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In 1947 Life Magazine asked their comic strip artists to draw their favorite, famous characters. That seems like a fairly simple request, doesn’t it? Those artists drew comics for a living, how hard could that have been? Well, here is the twist: they had to draw with their eyes bound by a blindfold!

Dun, Dun, Dun…

comic strip artists draw blindfolded

Now that you’re aware that these artists were blindfolded while drawing, you are likely expecting the results to be scribbled lines, with no sense of structure or form, and in all directions of the paper. Much to our surprise, however, the end results were not as crazy-looking as expected.

Since the artists lost their sense of vision completely while they allowed their hands to create all of the work, all they had to rely on for their creative test was their repetitive learning and memorized hand movements. Luckily, because our memory plays such a huge role in tasks we complete daily, the results were, not flawless, but definitely impressive!

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Each illustration below shows the original drawing on the left, paired with the blindfolded drawing on the right.

comic strip artists draw blindfolded LIFE Mag - Zack Mosley

comic strip artists draw blindfolded LIFE Mag - Bill Freyse

comic strip artists draw blindfolded LIFE Mag - Frank King

comic strip artists draw blindfolded LIFE Mag - Mel Graff

 

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comic strip artists draw blindfoldedLIFE Mag - John Striebel

comic strip artists draw blindfolded LIFE Mag - Gus Edison

comic strip artists draw blindfolded LIFE Mag - Frank Robbins

comic strip artists draw blindfolded LIFE Mag - Chester Gould

 comic strip artists draw blindfolded LIFE Mag - Chic Young

All images via A Hole in the Head

Not too shabby, right? I will say this, the drawings on the right are so much better than what my results would be…without a blindfold. But hey, not everyone is an artist! I definitely give these cartoonists the props they deserve.

In addition, we think it would be interesting to put cartoonists of today to the same test. With digital illustrations taking place more and more often, we wonder how the results would vary – if at all.

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