How to Draw
Drawing with a Grid
How to draw is easy for some and a challenge for others. Some come by it naturally while others have to learn to draw. There are many different drawing techniques that can be used and no one is the only correct way. I always feel that "What works for You" is the right way.
One of the easiest ways I found for learning to draw was by using a grid.
It made me look at the relationship of lines in a limited area, and when you put all the blocks together, you come up with a complete picture.
Drawing with a Grid
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How does a Grid Help You?The main thing is that it makes you look at lines and how they relate.
What if You Want to Change the Size?There are two things that you can do.
How Do You Transfer the Drawing onto Your Canvas?You can trace it onto the surface you will be painting on using Graphite Tracing Paper. Be sure it is Graphite Tracing Paper, not Carbon Tracing Paper. Graphite Tracing Paper
Using a Grid for Perspective
Here is a perfect example of using the grid to help draw this building that had multiple attached structures which were also well above eye level, adding to the complexity of the lines.
As you can see, there are much sharper angles for the tops of the roofs because the viewer is looking up at the structure.
If I hadn't used the grid, I would have had to find the vanishing point for the building so I could get the lines in the right perspective. I think the grid was much easier.
Another thing that was very helpful in using the grid was that the original photograph was 8 x 10 while the painting is 24 x 30. I was able to enlarge it to 3 times the original simply by making the squares 3 times bigger on the painting.
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