I realise this sounds technical, and indeed this exercise is often done by serious artists wanting to learn how to make better drawings, but today we are just going to use it as a different way of drawing. You may remember that I told you about our brains’ shorthand back in April when we were drawing without looking:
By slowing right down and forcing our eyes to follow the outline of the object we are drawing, we actually begin to see the details. The shape of the top of the mug, the angle of the sides, how the handle joins at the top, and the bottom, how wide the handle is and does it taper. All of these details usually just disappear in your brain’s shorthand: '
Mug = circular thing with a handle for tea'. It’s your brain’s way of getting through the day without overwhelming you. You don’t need all that detail to make a cuppa!
Or we can just ignore all that, have fun and have a go at drawing voided shapes to fill with detail or pattern later.