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By Roxanne Yoquelet

By Roxanne Yoquelet

By Paula Pritchard

By Paula Pritchard

By Laura Lindsay

By Laura Lindsay

The first Beginning Drawing class of this year has ended. I can’t resist posting these blind continuous line “selfies” that they learn the first night of class in order to get out of their left brain and really begin to “see” and feel the contours of a subject. There is such honesty in them as I know many of you understand. These students worked hard through six weeks of learning to use line and value. They studied negative space, perspective and cross contours, also. They learned to use their pencil to determine angles and measure length. They began using plumb lines, practiced gridding a photo reference and learned how to crop for scenes and subjects for a center of interest. If you would like to view more of their work, I have devoted a page to that. You can access that gallery by clicking here. ย …or by clicking on the Beg. Drawing page at the top of this blog.

Thank you to all my students who allowed their work to be posted here!


  1. This is such a good exercise!! your guys are doing so well. Isn’t it so interesting that it has nothing to do with likeness but tells such a rich story of who it is. Drawing is the key hey?

    • I like how you put that about telling a rich story which builds upon the likeness. Very cool! Thank you, Stephen.

  2. Thank you for sharing!

  3. These look terrific and what a great exercise! But Leslie, you know my favorite is those dogs in the purple wigs on the linked page. HAHA SO CUTE. ๐Ÿ˜€ Lots of great stuff and I know you’re a great teacher!

    • The dogs in the purple wigs are so wonderful. I agree, Cindy. …and they are “real”! They are dressed in doggy wigs! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Beautiful to see how our minds work alongside the personality, awesome exercise Leslie!

  5. I love blind contour drawing! I agree with Stephen! These say so much. Your student’s work is excellent.

    • Thank you, Carol. I knew you would understand the honesty in these.

  6. I like how you equated blind contour drawing with “selfies”!

  7. These drawings are wonderful! Your students are fortunate to have such a caring, invested instructor. I enjoy your blog!

  8. I love it, it’s awesome grandma:)

    • …and you know how to draw blind, now, like these ladies! Thank you for following and commenting, Sydney!

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