Contour lines serve as the foundation for constructing diverse types of artworks, and are the base on which all drawing styles and techniques are built. Contour drawing abilities are beneficial for whatever future artistic goals students may have.
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Introduction to Contour Drawing, Second Edition
By Brenda Hoddinott
10 Week Drawing Course for Beginners: Contour lines are the foundation on which all drawing styles and techniques are built. Wherever the shared edges of spaces or forms meet, contour lines are created. When contour lines come together to create shapes, everything you can see or imagine can become a contour drawing. Advancing your contour drawing abilities is beneficial to whatever art aspirations you may have.
Author of Drawing for Dummies, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Drawing People, Drawing Book 1: Getting Started, and owner of Drawspace.com