Our Drawing Fundamentals class has spent the last two weeks focusing on ACCURACY. Accuracy in rendering a subject, either from a photo or from still-life, is one of the first skills that we work on. Angles and shapes fit together in the proper scale and proportions.
Talented artists who can render accurately have amazing EYES. It's not just the hands that draw. We would even argue that hands aren't even the most important tool in drawing. Drawing begins with the eyes and an awareness of how these angles and shapes fit together.
One of the best ways to train our eyes to SEE these relationships is through drawing on a grid.
Grids break up the large page into smaller, more-manageable spaces. They give us a roadmap to follow. It's easier to plot a point and hit the target if we narrow the playing field!
Below is an example of a simple grid drawing.
The original line drawing is on the left and the artist's rendering is on the right. Completing this drawing without a grid, is much more difficult! (We know. We tried!)
Click here to download a printable grid and simple line drawing that you can try at home!
(Easter-themed, because we're dreaming of spring!)
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