I recently had the privilege of teaching an art workshop to the U3A Art Group in Chepstow, a lovely group of like minded people with an interest in art. I shared a few techniques with the group, using photographs of horses and dogs as reference images. The grid method of copying from a reference image, is a great way to improve an artist’s accuracy when copying and to help one learn about proportions. Proportions are the ways that different parts of a drawing relate to each other and by using the grid method, these can be measured.
A grid is drawn onto the reference image and the same grid drawn onto your paper. Each square can then be copied individually, breaking the image down into more bitesize chunks. As well as making the task of drawing an image more manageable, the grid method also helps improve an artist’s observational skills. This is by allowing the artist to draw what is in each individual square, not how you think you see the image as a whole.
The group was very talented and by the end of the workshop there were some beautiful pencil drawings of horses and dogs which everyone should be proud of. I look forward to working with the U3A Chepstow Art Group in the future.
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