I think I have only tried contour drawing one or two times previously, so yesterday, using a .09 mechanical pencil, I tried it again. These were done very quickly and the results are hilarious. The first drawing was using a photo for reference; the rest are self-portraits while viewing me in a mirror. After looking at these, I thought they could possibly be used as a basis for an abstract.
Most were blind contour sketches where I didn't take my eyes off of the subject, not looking at the paper. Aren't they comical looking! Contour drawing is actually to be done very, very slowly, barely moving the pencil while looking at the small area being drawn. Concentrating solely on that area before moving on to the next area.
In the book by Kimon Nicolaides, "The Natural Way to Draw", his first exercises are on contour drawing and recommends 1/2 hour for one drawing. Obviously, I didn't take that time with yesterday's sketches but plan to today, if I can make myself draw that slow.