Relax and do not think so much. My understanding is that Blind Countours is all about line quality, expressing what you see/feel through your line. Nicolaides wants you to perceive through all of your senses, especially your tactile facility, and there is really no need for a mental dialogue: feel the model.
Originally Posted by anjyil
Blind countours is about feeling. It is great that you feel you are dragging your finger across the surface of the model, but it would be even better to feel you are dragging the sharp tip of your pencil across the surface. If you are really carving the image into the paper, it means your pencil is disconnected from you perception, while Blind Contours is about connecting the two. You do not want to carve into the flesh of the model, right? As my teacher used to put it: 'don't hurt the model'...
I am a verbal thinker. Everything ends up in the form of words and impressions for me. Even dreams. I don't remember images exactly. I have impressions of colors and words that make the image, though the image in my head that I recall is as clear as a photograph most times. So the verbal dialogue builds the image, and the whole while I feel like I am literally carving the image into the paper with the pencil. It feels solid. Every now and then, I am so in touch with it that it feels like I am dragging my finger across the surface of the object. But with the way people describe setting up the process, I worry that I am not "doing it right."
No. If I cannot tell the difference between your line when sensing an eye and a cheek and a hair, something went wrong.
I understand that there is, technically, no right or wrong way but there is a way that was intended with the exercise. It is just such an internal thing that I think people have trouble talking about it...?
Do Blind Contours once or twice without paper, using yourself as a model, and fysically touch your model with the sharp tip of your pencil. Feel how it is to be touched, and feel how it is to touch. Is it pleasant? Does it hurt? Is it carving or caressing? Blind Contours is like making love.
So...how did you handle the issue for blind contour? What was your thought process? How did you "feel" the form. I know this is hard to explain. Maybe that is why I have not found any discussions at all anywhere on the web on this aspect.
I agree, but it is not a completely internal process: this meaning must show in the line!
(side note: the person I was talking to indicated that he interpreted it as a belief, changing how you think completely and giving the line meaning. I think this is great and works for most people, but I wonder if there are other views and interpretations)
Grinnikend door het leven...