Drawing like a Master sounds pretty intimidating for much more than the average soul. There is not many who feel comfortable with a pencil in hand ready to render the likeness of Marilyn Monroe onto paper, or any other subject for that matter.
Drawing Like a Master, breaking it down in layman terms so that even the timid can shine. At least with practice!
There are several ways to decide how to advance and learn drawing techniques. Just keep in mind that the saying is very true – “Practice does make Perfect!”
Trace – Back to Basics
Drawing takes time, so let us go back to childhood and how we learned to write our letters. What did we do first and foremost? We traced! Whether it was our parents, teachers, or a workbook we traced the dotted lines in order to shape our letters.
The same goes for transferring an image. One can use tracing paper over an image, being sure to follow the form for a true reference.
Once you have your image on the transfer paper, you can transfer that image by tracing it once again using a form of graphite paper onto the surface of your project. This could be specialty paper; wood; canvas; or otherwise.
Projecting Your Image
Drawing Like a Master can be as simple as tracing with a projector. It is the same idea as the previous step but directly onto the surface of your project.
However, with this method, there is greater room for error and you must be aware of the pitfalls.
There is more room for distortion of proportions using a projector, especially on or near the edges of your drawing. This is because most lenses are curved, causing linear distortion. If you are aware of this there are ways to compensate by falling back on checking your perspectives manually so to speak.
Drawing Like A Master! My favorite is the Grid Method, as it is the next best thing to those gifted by having the talent to draw.
It consists of placing a grid over your reference photo and replicating that grid onto your surface by increasing the squares according to the size ratio. For example: If your surface is two times the size of the reference the ratio would be 2:1. Like two inches compared to one-inch squares.
Once you have the grid drawn on, always starting your measurements from the top left corner, you can start drawing lines and shapes within each square. The end result will be a replica of your subject.
Drawing Like A Master! Or perhaps as one gifted individual, a rarity indeed. If you are one of the highly trained and can draw realistically while maintaining perspective freehand, then have at it!
My hats off to you as this is definitely a talent that many wish to achieve in their lifetime.
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