ll try with a fine tip and see what things look like next time. Thanks for the advice!! Good idea. I think maybe she was a bit mental, but what do I know. She was definitely mumbling something to herself. Maybe the cigarette is just there for support. Either way she never did light it. At least not in the moments I saw her. Got to love human behavior.

I'm a smoker myself, not something I may want to declare openly but when I look at your portrait, I realised just how awful I may look and just how bad it must seemed the impression given to others.
Don't get me wrong, your portrait is perfect. It's just how I see myself sadly :(

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It was a realization I had a while back that smoking went from being the cool thing to do, to delivering a somewhat more negative appearance. Me personally.. I grew up with a father who smoked and having lot of friends who smoke.. I still think it looks cool. I know its bad for your health.. but hey it looks cool. In this particular situation, she didn't even light the cigarette, just kept it resting on the edge of her lips. Strangely wild.

I appreciate your comment and never wish my art sadness to anyone. I apologize if it made you sad :-( Just look at it as a lolly pop instead. hehe. Thank you for the support though!!! :-)

Such a cool drawing @bdmillergallery, but I have to say I love the story attached to it even more! I love watching people and creating "stories" about their lives. You got a great one there :)

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Thanks. I always wonder if anyone reads anything I write. I’m not the best writer but I like to do it. I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for letting me know as it really does boost my confidence and ignites the fire in me to create another. :-)

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You are most welcome @bdmillergallery :) And yes, there are a lot of skimmers around here haha, but I'm glad you find my response encouraging!

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Thanks @artturtle! The support is very appreciated

Now this is not an easy technique! Nice work :)

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I can be a little frustrating at times but lots of FUN! Thanks!

I can imagine it... when you drew her for 5 minutes and had to stare at her all the time, wishing that she wouldn't move or notice you, or else awkward moments are going to happen. I think you did great capturing what she's doing, and that border frame adds the quality of this picture.

If you keep doing this, I might have to try it too :).

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Yea.. I was saying in my head, "What a creep I must look like". But I pulled it off stealth like, although I don't think she would of noticed an explosion just outside her window. She was deep in thought trying to work something out in her head.

You should definitely just try it. I did a pretty cool still life the other day. Forgot to capture the "process" I was so into the zone. I'll share it anyhow even without progress pics. Try a still life or a self portrait if you dare ;-).

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Thank You for this cool support! Feeling very HAPPY!!!!!!

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Haha great effort on all fronts here from the drawing to not looking like the creepy guy trying to draw someone without them noticing :D

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I see people do it all the time, but it didn't quite feel right to me. I did pull it off though.. or I don't know any different at least. hehe. Thanks for the support!!

I love these too. I think of all the varying studies of types of drawing I did at school to help us find our line and learn the importance of line. I always like them, short 1 minute life studies, drawing without looking at the page, never lifting the pen/pencil up from the page, all these things DO improve line quality and let's face it, drawing is the base of most 2d art and it's quality of line is pretty important, so it is worth doing.

I love this by the way @bdmillergallery

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Donna, You always know what to say to make me smile :-)

I can't agree with you more. Heaven knows that I can use all the improvement I can get when we are talking about quality of line. I just have to work on allowing myself the 10-15 minutes to perform these studies. I deserve that in my day. Thanks for the advise and support!!!

Fantastic work. Great technique. Hard to do. It reminded me of James Thurber's cartoons. Sketchy enough to mean more than they stand for,but classy.
There is also a certain element of abstraction and invites to see multiple images.

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You may be the only one to comment about seeing multiple images.. that is so funny, because I was thinking the same thing after I finished it. I can see a few faces and other stuff in there. My mind works like that too. Glad to meet someone else that has that type of vision!

Man... I forgot about Thurber.. Thanks for mentioning that! Loved his cartoons and now I am going to have to revisit them :-D

That’s way better than what I’d do 😳 Great job!👍 I can easily tell what it is just by looking at the drawing🙂

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Thank you! I guess my eye hand coordination is improving :-)

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Yes it is 👌

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It's my first time looking at this kind of art and I loved it!

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Thank you @robmojo! Glad you enjoyed it .. It's fun to discover something new every once in a while :-)

your drawing reminds me of a French face somehow and IDK why lol

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Hahaha.. I was thinking the same thing. Maybe the skill with the cigarette balancing on the edge of her lips?? Your right and like you, I have no clue why.
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Awwweeee.. @dswigle :-) you are too generous. Thank you!

Love this artwork. It's so cool to see the picture develope as you go along, it really brings to light the amount of work that goes into art creation!

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Thank you for those kind and supportive words. I appreciate it and feel motivated to create again!

What a fun project to create @bdmillergallery ♥ I look forward to more. I love the spontaneity of it, and your stories that go along with it.

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Thank you @lizablove! It was fun and something I love doing, just now thinking about sharing them more often. I am now hopeful of their acceptance having this support and encouragement from you. Glad you liked the story.. never know if they are much good, but fun nonetheless.

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I love how spontaneity works through us...like magic. When I tap into that, I feel so free. That's what you remind me of ♥

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Well put and what a nice compliment to give. Thank you
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Very cool subject matter. I remember doing this type of drawing in second grade. I fell I was pretty horrible at it, but everyone else was too. I haven't tried it since, but this piece does a nice job of capturing the spirit of the subject. Her indecision lends itself well to the shaky lines of the blind contour.

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Well stated..

Her indecision lends itself well to the shaky lines of the blind contour.

I appreciate the feed back and incite. This is refreshing and encouraging. I also remember doing them early in life.. and your right, I don't think it was anything but some squiggly lines and I probably hated it. Oh how things come back around. Have an awesome day and thanks for the support!

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Thank you!

Nice art!!!💞 #powerhousecreatives

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Thank you @jenina619!

I feel the same way about art and love your format here. May borrow it by the way. Beautiful story and contour art. It is good how you tried different versions.
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Wow. Thanks. I never get awards.