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Wikipedia Definition: A Contour Drawing

March 29, 2020

"Contour drawing, is an artistic technique used in the field of art in which the artist sketches the style of a subject by drawing lines that result in a drawing that is essentially an outline. The purpose of contour drawing is to emphasise the mass and volume of the subject rather than the detail; The focus is on the shape of the subject and not the minor details. However, because contour can convey a three-dininsional perspective, lenght and width as well as thickness and depth are important; not all contours exist along the outlines of a subject." An example by Wikipedia is a contour drawing by Egon Schiele. Examples may be seen on the web.