We handled various objects brought in and described them to each other to practice articulating the feel and sensation of what we were holding without looking at the objects.
This was later translated into marks, so for example surfaces described as furrows, edges, thin lines, rough patches, heaviness, holes and indentations were then created by mark with materials including plaster on board and charcoal. Another exercise was pure contour drawing and drawing from touching the profile of the face without looking.
I've been really grateful for the opportunity to run these workshops in experimental mark making using the 5 senses as a point of departure. It's been a learning curve for me to test them out. My thanks go to the very committed Naked Eye drawing group for asking me in the first place and throwing themselves into them!
working into plaster on board
tryptic of frotage ash and found material
lovely sketch book work
profile by touch and contour drawing
inverted profile and contour drawing
detail of tryptic