There is a big difference between sketching what you see, and sketching what you think you see. The truth is, we spend very little time looking. I want you to slow down enough, to really look around you. I believe you will begin to see things for the first time. During your day, explore with your eyes. Look at the shape of things, what shapes make up the form? How does light effect the edges? Are the shadows long or short? There’s beauty in a well done line drawing. Contour drawing is direct and honest. Nothing to hide and you can say so much with so little! This is a slower way of drawing. Contour drawing very concentrated and forces you to slow down, and observe a little bit longer. First be aware of the over all shape. Then put your pen on the and only draw the line as you see it…look longer and draw slower. The pen sketch of my studio was done using this technique.
If you would like to challenge yourself, try a continual line contour drawing. In this exercise, find a starting point at which to put your pen on the page and don’t pick it up until you have finished. There can be a bit of distortion working this way, but I think of the distortion as part of the charm. Look at the pen sketch of the pomegranate and pepper. Here you can see a dot where I began and finished the sketch.